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

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Strategy in Navara gambit

I am playing few years strictly 1.Nf3 with the intention to play Reti Opening. In my last OTB game I experience Navara Gambit (from a Czech GM David Navara) in Reti Advanced variation: [FEN " &...
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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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Earliest 2Q on board

[FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. b4 a5 6. c3 axb4 7. cxb4 b6 8. Bxb8 Rxb8 9. Qa4+ Ke7 10. c6 b5 11. Qa7+ Ke8 12. c7 Bxb4+ 13. Kd1 1-0 Let's not analyze this horror too ...
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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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Nc6 vs Nd7 in Albin-Blackburn gambit

So while studying Philidor lines I quickly stumbled across the 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 line that usually splits off into the following notable outcomes: 4...Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 Reliving the ...
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What are chess openings variations, lines which ensure delayed castling with equal probabilities on both sides; king and queen sides?

What are chess openings variations (lines that ensure delayed castling with equal probabilities on both sides; king side and queen side) for both white and black? Delay to move 15-20.
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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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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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Do you have an example of forced losing lines when you play the obvious move?

I teach my students that the obvious move isn't always the right one. Whenever I need to explain this in-depth, I show the Queen Amadala trap from the QGD (see below). Obviously, a more talented ...
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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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Creating or editing shredder .bkt opening book

I want to create an opening book for Shredder or edit an existing one. the way I want it is like how Lucas chess works, giving a certain value (weight, percentage, etc) to a specific move. This is an ...
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How to practice openings in Fritz 18

Is there any way in Fritz 18 to choose a specific opening from a list of openings and play against the computer? I can do this on and Lucas chess. I want something similar. How do I have a ...
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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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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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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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Fritz 18 Position Setup For Engine Match

The other day, I saw a GothamChess on two engines playing the King's Gambit. I thought to myself that it would be interesting to do the same thing, so I tried it in Fritz 18. I know that I have to ...
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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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