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

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Is 1.d4 harder to study than 1.e4? [closed]

I'm a 1.e4 player and I have been thinking about trying out the Queen's Gambit, but it seems harder to study because lines are not nearly as forcing and there are a variety of setups that Black can ...
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What are the most provocative chess openings? [closed]

What openings are the most "provocative" in the sense that they make your opponents think "Grrrrr... that's a bad move / I must be better here," causing them to play more ...
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Resources on Italian Game, Two Knights Defense with 4. d3 h6 and quick …g5

Do any books or other resources discuss this variation for Black? Does it have a name? The general idea is to go 4...h6, then ...d6 and ...g5 in some order, depending on what White does. S. Mamedyarov ...
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Why do modern Grandmasters prefer playing quiet openings?

I am rated 1450 and I am have been analyzing GM level games since I began playing chess. I noticed that most GMs consistently play balanced almost boring openings against each other and that only a ...
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Franco-Sicilian Defense Theory [duplicate]

I am wondering what the main lines and point of the Franco-Sicilian Defense are for Black. I could barely find any theory about it online, and it' is my favorite opening as Black. As such, I am ...
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What does columns 1-24 mean?

I was reading Modern Chess Openings by Nick de Firmian, and found "columns 1-24 deals with 2...exf4 " in relation to a theory table. So what does "columns 1-24" mean?
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What are the ideas behind the 4.Qxd4 variation of Philidor's Defense?

I recently learned that this is a valid way for White to play for advantage against the Philidor: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 According to the ...
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Why are English setups with g3 like the Catalan considered solid for White, while the Sicilian Dragon is risky for Black?

I know that the Sicilian Dragon is considered very risky for Black if White knows what they're doing; they can go for the Yugoslav Attack setup, play h4-h5 to break open the h-file, try and exchange ...
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Why does black gain from this “center fork trick”?

In the following position, Bc4 by white is evaluated as a bad move that can be punished by ...Nxe4. Although I can see why it tactically works, I fail to see how the resulting position favors black. ...
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Is Whale Variation a successful opening?

I am an early, intermediate in chess. I played the Whale Variation and won some games as White. But there is an issue when Black moves their knight to d4. I have a problem with it. Is the Whale ...
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Can one theoretically prove that these moves are marginally better?

I heard that for the first move, 1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4 and 1. Nf3 are equally good and none of them is better than others, even marginally. However, after 1. e4, both 1... e5 and 1... c5 are marginally ...
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Does one need to know all popular openings if they wants to be a top-level player?

Let's say there is a player who knows nothing about Sicilian Defense. If they always start the game with 1. d4 or 1. c4 as white and play the Caro-Kann as black against 1. e4, it seems to me that they ...
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How did chess change over the 2010s and should I keep anything in mind for buying books from before 2010?

I presume I am being overly paranoid regarding this, and I definitely don't intend to turn away from older books at all, but were there any developments opening-wise, middlegame-wise, or endgame-wise ...
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Two Knights of the Caro-Kann: 2.Nc3 vs 2.Nf3

Is there any difference at all in playing 2.Nc3 or 2.Nf3 in the Two Knights of the Caro-Kann? On Lichess, why is 2.Nc3 the second most common move in the Masters database, and 2.Nf3 played almost one-...
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Intuitive play vs learning strategies

When I first 'learned' chess, it was just the moves of each piece and then I started playing. I had no plan at all other than just moving pieces and trying to take from my opponent and protecting ...
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Why are avoidable openings played instead of systems?

It's been a while since I've played OTB chess, but I've gotten back into playing it online. Before my break (I was rated ~1400 USCF), I was a heavy advocate of the English Opening: rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/...
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Is there a free online chess repertoire tool?

Is there a free online chess repertoire tool? It can be some place where you register, save variations and comments, and navigate with a board what you do. I was used to chessply, but apparently it ...
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Openings that lead to opposite side castling

I really enjoy opposite side castling positions where I'm able to launch a kingside/queenside pawn storm and put my opponent under pressure. For this reason, I actually enjoy the Exchange French as ...
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Where can I play against specific openings?

Is there a website where you can play against real people with an opening already installed by default? For example, I want to play against the English opening, but my opponents rarely play it, so I ...
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What is White's main plan in Sicilian Keres variation?

I want to learn a new opening in the Sicilian defense called the Keres variation. What is White's main plan here? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Ne2
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Up to which rating is my strategy in the opening is applicable?

I don't want to waste time on opening preparation. By this, I mean that I don't want to have to understand/memorize the moves or the typical plans in the middlegame. I just want to develop my pieces, ...
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How to score a certain move in a PGN, for how well opening theory is followed

I am making a bot that plays opening moves from a PGN. When the player reaches a position out of PGN, I want to give a score to the player how well he followed the PGN. What kind of statistics can I ...
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Developing the king before developing most of your pieces

I saw this opening for the first time and was amazed by the position of the white king. [FEN "?"] [startply "21"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h6 5. g4 Bd7 6. h5 e6 7. f4 c5 ...
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How much does adding an opening book to a relatively weak chess program affect its strength?

Jonathan Schaeffer in One Jump Ahead (via the Chess Programming Wiki): To solve the opening problems of his chess machine, Belle, Ken Thompson typed in opening lines from the Encyclopedia of Chess ...
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Find an opening based on the position of one player only

Given a position for just one player, how can I check to see if there is a standard opening that leads to that position? For example, how could I find if there is an opening that leads (or may lead, ...
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How to avoid falling into unfamiliar traps in the opening stage?

I will be playing with a player in a few days and his level (1400ish) is slightly lower than mine (1500ish). However, he is very familiar with dubious gambits and opening traps and I can easily lose ...
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Attacking as Black in the Caro-Kann

Is it possible to play the Caro-Kann aggressively/tactically as Black? What are the attacking chances/ideas for black in the Caro-Kann? Or is it simply the wrong opening for that? I found a few ...
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What Openings can I play against most openings?

I'm looking for a "universal" opening. For example the King Indian which you can play against e4 and d4 and several other openings. What other openings (Black or White) can be played versus ...
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Will I have to memorize all this?

I never studied openings so decided to try it.My plan is to play e4 openings and Caro-kann for black. Now to learn the Caro-kann,I have to look at the Advance,exchange and Nc3/Nf6 stuff variations. ...
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What's the point of the Two Knights French?

According to lichess, if Black simply goes 3...Nf6 against the Two Knights Variation, then the main line is 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4. This is the exact same position as White would have reached if they'd played ...
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Most common tactic motifs in the opening phase of chess

On analyzing my games, I found that I usually miss tactics in the opening than during middlegame and endgame. To supplement my study by solving tactical problems based on motifs, it would be helpful ...
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What tools can I use to help me memorise my opening repertoire? [duplicate]

I have been taking some lessons with an opening coach, and I have now got an extensive repertoire that I need to memorise. I have a big qualifying tournament in 2 weeks and up until that time I want ...
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The early …Qf6 in the Scotch Game

In the Scotch Game, what is the best move for White after this sequence? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Be3 (5. Nb5) (5. Nf3) 5...Bc5 Most videos don't even count ...
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How good is 1. e3 2. c4 as an opening for White?

How good is 1. e3 2. c4 as an opening for White? Afterward, developing the knight on b1 to c3, and developing the bishops too, it seems good. Castling is preferably done on opposite sides as well.
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What is the name of this unconventional opening?

You start by moving the knight's pawn on either side to b3 or g3. Then you do the same on the other side. Ideally, you fianchetto the bishops into both triangle pawn formations. [FEN ""] 1....
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Why not 7.Bb4+ before playing Ne7 in the French Defence: Advance, Paulsen Attack?

After playing 5.Qb6 which I believe is the final move of the Advance variation of the French, my opponent played 6.a4. I followed with cxd4 and them by cxd4 as well. After that I couldn't remember the ...
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Why not 5.Bd2 in the French Defense: Exchange Variation?

After the initial moves of the French Defense: Exchange Variation, my opponent played 4.Bb4+. I followed with 5.Bd2, but after analyzing it, I saw that it is not in the master games opening on chess....
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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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Engine-invented variations/hypotheticals

After watching a few alphaZero vs stockfish games, I was very intrigued. Clearly, engines can play at a different kind of level, but for the most part the openings seem pretty meta. Nothing extremely ...
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Why are lots of different moves usually considered equivalent in the opening, but not in the middlegame?

When you go to websites like chess.com and analyze your games, you'll notice that most of the first moves are marked as being "book moves"—which I assume are considered equivalent to each ...
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Should I study players or specific games?

I'm a relatively new player (1400 on chess.com, best game I won OTB was against a 1800) and I finished going through a tactics book. I still do tactics puzzles almost every day, but I realized I don't ...
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A way to add an “opening names” column to the SCID game list

I've been googling and looking through SCID's options but just can't seem to find the answer. The database gamelist in SCID has a few informative columns for all the games in the gamelist, including ...
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Why am I losing so much more often with black (newer player)?

I have played about 125 games so far online and am rated 834 in rapid (I did play a lot as a child but not in many years) and I have double the win percentage with white pieces that I do playing as ...
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What are some “quick start” openings?

First of all, I'm sorry if it looks like I didn't really research before asking the question, but I really did put in some effort and couldn't find a satisfying answer. My problem is, I don't want to ...
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Looking for a defense against 1.d4

I wanted to learn a good opening against 1.d4 that does not involve the second move being 1...d5. I personally don't like symmetric positions very much. To give you an idea of the type of openings I ...
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Why does castling in the Four Knights: Double Spanish opening inadvertantly stop Bxc3?

So I am currently working through Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca and he said something I find opaque: following 1.e4, e5 2.Nf3, Nc6 3.Nc3, Nf6 4.Bb5, Bb4 "5.0-0 an indirect way of preventing 5.....
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What opening variation begins with c4? [closed]

Black’s best response to White’s c4 opening move; what is the name of this opening?
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Lichess summary analyzer tool

I'm trying to find an online tool that I had once used to analyze my games. It allowed me to import thousands of my games from Lichess and showed what my most common opening mistakes were. The only ...
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The value of less common moves

If you look at openings explorer, you can see the most popular moves and their respective win percentages. Most lines have top 2 or 3 moves that number in the (ten) thousands. However, there are ...
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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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