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

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Kopec System and Caruana vs Topalov game [closed]

Would the Kopec System more popular today has Caruana spotted the winning 65 Rxc2! Against Topalov in the famous Bucharest game? In the game , Caruana played a Rossolino Kopec hybrid system and ...
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Why do some strong players play 5… Be4 in Caro Kann, Tal Variation?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 { B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Tal Variation } h6 5. g4 Be4 6. f3 Bh7 7. e6 Nf6 What is the point of the intermediate move 5...Be4 ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 O-O 8.Bc4 e6 9.O-O a6 Here is a line from a game of mine. I made the movee 10. Qd3, but my computer program says Qd2 ...
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Knowing when to play Nc6 vs Nbd7 in the Najdorf Sicilian as black?

I've been studying the Najdorf Sicilian for some time, and I generally have a good idea of where to develop my pieces to. My light and dark square bishops typically end up on e6 and e7, respectively. ...
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Resource to Learn Chess Opening? [duplicate]

I am around 1300+ in Lichess With around 1100+ Games. I wanted to improve my Chess Openings Can anyone provide best resource to learn chess openings.
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How do you document your opening repertoire on a mac?

I have an opening repertoire which I play consistently. My problem, however, is that occasionally I will find holes in my repertoire: main line variations for which I have zero prep. I'd like to make ...
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Is there value to learning openings as a new player?

Am a new player (had played before hadn't picked up a board for 3 years having never taken the game that seriously) and am going to try and commit to at least 1 rapid (10+5) game per day. Have made it ...
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Carlsen - Ghaem, why does Black want to do e5?

I am watching videos about the London system, and one example they use is this game. [Title "Carlsen-Ghaem, Baku 2016"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bg3 c5 ...
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Is there a standard system of classification of games?

Given there are practically infinite number of chess games possible, does there exist a standard system of classifying or naming games simlar to how there are rules for naming a chemical compound ...
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Sicilian Defence or Caro-Kann also help with Queen's pawn opening [closed]

I know and play the Sicilian defense. Specifically, I mix it with the Hyper Accelerated Dragon with the kingside rook pawn movement akin to the Najdorf. I am also learning the Caro-Kann, in which most ...
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What was Caruana's plan in playing c6 against Carlsen in Game 10 of the Clutch Chess International?

In Game 10 of the 2020 Clutch Chess International, Caruana played c6 in response to Carlsen's 9. Nd5. [FEN ""] [Event "Clutch Chess International"] [Round "10"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "...
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Plan against pawn formation of c4, d5, e4, e3 in the Nimzowitsch defense (or similar positions in the Dunst opening)

I'm a 1700-ish player who plays opening systems starting with 1.Nc3 as white and 1. ... Nc6 as black, and generally I'm pretty happy with my results. But there's one type of setup that I struggle ...
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How can I find the endgame probability based on the opening?

I want to find the endgame probabilities based on the openings I play. This would be a game changer when it comes to prioritizing what endgames to study. I know Chessbase provides a tool for this, ...
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Why pin knights early in the opening?

I am a beginner amateur player, and I have been thinking about openings. On lots of occasions the opponent pins the white knight on Nc3 or Nf3 (as black) or the black knight on Nc6/Nf6. What is the ...
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Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

Many chess players nowadays recommend the Rossolimo against c5-Nc6 Sicilian: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 However, I find the open sicilian to be easier to play: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 ...
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Black opening sequence that is equally solid versus d4 and e4

Is there an opening sequence for black that is equally solid versus d4 and e4? Obviously you have to take into account white's subsequent moves, but the goal would be to have an opening where the ...
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Which are the least theoretical openings? [duplicate]

Which are the least theoretical openings for both white and black? I really don't want to spend too much time on openings. I would appreciate it if you mention all the openings you know.
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Why does Black want to trade off her King's Bishop in many d4 lines?

I feel that in many lines starting with d4, such as the Queen's Gambit Declined, or especially the Nimzo-Indian, Black is more than happy to trade her King's Bishop for White's knight on c3. For ...
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Opening trap that result in a windmill?

Are there any opening traps where your opponent can blunder into a windmill?
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Why are chess.com opening names and notations seemingly mismatched?

I often see something like the above when playing chess online. When I played Ruy Lopez and my opponent played Classical Variation, but I transposed us to Four Knights Game Spanish Variation, I had ...
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Not able to use rooks properly

While playing a game, I observe that I am not able to use my rooks properly. The reason is that I am not able to bring them out earlier as they occupy the corner position. This gives a lead to the ...
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Why is 5. Nc3 preferred over 5. f3 in the Open Sicilian?

The statistics at move 5 seem amazing for White, slightly better than Nc3. I was wondering how White can "get away" with the plan to play c4 before Nc3, achieving even more control of the center. So ...
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Looking for openings by pawn structure

Sometimes when playing Alekhine defense Scandinavian Variation, I get this kind of pawn structure : 8/p6p/6p1/2p1p3/2PpP1P1/Pp1P4/1P6/8 w - - 1 29 I am very comfortable playing as black with this ...
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How this game is denoted as French Advanced Variation?

I had started playing this game with Scandinavian Defense opening. How it is been denoted as French Advanced variation as of 3rd move. Please refer to the attached screen-shot.
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Theoretically, why is 4. Bd3 NOT one of the best candidates in Caro-Kann?

I seem to find 4. Bd3 to be one of the best choices in Caro-Kann. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 My reasoning: White's light bishop can only develop to Be2 or Bd3. Be2 seems passive. ...
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What is the rationale behind Black playing e6 in so many openings?

I am new to this stack exchange, so apologies if this question doesn't fit here. Though I have advanced through the game, and now have a somewhat respectable rapid rating of 1550, I have always found ...
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Help needed to find a Swedish opening

It appears that openings are named after almost any country or city in the world. Spanish opening, Italian game, French defense, Hungarian gambit, London system and so on. Because I am from Sweden I ...
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How to build a good opening repertoire?

I am struggling to build a good opening repertoire. I have tried a few chessable courses. None of them have worked. My opponents counter my opening pretty easily. What is the best way to build a good ...
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Which openings lines are both sharp and drawish?

Two knights defence, Wilkes Barre (Traxler) variation seems to me to be a sharp line which is quite drawish: After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2 6. Kxf2 Nxe4 7. Kg1 Qh4 8. g3 ...
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Any website that shows which opening a certain player struggles against?

Just thought it would be an interesting statistic to know which openings players like Carlsen and Fischer lost most against? Any suggestions?
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Free opening name database?

Is there a database available that the gives you the names of common openings? "Ruy Lopez", "Sicialian", "Queens Gambit", etc. Ideally it would just be a simple map of the opening PGN to the common ...
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Is 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 called Queen's Gambit Declined when there is no gambit offered, let alone declined?

I understand that the opening 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 is called Queen's Gambit Declined. But how about 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5? There is no gambit offered, let alone declined. Is it still ...
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

I made a bet with a non-neglegible stake that I will win a game against a friend without queen. My Elo rating is about 2000-2100, my friend's should be around 1400. Today I played with the black ...
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Ideas in Sicilian Defense: Staunton-Cochrane Variation

I am a Scotch player and don't like playing against the Sicilian and have very bad record against it (5.5/24), my best only wins are when I played 2.b4 ( Wing Gambit) or 2.c4 (Staunton-Cochrane ...
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Looking for an opening line: a rook vs 5 pawns

I remember seeing somewhere an opening line, where one side gets rook and the other one 5 pawns, it was pretty sharp. I also remember that it's now considered dubious, because one of the sides was ...
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Looking for an opening that had been wrongly evaluated for years

I'm looking for an opening I saw in a book (not a chess book). The opening was about 10 moves long, and the author stated that the evaluation after the last move shown had been considered for many ...
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What is the Sicilian Cochrane Attack?

In my club and local tournaments, opponents playing White often do an early Bc4 when I start a Sicilian. Usually I begin an Old Sicilian, eg 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6. My opponents may play Bc4 on the 2nd, ...
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Opening preparation

I have observed that I can beat the Lichess computer at level 5 most of the time if I use the computer hint function for the first 13 moves (basically the opening). If I do not so, I end up losing 6 ...
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What's the plan against Black's kingside fianchetto when playing Queen's pawn game?

I often play 1. d4. In many of the variations that arise, Black decides to castle kingside with the bishop fianchetto. I do not know what the general plan is in this case. Normally without the ...
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Weakness in the Stonewall setup?

In the following setup of Stonewall Attack: [FEN ""] 1. c3 null 2. d4 null 3. e3 null 4. f4 null 5. Bd3 Wouldn't that make the king vulnerable to diagonal attacks from a bishop or a queen? If yes, ...
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King's Indian Defense - When to play 6…c5 or 6…e5

I'm a casual player who enjoys playing the King's Indian Defense as Black, but I don't fully understand yet when it is better to play 6...e5 or 6...c5. These are my main doubts: What are the aims and ...
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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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E6 Pin in Classical Dutch

In a classical dutch setup, if white doesn't fianchetto and instead moves bishop c4 then it pins the e6 pawn. I don't really want to go into the stonewall even though that's the recommendation of the ...
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How do I keep my bishop pair in this Ruy Lopez line?

I am learning Ruy Lopez. And I always play Ruy Lopez opening while I am playing with the white pieces. I recently played the game with Ruy-Lopez and my moves are [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1.e4 e5 2....
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Good books to learn the Ruy Lopez with

I have a very poor repertoire; with White I only play d4, and though I'm quite familiarized with the possibilities on this opening move, I'm lost regarding 1. e4. Trying to gain flexibility, I want ...
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Alekhine Defense Variations [closed]

I am seeking for a high-level and in-depth discussion of the Alekhine Defense, including variations, mainlines, and sidelines that favors black. e4 Nf6
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Seeking in-depth coverage of this French defense sideline

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 I am seeking high-level, in-depth coverage of the above line. I was able to find small coverage in ECO C and liked what I saw there. Is there any book/...
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Good and in-depth books on Queen's Gambit and French Defense?

After following the studying advises of a Chess Stack Exchange fellow (PhishMaster, if you read this, thank you!) I'm about to break 2200 Lichess elo finally. I think it is time to truly and deeply ...
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Openings that reach endgames? [duplicate]

I'm looking for some openings for white and black that have a high probability of trading queens early on without being significantly worse. Does anyone know any openings that fit this criteria?
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How do we identify opening lines?

How many opening moves are needed before we can identify that such moves fall into a particular well-known opening such as Ruy Lopez, London, kings gambit, an so on? And after such identifying moves, ...

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