Questions tagged [opening]

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

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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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Move order in Samisch King's Indian, Panno Variation

This is the traditional move order given for the Panno Variation of the Samisch King's Indian: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 My question ...
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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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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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In the Benoni / Symmetric Benoni structures, what is Black supposed to do after a6/a4 is played?

In the Benoni (exd5 cxd5) and Symmetric Benoni (exd5 exd5) structures, Black will often try to play a6 to try and play b5, but White can easily stop this plan with a4 / a later a5. After this happens, ...
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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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With what opening can I force the opponent to a quick endgame?

I'd like an opening in which I can force the opponent, either white or black, to an endgame as soon as possible. Is there such an opening?