Questions tagged [opening]

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

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Best Repetoire Building Tools

I want to build an opening repertoire manually. what are the computer tools to do that?
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Bughouse chess strategies

Are there any nice strategies for Bughouse? I wish for advice on opening and how to win. I have not found anything good on the web.
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Can't understand where is my fault in this game

I played with white. I suspect that not having control in the center might be the problem. Is that true or is there something else? The game GIF: https://lichess1.org/game/export/gif/qtKvS9zz.gif The ...
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London system move order nuances Qb6 without Nc6

In the London system, playing early Nd2 is recommended to react against Qb6. For example if we take this move order [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nd2 Qb6 6....
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Was Julio Kaplan the first to play 8. f4 Qc7 9. g4 idea against 7. ... Be6 in classical Najdorf?

In old mainline of Be2 Najdorf black played 7. ... Be6 instead of, today practically automatic, 7. ... Be7. This is because 7. ... Be6 is today considered dubious due to this idea: [fen ""] [...
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search for the debut chess book

I have been playing chess for a long time, I think every chess player who was more or less eager to comprehend the vastness of this game and reach new heights has a challenge - there is no single main ...
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What openings fit the tastes of a positional player? [closed]

I am a very positional player, but, I cannot find good openings that suit my tastes. What are the lists of openings that result in strategic / positional positions?
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Opening name change of one game at Chess.com

Here are the first few moves of a game that I played at chess.com and the name of the openings is shown by the system: c4 (English Opening) c5 (English Opening; Symmetrical Variation) Nc3 Nc6 (...
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In a side line of the Italian Game: Classical Variation, Giuoco Pianissimo, why is blacks a point ahead here?

In this position, which seems very similar on both sides (with even a bit more center control from white because the pawns are higher up), the engine thinks black is up a whole point (-1.1 according ...
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Does this chess variant exist, and has it ever been considered for official tournaments?

Inspired by this question: Why did Magnus Carlsen not play the World Chess Championship in 2023? It's not the first time I've heard about GMs (not just Magnus Carlsen) being tired of the current state ...
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Creating a Opening Lines Book in ' tree-like' format

I came across this Opening tree graph question where a very elegant Opening tree as displayed. Is there a way I could make a personal opening book in this format? If yes, then which software should ...
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What do I do in unfamiliar openings?

Recently I lost to an FM in 28 moves due to lack of opening knowledge. Can someone help me out and summarize the general principles to follow in unfamiliar openings? Please make it easy to memorize.
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Center control - Model games

I'm searching for some games to explain 3rd/4th grade kids the concept of "good control over the center" opposed to "bad center control". Since I want them to somehow see that ...
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Why not Ng4 in Sicilian after Nf3?

After [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 (which is trendy at top level in 2017) I am wondering why Black doesn't play 7...Ng4. I only found a couple old ...
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Why is Bd3 better than any other moves involving activating the bishop in this position?

The line is the following (Danish Gambit declined): e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 Nc6 4. cxd4 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 d6 6. d5 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Nce7 My question is why is Bd3 better than Bc4 or Be2 for instance? (None of ...
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The London System: Can it be broken?

I've faced the London System several times so far, and just don't know what strategy to adapt against it (I exclusively play Nf6 in response to 1.d4). I'm a highly tactical player, so I try following ...
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How to play Botvinnik-Carl's defence in the Caro-Kann when White responds with 4. c3?

In the Caro-Kann, Botvinnik-Carl's defence, Black typically wants White to take on c5 so Black can play e6, preparing Bxc5 and Nc6. However, I have been seeing the move c3 after c5 a lot. How can I ...
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Lucas Chess Issues with Chess Openings

I am using Lucas Chess but its opening lines don't display appropriately. Here the engine doesn't show opening lines automatically. What opening book can I use with engine for preparation of absolute ...
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Are there any recent resources on the Keres Defense?

I am changing my Black repertoire, and became interested in the variation: d4 e6 c4 Bb4+. I wonder if there are any recent resources about this "Keres defense" to learn some plans and ...
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Chess Atomic Openings

I'm studying Atomic Chess. Where can I find openings at? I've found the site Vlasov's Atomic-Chess Homepage so far.
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Tricky sidelines against the French?

In my experience, the French is my weakest opening after e4. I used to play the advance variation against it but found that black gets really nice pressure in the center and by the middlegame white's ...
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Theory behind the Cow Opening

Recently IM Eric Rosen played the Cow Opening every game in Titled Tuesday, scoring 6.5/11 and increasing his rating. He streamed it and put it on YouTube. It is a Hippo style opening which can play ...
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Is it a good idea for white to play the Botvinnik system in the Sicillian defense?

After 1. e4 c5, the following line is not popular: [fen ""] [startply "3"] 1. e4 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nge2 e6 Is there any reason that this line is not ...
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Trying to improve

I have a question hopefully someone can help me out. 3 days ago I won a tournament (25+5) semi-rapid section under 1450 OTB. I scored 5/5 beating some high rated players. My rating OTB semi-rapid ...
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I would like to make engine play specific openings

I would like to organize an engine tournament on Arena and restrict it only to one opening. How do I do that?
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What's wrong with the way white is playing?

I have played an opening I can't find anywhere online. So I'm guessing it's wrong. Can someone tell me what are the weaknesses in white's strategy? Or is it simply a matter of black not being able to ...
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Boden–Kieseritzky Gambit vs. Morphy Gambit

I just got an ad for the book Taming Wild Chess Openings by Watson & Schiller. I'm not planning to buy the book, but I was intrigued by the table of contents, especially the two lines quoted below ...
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Good response to the french defense [duplicate]

I am rated 1840 rapid(10+0) chess on chesscom and 1500 semi rapid (25+5) OTB. I am preparing for a tournament and I want a suggestion regarding an approach to the french defense. I tried playing the ...
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What is the Colorado Gambit?

I recently heard of an opening called the "Colorado Gambit". My chess opening is pretty weak and my friend suggested I might try it. What is Colorado Gambit and what is the reasoning behind the moves?
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Albin countergambit question about a line

In the albin countergambit, after this line: d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. e3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 dxe3 6. fxe3 Qh4+ 7. g3 Qe4 8. Qf3 Bxd2+ 9. Nxd2 Qxe5 Why is the position better for black? Is it the fact ...
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How to use chessbase to find moves that produce "only winning sequences" if present?

A lot of times you may find yourself in a losing position, and with best play surely, you'll stay losing, but there is a possibility that you make a move which is not necessarily considered the best ...
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What are some decent books for explaining the positional ideas of the 4...Nxd5 line of the QGD from black's perspective?

Specifically, this line. [fen ""] [Startply "8"] 1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5
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Why is this line of the Caro-Kann playable for white?

Today in an online game my opponent opened with e4 and I played the Caro-Kann, as I usually do. We went into a line that was new to me, shown below: rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq -...
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Can black win (or even draw) after 3. Qxf7 Kxf7?

Recently I've been watching a streamer who plays chess. He's been using an aggressive opening with 3. Qxf7 (when he's white). The opponent is forced to respond with Kxf7. And the streamer always wins ...
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Every longbow-wielding peasant's finest hour?

It's called the English opening - some reference to Howard Staunton and the perambulations of the mid to late 19th Century; but, does the variant name refer to the Ancien Regime charging up a muddy ...
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Mastering: Openings, Middlegame or Endgame [closed]

Which of the following is better to master: The openings, middlegame or endgame? Also, which is worth mastering?
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Is it okay to use Scholars mate against strong players?

I am comfortable using scholars mate opening in my game. If it does not work then I can always transform it into a good offense/defense.
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Which openings have a 0-0-0 long castle as white and as black?

Long castling is not very common. Are there any statistics as to how many games have long castle? And how many of them are won? Which openings can one typically play where there is a long castle, as ...
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Is the English opening the most suitable for beginners?

Here are my understandings of the English opening: The English opening is as good as 1.d4. Since it is less common than 1.e4 and 1.d4; it is more likely that an average amateur player is less familar ...
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why is ...Bg4 not so popular in this Ruy Lopez line?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 Bg4 in this line of the Berlin variation, 8 ...Bg4 is not popular among chess masters (it has been ...
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Ruy Lopez exchange variable [duplicate]

In the exchange variation of Ruy Lopez, why doesn't black capture using the B-pawn? As per good strategy shouldn't we capture towards the center of the board?
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Why is the Cozio defense in the Ruy Lopez not played more often and what's white's best try to defeat it?

The Cozio defense arises after these moves: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7 At first, this looks like just another dubious opening, but I found it surprisingly hard to prove an advantage with ...
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Who has the edge in "gg chess"?

EDIT: I think a better name is gg chess, because "gg" (good game) is what folks frequently say at the end of a game. At major chess events, at the end of a drawn game, the players & ...
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This variation in Open Sicilian: why give back the exchange?

This is my first foray into the Sicilian from the perspective of black. So I'm messing around with the open Sicilian on my engine, in particular 4 ...Qb6 5 Be3 Qxb2. In this variation, apparently even ...
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The difference between 2. Nc3 and 2. Bc4 after 1. e4 e5

After 1.e4 e5 what are the ideas behind 2.Nc3 versus 2.Bc4? [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 (2. Bc4)
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Ponziani 5.. Nce7?! why is this a blunder?

The following position is from the Ponziani opening. Starting 5.. Nce7, the computer gives over +3 advantage for white, but throughout the line I couldn't see why this is such a clear positional ...
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Why is 4. e3 preferred over 4. e4 in this line of the Slav?

Why is 4. e3 preferred over 4. e4 in this line of the Slav? rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 dxc4 4. e3 I would expect 4. e4 to be preferred, as it ...
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What are some good "club-player" Sicilians?

My criteria for good "club-player" openings are: objectively good as little memorization is needed as possible forgetting theory / messing up move orders / playing mediocre moves won't kill ...
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Chebanenko Slav vs Queen's Gambit Declined?

I am around 1400 ELO (on chess dot com) and mostly play daily chess. I like solid positions where I get to a roughly even middle game without a lot of blazing tactics. Right now, I am learning the ...
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How many initial moves are possible in Chess, 20 or 21?

Each pawn, of which there are 8 white, can move 1 or 2 squares forward. Each knight, of which there are 2 white can move forward and left or forward and right. That gives 20. But white can also ...

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