Questions tagged [opening]

Questions relating to the initial moves of the game and their aims

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Who is the Ross Gambit named after?

Recently in an infamous online charity simul, against Vishy Anand's Zukertort opening 1. Nf3, Indian billionaire Nikhil Kamath played the dubious 1...e5?, the so-called "Ross Gambit" by ...
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KID, Fianchetto Variation: 7…e5 vs 7…a6

In the Lichess database, this is the most popular way to play against the Fianchetto Variation of the KID: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O e5 But at ...
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What's the etymology behind the Great Snake Variation?

This is called the Modern Defense: [FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 This is called the Modern Defense: [FEN ""] 1.d4 g6 This is called the "English Opening: Great Snake Variation": [...
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Rep Suggestions for Petrosian System in Gruenfeld

I was wondering what people suggest against the Petrosian System in the Gruenfeld. I'm "club strength" and am just starting to learn the Gruenfeld. I'm especially curious about this c5-b5-...
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Do main lines score significantly better?

Even at highest levels players make significantly but human mistakes. On the other hand there exist a great opening theory with lines studied in deepth, especially the mainlines. Isn't the precision ...
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What is the point of playing the 5.d3 (or 6.d3) Ruy Lopez, when White can play Giuoco Piano (or Modern Italian)?

As title above, what is the point of playing the 5.d3 (or 6.d3) Ruy Lopez, when White can play Giuoco Piano (or Modern Italian)? In other words, why play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 (or ...
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King's Gambit Quaade Variation forces a piece sac or worse

From this position King's Gambit Quaade Variation, [fen "rnbqkbnr/ppp2p1p/3p4/6p1/4Pp2/2N2N2/PPPP2PP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 0 5"] If white plays 1. d4 then 1... g4 2. Bxf4 gxf3 3. Qxf3 is forced....
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Response in antichess to 1. e3 b5 2. Bxb5 Bb7

I've been playing a lot of blitz Giveaway Chess (aka Antichess, etc; a chess variant in which capturing is compulsory, the goal is to lose all the pieces or be stalemated, there is no castling, and ...
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Resources for learning about the Gurgenidze System of the Caro-Kann as Black

I'm ~1900 rapid on Lichess. As Black, I like to play this defense against 1.e4 (picked up from watching Hikaru's streams): [FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 (4.f4) (4.Be3) Are ...
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Where can I download chess games from a specific position into a PGN file?

Is there a website that will let me search for master-level games from a specific chess position and download them into a PGN file for free?
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Best theory-knowledge rewarding openings?

I wonder which are the openings (for both White and Black) where an advantage (or at least equality against great players) is granted. Also, if you could refer to some good books / resources linked to ...
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Cloud-based chess database solutions for opening preparation

I needed to collaborate with two other players on a chess opening database. I tried out Lichess, but it seems to have a limit (64 chapters per study) and it's a bit difficult to add game references (...