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

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Knowing when to play Nc6 vs Nbd7 in the Najdorf Sicilian as black?

I've been studying the Najdorf Sicilian for some time, and I generally have a good idea of where to develop my pieces to. My light and dark square bishops typically end up on e6 and e7, respectively. ...
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Aggressive variation against Queen's Gambit Declined?

My style favors aggressive, complicated openings. I have constructed a suitable repertoire with White beginning with 1. d4 with one exception. I have so far been unable to find a satisfactory response ...
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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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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

For this question I'm interested only in gambits that: Are real gambits. That is, the side that's risking the material actually ends up down material + cannot count on winning the material back. This,...
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Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

Many chess players nowadays recommend the Rossolimo against c5-Nc6 Sicilian: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 However, I find the open sicilian to be easier to play: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 ...
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Why do some strong players play 5… Be4 in Caro Kann, Tal Variation?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 { B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Tal Variation } h6 5. g4 Be4 6. f3 Bh7 7. e6 Nf6 What is the point of the intermediate move 5...Be4 ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 O-O 8.Bc4 e6 9.O-O a6 Here is a line from a game of mine. I made the movee 10. Qd3, but my computer program says Qd2 ...
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Carlsen - Ghaem, why does Black want to do e5?

I am watching videos about the London system, and one example they use is this game. [Title "Carlsen-Ghaem, Baku 2016"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bg3 c5 ...
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Why do some (many!) grandmasters play the opening so slowly?

I know it is never good to memorize opening lines and play them without understanding the plans and ideas, but still, I see so many grandmasters play moves from #5 to around #10 so slowly as if they'...
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Resource to Learn Chess Opening? [duplicate]

I am around 1300+ in Lichess With around 1100+ Games. I wanted to improve my Chess Openings Can anyone provide best resource to learn chess openings.
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How do you document your opening repertoire on a mac?

I have an opening repertoire which I play consistently. My problem, however, is that occasionally I will find holes in my repertoire: main line variations for which I have zero prep. I'd like to make ...
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Is there a standard system of classification of games?

Given there are practically infinite number of chess games possible, does there exist a standard system of classifying or naming games simlar to how there are rules for naming a chemical compound ...
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Sicilian Defence or Caro-Kann also help with Queen's pawn opening [closed]

I know and play the Sicilian defense. Specifically, I mix it with the Hyper Accelerated Dragon with the kingside rook pawn movement akin to the Najdorf. I am also learning the Caro-Kann, in which most ...
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What is the worst opening move, and why?

Grouping of initial moves of a chess game are well known, though I've never seen analysis of the worst possible opening move, any thoughts? If so, please provide more than just a move, but the exact ...
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How should one respond to the Sodium attack?

The Sodium attack is characterised by the move 1.Na3, tending to be followed by the fianchetto of the bishop. This opening has never been played by myself, but I seem to encounter it quite frequently ...
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How should I play after, or refute, the Tennison Gambit?

I played a game as Black in which I fell victim to a gambit trap and soon resigned. Stockfish labled it as the "Tennison Gambit." [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 ...
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What was Caruana's plan in playing c6 against Carlsen in Game 10 of the Clutch Chess International?

In Game 10 of the 2020 Clutch Chess International, Caruana played c6 in response to Carlsen's 9. Nd5. [FEN ""] [Event "Clutch Chess International"] [Round "10"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "...
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Plan against pawn formation of c4, d5, e4, e3 in the Nimzowitsch defense (or similar positions in the Dunst opening)

I'm a 1700-ish player who plays opening systems starting with 1.Nc3 as white and 1. ... Nc6 as black, and generally I'm pretty happy with my results. But there's one type of setup that I struggle ...
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Most different openings by transpositions?

What sequence of opening moves can include most different named Openings or Defenses by transpositions? For example, I just played a bullet game that went: 1.d4 e5 2. e4 d6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bb5. In ...
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How can I find the endgame probability based on the opening?

I want to find the endgame probabilities based on the openings I play. This would be a game changer when it comes to prioritizing what endgames to study. I know Chessbase provides a tool for this, ...
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Black opening sequence that is equally solid versus d4 and e4

Is there an opening sequence for black that is equally solid versus d4 and e4? Obviously you have to take into account white's subsequent moves, but the goal would be to have an opening where the ...
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Scotch 4 Knights with 4… d5

[FEN "r1bqkb1r/ppp2ppp/2n2n2/3pp3/3PP3/2N2N2/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R w KQkq - 4 5"] If Black "mirrors" White's move 4. d4 in the Scotch 4 Knights, and White wants to play sharp, aggressive moves, what would ...
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Why pin knights early in the opening?

I am a beginner amateur player, and I have been thinking about openings. On lots of occasions the opponent pins the white knight on Nc3 or Nf3 (as black) or the black knight on Nc6/Nf6. What is the ...
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Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Botvinnik-Carls Defense

I seem to keep losing games as white in this opening. What systems is good for white and what are the developing ideas before the middlegame for white after 4. dxc5? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 ...
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How to Create Positional Theory

I've been playing Kraton Chess, which is basically standard chess except there are 96 different possible starting positions that are similar to the standard starting position. All the rules of ...
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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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As black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by white in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

I recently played a game on as black. My opponent and I transposed into, according to Lichess, the Russian Game, Damiano Variation, when white played Qe2 on move 4. I wasn’t sure how to reply, and I ...
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Simple (not deep in theory or moves) Openings for White and Black?

I am at the point where I want to learn some simple openings for White and Black. By simple, I mean, openings that do not have a deep theory and don't take a lot of moves to get into. Currently, I ...
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Which are the least theoretical openings? [duplicate]

Which are the least theoretical openings for both white and black? I really don't want to spend too much time on openings. I would appreciate it if you mention all the openings you know.
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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Opening trap that result in a windmill?

Are there any opening traps where your opponent can blunder into a windmill?
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What's the best move against this variation in the Philidor Defense?

What's the best Knight move for White against this variation (loved by beginners) in the Philidor Defense? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 c5
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Why does Black want to trade off her King's Bishop in many d4 lines?

I feel that in many lines starting with d4, such as the Queen's Gambit Declined, or especially the Nimzo-Indian, Black is more than happy to trade her King's Bishop for White's knight on c3. For ...
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Is the Spanish opening better than the Italian opening (for white)?

I am currently playing the Italian opening with the white pieces. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 I have been training with a higher rating player, who suggests to switch to the Spanish opening. [...
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How to reach an open position in the 4 Knights Game without exchanging too much material?

I believe that 4 knights opening is the most popular opening, especially among average players. I play it a lot, that's why I want to analyse it. I'm an average player, so I hope you can help me. ...
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Does 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 have to be a bad opening?

There seems to be a pretty nifty attack for White after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Qxe5+ Qe7 6.Qxh8 I've played as White with this opening several times, ...
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As a coach what is the process to create a repertoire for a child?

I started coaching a child (11 yo) part-time. Has to be said that I am passionate about chess, and I am myself 1992 ELO and am new to coaching, but I like sharing and explaining. At first I was ...
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Very Aggressive Openings

One of my favorite openings is the King's Gambit. It is extremely aggressive, and makes for a sharp tactical game without sacrificing too much material. It isn't played at the highest level at ...
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Which gambits have been most successful?

Besides the Queen's Gambit (which isn't really a gambit anyway), which gambits have been most successful as far as winning percentage and usage at high levels of play?
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Facing irregular or uncommon openings

How do you deal with this? I'm a bit of a chess perfectionist, and I always want to play the best move, so when I go up against an irregular opening, I don't do badly, but it's hard be 100% sure you ...
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What are the best scoring openings in Chess960?

I don't play Chess960, or Fischer Chess as it is also known. I've seen a lecture or two about it, but I was never interested. Last week I was a bit bored so I decided to participate in a tournament ...
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Why are chess.com opening names and notations seemingly mismatched?

I often see something like the above when playing chess online. When I played Ruy Lopez and my opponent played Classical Variation, but I transposed us to Four Knights Game Spanish Variation, I had ...
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Refutation of the Blackmar-Diemer gambit?

Is there an accepted refutation of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit, 1. d4 d5 2. e4 or what is the strongest line for Black to prove that the gambit is unsound?
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ECO A03 Bird's opening Dutch Variation for analysis

Here is fen diagram of end game, [fen "3Qk2r/B1p2pp1/p7/4P2p/P4P2/2P4q/2r4P/R2R2K1 w k - 0 1"] I tried few games with Bird's opening today. Chess.com says Bird's Opening Dutch Variation in fact ...
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Not able to use rooks properly

While playing a game, I observe that I am not able to use my rooks properly. The reason is that I am not able to bring them out earlier as they occupy the corner position. This gives a lead to the ...
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Why is 5. Nc3 preferred over 5. f3 in the Open Sicilian?

The statistics at move 5 seem amazing for White, slightly better than Nc3. I was wondering how White can "get away" with the plan to play c4 before Nc3, achieving even more control of the center. So ...
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Looking for openings by pawn structure

Sometimes when playing Alekhine defense Scandinavian Variation, I get this kind of pawn structure : 8/p6p/6p1/2p1p3/2PpP1P1/Pp1P4/1P6/8 w - - 1 29 I am very comfortable playing as black with this ...
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How this game is denoted as French Advanced Variation?

I had started playing this game with Scandinavian Defense opening. How it is been denoted as French Advanced variation as of 3rd move. Please refer to the attached screen-shot.
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Theoretically, why is 4. Bd3 NOT one of the best candidates in Caro-Kann?

I seem to find 4. Bd3 to be one of the best choices in Caro-Kann. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 My reasoning: White's light bishop can only develop to Be2 or Bd3. Be2 seems passive. ...
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What is the rationale behind Black playing e6 in so many openings?

I am new to this stack exchange, so apologies if this question doesn't fit here. Though I have advanced through the game, and now have a somewhat respectable rapid rating of 1550, I have always found ...

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