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Opening nomenclature

By responding d6, black declares the Phildor defense in support of meeting King's pawn in kind; but, suggesting response to such as the Italian suggests failure in so-calling such a contest. [Event &...
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Don't look back in anger(?)!

Event "Rated Atomic game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/eCwlo0st"] [Date "2024.02.22"] [White "healLan"] [Black "esragibbv2"] [Result "1/2-1/2"...
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Should voting be anonymous, given that running isn't? [closed]

Should voting be anonymous, given that running isn't? Should voting be anonymous, given that running isn't? Should voting be anonymous, given that running isn't?
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My ghetto gospel (?) [closed]

Rated Classical Game: https://lichess.org/2UOWa6Im [Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/2UOWa6Im"] [Date "2024.02.19"] [White "gggask"] [...
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What is an "opening edge" in computer terms

When analysing with stockfish on chessbase, there are often positions reached in openings where the engine's eval is around +0.2 ish and the verdict is "position is equal". So at what ...
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Can somebody good find a draw here? [closed]

[Event "Rated Rapid game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/7ULHgPFL"] [Date "2024.02.19"] [White "slava1751"] [Black "healLan"] [Result "1-0"] [...
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In the London, after 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.dxc5 Nc6 4.Nf3, why is "blocking your bishop" the best move

In this situation: [FEN ""] [StartFlipped "1"] [StartPly "7"] 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.dxc5 Nc6 4.Nf3 Stockfish 16 really does not value getting the bishop out (Bg4 and Bf5 ...
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How to use massive advantage in early opening - need help on where to learn

Context: I am around 15-1600 in terms of Chess.com blitz. My question was motivated by watching a Ben Finegold video where as a joke he played Ng8 Nf6 Ng8 Nf6 repeatedly at the start of the blitz game ...
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How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat? [closed]

[Event "Hourly Bullet Arena"] [Site "https://lichess.org/nUvlC7mg"] [Date "2024.02.17"] [White "healLan"] [Black "Dormisps"] [Result "1-0"] [...
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What is the shortest game that has never been played?

In the publicly available databases (at all levels of play, including Lichess), what is the shortest unique sequence of moves from the opening which has never occurred? (That is, if it were played, it ...
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How can white fight for the initiative in the open Tarrasch french

In the French tarrasch after black plays c5, how can white fight for the initiative. I played the closed tarrasch and really enjoy the positions reached after Korchnoi's gambit and want to reach a ...
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"Simplest" opening against 1.e4

What do you think is the "simplest" opening for black against 1.e4? With "simplest" I mean an opening which is solid enough to bring you equality (or even give you an advantage if ...
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Alternative to the Sämisch gambit

[FEN ""] [Startply "12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 I recently started playing the KID and am not comfortable with the c5 gambit against the ...
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Regarding the wide repertoires of world champions

I am making a Fischer-esque repertoire, E4 as white and KID and Sicilian against D4 and E4 respectively. But I cannot help but wonder why almost all the world champions except for Fischer had very ...
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A New idea in the old Marshall attack?

I was recently playing around with the game Capablanca vs Marshall (1918,new York) where Marshall unveiled his legendary attack, but with 12...Nf6?! (The dubious mark has been attached to this move ...
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5. c4 vs 5. Bd3 in the Tal variation of the Advance Caro Kann

In the Tal variation of the Advance Caro Kann after e4 c6 d4 d5 e5 Bf5 h4 h5 White has two main options, 5. c4 and 5. Bd3. What are the differences in the positions reached by each move in terms of ...
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Resources for an e4 repertoire

What are some good resources(courses,books etc) to craft a comprehensive and sound repertoire for white centered around E4, for a player of intermediate strength (2000 chess.com rapid)
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Classical french for a repertoire

I am crafting an E4 repertoire from scratch and I am looking for a dynamic approach for white against the french and have shortlisted the classical with Nc3, but here I am not sure whether the ...
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Understanding engine evals in positions with less space

In openings such as the closed Tarrasch and the KID or the pirc , engines often show an advantage for white of around 0.5 ( a bit higher generally), I remember reading around 5 years ago and this is a ...
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What are some of the best lines against the Queen's Gambit?

As Black, I frequently struggle to find effective strategies against 1.d4 d5 2.c4. While chess engines like Stockfish offer move suggestions, they often lack the underlying concepts and benefits of ...
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What, exactly, is "development"?

I am an intermediate player (around 1400 on chess dot com); I've been playing, off and on, a long time. I thought I knew what "development" meant: Getting your pieces (esp. minor pieces) off ...
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Bf5 in the Slav

I've read that it can be a tempting pitfall for Black in the Slav Defense to play an early Bf5, as this results in a weakening of the b7 square, which White might punish with Qb3. This is apparently ...
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After 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3, what are the differences between 2...e6 and 2...Nf6?

Black plays 2...e6 8% of the time, 2...Nf6 77% of time. It seems that by playing 2...Nf6, Black keeps open the option of playing ...Bg4 and ...Bf5 (which would be the Slav if White plays c4 and Black ...
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Is 9... Be6 a good move in this position?

[FEN ""] [Startply "19"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 In this position, most top players will continue with 9...Na5, 9.....
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A question about the Najdorf sicilian

I've started to learn the Najdorf and a two-part questions: people mostly emphasise central control with sicilian defence, is this true for najdorf as well or are we more focused on attacking ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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