Questions tagged [opening]

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

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The Ryder Gambit

I am learning the Ryder Gambit with a book by FM Eric Schiller called The Ryder Gambit Accepted updated in 2011: A Chess Works Publication so I can play it in tournaments. Is it worse than the Danish ...
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Positionally Rich Opening Suggestions?

I really want to play some positionally rich openings. Openings which require strategic planning and understanding, and not much direct attack and defence. I want the battle to be a "who can ...
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What is the theory if black goes 4 Nxc4 in evan's gambit?

Ive been learning the theory for this opening but cant find anything if black chooses this line.
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Empirical question: Is a drawish opening line really a concern for an ambitious player?

While similar questions have been asked before and many comments were given, I couldn't find a thread dealing with my particular experiences. So: Whenever I discuss openings with professional and even ...
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Is there any good app for learning openings?

My great fail is that I cannot learn opening or initial play. Normally I only play when I can connect to my mobile app (Chess Free on iOS), and play at a very low level (adjusted as a single bar), ...
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When is a fianchetto strategic to play?

I know that some openings include fianchettoing the bishop. But sometimes, this isn't part of the opening, but I still need to decide whether to bring my bishop one rank forward (like Bg7) or to the ...
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Non-Standard Knight Development

From its starting square, a knight has 3 legal moves: The “standard” one (c3, f3, c6, f6), the “weird” one (a3, h3, a6, h6) and the “other” one (d2, e2, d7, e7). In my games, I almost always do the ...
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How to prepare opening for correspondence thematic tournament

I like to play correspondence thematic tournaments as a way to practice/learn new openings/variations. Since they are unrated, I sometimes try wild/unusual moves to see what happens. However, I was ...
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How many new openings did Fischer use against Spassky in 1972?

Bobby Fischer's openings in the 1972 World Chess Championship are said to have taken Spassky completely by surprise: Fischer played always e4 as his opening move, in football terms he had a very ...
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Analyze game and explain why bad moves break theory [closed]

Is there an automated way to analyze a game and explain in human language why a particular opening move breaks theory?
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Why 2.d5 is much less common than other responses to the Mikenas Defense(1.d4 Nc6)?

I recently came across 1.d4 Nc6 while playing a game and I was immediatly tempted to play 2.d5, and so I did it, then my opponent continued the game with Ne5. After the game I went to an online ...
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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

As the title above, why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks? I see question marks for obvious opening mistakes from time to time, e.g. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6? or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4?! ...
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Why is …a6 played in the Exchange Slav?

[fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 a6 I do not see the point of this move. At first I thought it is aimed to prevent Bb5 and thus maintain the knight on c6, ...
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How does the “French Defense, Winawer Variation, Fingerslip Variation” get its name?

Why is this particular iteration of the "French Defense, Winawer Variation" called the "Fingerslip Variation"? [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ...
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Why don't people play the Englund Gambit?

[FEN ""] 1. d4 e5 I have been playing this gambit for over 8 months with extensive analysis and have come to the conclusion that it is a very playable opening and, in many cases, black can ...
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Why is the 'classical' Nimzo-Indian called the Noa variation?

I recently played 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5, and it was coded as the Noa variation There was a Josef Noa of Hungary, who lived from, 1856-1903, but his recorded games do not include a ...
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Is Bg4+ good in this position in the Alekhine Defense?

This is one of my games [FEN ""] 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.Bf4 dxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1, Bg4+ 9.f3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 Black to move, I played dxe5, dxe5, Qxd1 Kxd1 and now I played ...
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Black Lion opening plans for White's 5. Bc4 line

The Black Lion is a line that can be transposed from a Philidor or Pirc defense. I play with White this line. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O c6 7.a4 Qc7 8.Re1 ...
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Is calculation the most important aspect of playing chess?

In many of my games, I've come across opponents who can calculate really well and deeply. Generally I feel that I lose if I can't calculate as well as my opponents. So my question was really if ...
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The Mosquito Gambit

[FEN ""] [startply "5"] 1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Qh4 3. Nf3 I reached this position after following the line for the Englund Gambit. Lichess says that this is known as the Mosquito Gambit. Is it a joke ...
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Information on adding opening knowledge to an engine

I'm writing a chess engine in C# for school purposes. As part of the assignment, I need to read something from an external document. I was thinking of reading an opening book, but I can't really find ...
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Why does Stockfish recommend this bishop exchange early on?

When reviewing my games on Lichess, I very often find the Lichess engine recommending to me to sacrifice the bishop early on after checking the enemy king. I have created a sample game where you can ...
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Exchanging on d5 in queen's gambit like openings

I'm ~2170 rated but having avoided d4 d5 type setups my entire chess career, as some things are quite mysterious to me. In positions where white has pawns on d4 and c4 and black has one on d5 (...
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How viable is the hippopotamus defense?

Clearly the defense is not viable in top level chess for classical time controls. Roughly at what rating is it viable to have the hippopotamus defense as your primary black defense?
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Beat the Polish defence

I was playing a game against a FIDE master which started with the Polish defence, Spassky gambit: 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 [White "Bad_Bishop"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 What are ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White vs. Spassky?

Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White in many games in the 1972 World Championship match vs. Spassky, although he almost never played it in any other tournament or match game?
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How much do you actually learn from the book Modern Chess Openings by Nick de Firmian?

How much theory does the book actually cover and how far in terms of opening knowledge and building my opening repertoire will memorising every line of the book get me?
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How to decide what openings to stick with?

I've come to the conclusion that I'm at the point where it would be better for me to stick with a handful of openings I can know well as oppose to how I would normally just play quite a large range of ...
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What to play vs. 1. d4 when Sicilian is my favorite defense?

I've been playing chess since my childhood however just recently got into chess very seriously and my online balance was approx. 90-60 out of 150 games and then I lost 25 games due to a broken phone. ...
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How to avoid blundering in chess? [duplicate]

I realize that there is no point in playing good chess if you end up blundering away a rook or a bishop. I end up blundering atleast once in two games which generally ends up with me resigning due to ...
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At what point does the opening end, and middle game begin?

Just curious if there's a set of guidelines to determine when a player can call the opening pretty much done, and move into the middle game. I know some rules of the opening that would apply are All ...
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What is black's best sixth move in the Sicilian Grand Prix?

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O Nxb5 is most common. [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.O-O Nxb5 (6...a6) Instead of 6...Nxb5 if black plays 6...a6, it ...
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What is the idea behind Schuhler Gambit?

The Schuhler Gambit is a line in the Sokolsky Opening. [FEN ""] 1. b4 c6 2.Bb2 a5 3.b5 cxb5 4.e4 White gives away their b-pawn here. Stockfish claims this actually gives a small advantage ...
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Transposition into KID

I have looked at many grandmaster games where White starts off with 1.c4, which later mostly transposes into a King's Indian. However, Black could have immediately played 1...e5, which seems slightly ...
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Why do some openings have Indian in their name?

Why are a few chess openings named King's Indian Defense, Queen's Indian Defense, Nimzo-Indian defense, and so on? What is the significance of Indian in all these opening names? What's India's ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, is 2…Nf6 safer and easier to learn than Nc6?

I am an amateur player and do not have much time to study and memorise complicated opening lines. Am wondering after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, if 2...Nf6 is a safer and simpler option for black than 2...Nc6. My ...
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Is the Grand Prix Attack a poor response to the Sicilian?

The Grand Prix Attack begins 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4. It is an anti-Sicilian for white that is popular among club players because playing it requires memorizing significantly less theory than the ...
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Is the Evans Gambit declined good for black?

According to this answer, Evans gambit is not popular anymore. I looked at it and I don't see anything wrong with it. I can't go over all the variations here, but you could look for an article or a ...
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Why don't masters prevent the pin after Bg4 in the modern Italian game?

In the Italian game, according to the Lichess masters database, the play usually starts similarly to [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O-O O-O 7. Bb3 However, ...
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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

It's been about 10 years since I played tournament chess regularly. My last rating was 1586 USCF, but it had been as high as 1717. I recently decided to get back into playing chess, and am looking ...
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How to counter white's attempt to get a massive center in the Giucco Piano?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 When white plays 4. c3 and prepares to push d4 to get a massive center, how is it possible to prevent them from doing so, or at least put a lot of ...
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Owen's Defence playability

The Owen's defence is a chess opening which starts with 1. e4 b6!?. This opening is playable if Black can get a quick c7-c5 break, where he has a pawn on e6, b6, and then he pushes c7-c5. However, ...
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How do I get a well-rounded understanding of chess openings?

So, it was inevitable. I am making progress in the middle-game. I understand positions better and my tactics continue to improve. My end games are still solid/superior for my skill level so I ...
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Openings vs. Middle vs. End games [closed]

Which among the following is the most difficult to master in Chess games? Opening vs. Middle vs. End
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Listing engine evaluation of each game after opening to track my opening skill level

I've recently picked up the book "Pump up your rating" where the author talks about tracking each of your games with a post-mortem analysis. The report of all your games combined will show ...
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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 the following position: [FEN ""] [StartPly "15"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 ...
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Latvian Gambit recommendations

The Latvian gambit: e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5!? leads to a sort of King's gambit reversed. I've had a large winning percentage for this opening as Black in club games. Would this opening be good for a 1500-...
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Playing Reversed openings

In chess games where my opponent is White, White may play 1. e3 or 1. d3, so when I play 1...e5 and 1...d5 in response, I find myself in a reversed opening where I have the opening advantage. What are ...
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Opening creation-is it ever possible?

I have invented (to the best of my knowledge) a really decent opening. I would like to note that over the ICC I have actually beaten a few masters with this opening, with one master having an ICC ...
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What is the most sound, yet still sharp, gambit?

I have played chess seriously for a little over a year and my style is an aggressive one. I started off playing really dubious gambits (at least in my opinion) like the King's Gambit and the Latvian ...

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