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

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How to best respond to an early black Qa5 in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I often play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently I've been seeing black play an early Qa5, such as [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 Qa5 4. * or [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Qa5+ 4. * It ...
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Ideas behind each sicilian?

What are the key ideas behind each mainline open Sicilian as black? I am normally an e4 player as white, so I am fairly well acquainted with the types of positions that come out of the Sicilian. I am ...
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What is accepted and declined in chess moves?

I'm very beginner in chess. I was just going through some of the opening moves like King's gambit,Budapest gambit,Queen's gambit. I encountered things like Queen's gambit Accepted or Declined kind of ...
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Books/Videos for the Caro-Kann

I just started playing the Caro-Kann recently and have seen a variety of moves on white's third move. Are there any good "all-in-one" resources to examine the different variations? I consider the ...
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Why was 5…Nf6 traditionally preferred to 5…e6 in the Two Knights Caro-Kann?

Wells (2007) p165 asserts that 5...Nf6 was traditionally preferred over 5...e6 because [FEN "..."] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d4 dxe4 7. Nxe4 Qxd4 8. Bd3 Nbd7! "is an ...
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What are the latest ideas for Black against the Samisch King's Indian Defense?

I am always afraid of the Samisch variation of the King's Indian. It's the main reason why I switched to Chebanenko Slav (or ..a6 Slav, or Kamsky's Slav). But my opponents seem to be always prepared ...
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Should I play the Cozio defense deferred?

The Cozio defense to the Ruy Lopez: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O The Cozio defense deferred: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 The deferred variation speaks ...
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Which variation of the Grunfeld Defense for White will lead to the most strategic and least sharp position?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5, which variation of the Grunfeld Defense leads to the most solid and strategic position? If possible, I prefer a variation ...
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How deep should I memorize lines of the Sicilian Dragon?

How deep should I memorize lines of the Sicilian Dragon? 1400s USCF The Dragon seems to resonate with me the most, after looking at all the variations. Do I need to get a book on it, or can I get by ...
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Sicilian Lowenthal-Labourdonnais

I am very interested in the Lowenthal Sicilian, specifically the 5. Nb5 a6 line: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signalling the Lowenthal) Nb5 a6 (5 ... d6 is the Kalashnikov variation or what Silman ...
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How do I go about learning the Najdorf Sicilian?

I want to play and learn the Najdorf Sicilian. I know that white has three main options: 6.Bg5 6.Be3 6.Bc4 But I don't know much more than that. Furthermore, I want to play the Open Sicilian as ...
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In what cases is it good to play the Maroczy Bind in the Symmetrical English?

I'm thinking about playing the Maroczy Bind with White in the Symmetrical English (1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 - notice that I start with 1. Nf3). But I don't know exactly in what cases I should play it. So I ...
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How opening moves determine the whole game play?

I started chess some time ago. I was studying opening theory and it seems most opening moves characterize the style of play. I want to ask how can a couple of moves determine the whole game play? For ...
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Studying beyond the opening?

I was watching the following video on the Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game) - Variations with 3...a6. The video is almost 1.5 hours and it pretty much goes through all variations with 3...a6. As I was going ...
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Evans Gambit b4 loss

I have already read the section here on the Evans Gambit but I still don't understand the value of sacrificing the b pawn unnecessarily, in the likely case that black's Bishop returns to the c5. White ...
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A variant in the French defence advance variation

Consider the following beginning, quite typical of the advance variation of the French defense: [fen ""] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 On what I have seen on the web, the ...
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openings for white which don't involve a central pawn push

It appears that black has more choices with regard to openings rather than white. While white would typically start with either e4 or d4, or sometimes c4, black has numerous choices for each of these ...
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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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Why is g4 the best move in this Queens Gambit accepted line?

Doesn't the extra tempo not make up for the lack of king safety?
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Strategic and tactical ideas for White in this KIA game

What are the good strategic and tactical plans for White in this position? rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Be7 7. O-O ...
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Closed Game effect for White

As my friend said a moment ago, the Closed Game type is bad practice for White because it brings White often to draw rather than win. If I want to get a better chance of winning, I should choose ...
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Why is 2…e6 the most common move after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4, but not after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3?

This is the case on the Chesstempo database, and the Chessbase database. I don't understand why. Wouldn't people who favour Nimzo-type setups play 2...e6 against both moves, and people who favour ...
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Is there an effective attack as white after Nf3 with e5 response in Atomic chess?

I'm a typical player who enjoys the 1. Nf3 opening as white in Atomic chess games. Today in an online Atomic chess tournament, I come across a player who played the 1... e5 response. As 1... f6 is the ...
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Which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste much time on the clock: sharp/aggressive/tactical or positional/solid/quiet openings?

I’m only asking this question out of curiosity. The answers I’ll get won’t make me change my opening repertoire. OTB which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste too much time on ...
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The Ponziani - What are the plans?

We live in a strange country. Instead of having championships for all group ages(U10, U12, etc) they just place everyone in a tournament and ship the top people of each group-age. I am third best in ...
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Help for beginning player to start learning openings

Hi and thanks in advance for any help. Basically, I've been playing chess on and off for a long time, but only casually. Im not a beginner as such, but I only play against friends and occasional ...
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How to defend from the crazy knight attack opening at Nf3 …, Nd4 in Atomic chess?

Here's a game of Atomic chess I played with a friend. As you may see, neither of us are very good at Atomic chess and the game ended in under twenty moves. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/...
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Openings that fianchetto on the king side

I'm a beginner and I really like openings that end up in a fianchetto, I mostly like playing on Black side because of Sicilian Dragon and King's Indian Defence. On White I play London System and ...
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Which common response against 1.e4 did Magnus Carlsen say is a bad opening? And what was Carlsen's exact quote?

I remember that a year ago or two, Magnus Carlsen said that one of the response against 1.e4 was bad. I don't remember exactly which of them he was calling bad, but I think it was the French (or the ...
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What is black trying to accomplish when playing Bb4 after Nc3 in the opening?

This happens sometimes when you're playing a person, more often when playing the computer it seems. The lichess Android app for e.g., on the easiest setting, always follows Nc3 this way (usually ...
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What are books about the French Defence which feature a Black repertoire that tends to lead to solid/positional/closed/slow/quiet/strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I am looking for one or more books about the French Defence which fits these 3 conditions: It must offer a complete ...
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Opening theory versus strong AI suggestions

I have realised that Opening theory usually contains the highest quality chess, they have been pruned and honed. However sometimes when I am going through an opening with say Stockfish, I find that at ...
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In Queen's Indian - Classical Line, why is … Bb4+, Bd2 Be7 preferred over Be7 directly

Consider the following line [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ (5... Be7) 6.Bd2 Be7 (6... Bxd2+) Black hardly ever plays 5... Be7 directly (I could only find one such game), but ...
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Can the Nc3+e3 Chebanenko Slav, the Exchange Slav and the 4…Bg4 Slow Slav transpose into each other?

I would like to know if the following three variations can transpose into each other? The Nc3+e3 Chebanenko Slav: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 The Exchange Slav: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 ...
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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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Caro-Kann Bronstein-Larsen Variation For Black

Any good references (books/videos/tutorials) for this variation? [fen ""] [StartFlipped "1"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 Thanks!
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Equalize - What does it really mean?

We often read or hear in books or video tutorials the following: "With this move, Black can equalize!". Some authors give 15-move or 20-move variations of some openings (e.g. Caro-Kann, Slav, Semi-...
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Are there any hypermodern openings for white

I just want to ask if there is any kind of hypermodern opening for white. For black, i usually play benko gambit and alekhine defense, so preferably, I am opting for a tactical opening
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What is the strongest reply to Czyzewski Opening?

I was exploring hypermodern openings and had found Czyzewski Opening. [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.b3 How I should react to this type of situation on the board. Is this some kind of trap?
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Why 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 rather than 2..Bf5?

Why has it become standard to decline the queen's gambit as below: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 which blocks the bishop, rather than: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 ? By analogy to the king's gambit: [...
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Can playing against Computer help?

I am a begineer level player on chess.com with rating around 1500. I play daily 2-3 games with 15|10 mins time control for each player. I find it difficult to get time to study chess books, and was ...
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What's the best continuation for white here?

Here's what I do when someone tries to copy my moves: [Date "????.??.??"] [Result "*"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 ...
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Openings for pawn storms

I am a weak player and I always will be. After completing the opening I have no idea what to do and, since a bad plan is better than no plan, I decided to do this from now on in every game: wait for ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5… e6 6. Nf3, what are the differences between 6… Be7 and 6… Bb4 ? Which one is more solid and quiet?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5... e6 6. Nf3, I am hesitating between 6... Be7 and 6... Bb4 [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 (6.....
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Should I be afraid of the Slav Tolush-Geller Gambit?

As Black, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3, I like to play 4... dxc4 5. a4 Bf5, but I am afraid to play 4... dxc4 because of 5. e4, the Tolush-Geller Gambit (always followed by 5... b5 6. e5 ...
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Is there a name for this variation ? (or just this setup in general)

Recently I played a game against an international master, which I won, with a variation I prepared by having Deep Fritz 14 analyze each move individually, and now I'm wondering is there a specific ...
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Resources on the Bogo-Indian opening

I'm looking for good resources to learning the Bogo-Indian opening: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+. For background purposes, I play at around the 1750 elo level. I like closed positions (...
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What is the best opening that i should learn [closed]

What is the best opening that i should learn , And how much time should be spent on learning an opening?
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack which move tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, and quiet positions: 5… e6, Nc6 or g6?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3, which move tends to lead (on average) to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic ...
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What openings provide “mini-objectives” in the early game?

As a beginner I've found that it is psychologically really nice playing QGA as white simply because I have a clear task at hand in the early game - namely recapture that pawn. Similarly, hedgehog for ...

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