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

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How is White compensated in these lines of the Milner-Barry gambit?

After White's sixth move 6. Bd3 in the Milner-Barry gambit line, White hasn't yet truly offered his pawn up for sacrifice yet. It's for this reason that Black will play cxd4, but not continue the ...
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Short castle in Trompowsky

In recent 1st Match between Maguns & Karjakin, started with Trompowsky. How can Karjakin prefer catsle even g file is open ( g × f6 at 3rd move ). Whats idea behind it?
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What are some beginner to advanced openings or variations I could use?

I’ve played chess for some time now, but I’ve really started to get into it these past few months. The thing I need help on is openings. I know about the different ones, and even attempted one or two ...
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Reti opening with bishop aiming kingside

I try a variation of Reti opening these days where I aim both my bishops kingside. [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Nf6 4. Bb2 Bg4 5. e3 e6 6. Be2 And after that I struggle a lot trying to bring ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Could someone recommend books or online resources on those two openings for intermediate players (about 1800)? Since my opponents at this level are likely to go out of theory on move 4 or 5, I want ...
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What is the name of this variation: 1. e4 b6 2. e5?

I had started playing Owen's Defense. My opponent pushed the pawn one step forward. What variation did he try, securing this pawn he may play well. r1bqkbnr/p1pppppp/1pn5/4P3/8/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w ...
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4 Player chess strategies

Are there any nice strategies for 4 player chess? (Bughouse chess) How to open, how to win? I have not found anything good on the web.
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Why is 7. f3 so ubiquitous in the Yugoslav Sicilian?

I'm a mid-level player just starting to systematically study openings, and I'm wondering why it is that after the signature Yugoslav initiation 6. Be3 by White, and the certain follow-up 6. ... Bg7, ...
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C45g, where to find this ECO code?

I have a text file with 10K+ ECO opening codes from the Scid source distribution, for example: C45g Scotch: Steinitz, Berger Variation C45q Scotch: 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.a4 a6 7.Nc3 Qf6 I know C45 ...
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Additional openings that are Chess Position Trainer compatible

I just started playing with Chess Position Trainer and I really enjoy the experience of playing through the "Closed Sicilian” repetoir that comes pre-loaded. The manual mentions that you can build ...
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Can any opening get outdated?

Chess getting played since long years with evolutionary advancements. In this process few openings or variations may get outdated. Can it happen so?
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In an opening tree on ChessBase, how can we fix the statistics so that transpositions are not taken into account in the total number of games?

In an opening tree (also called "opening explorer" or "openings book") on ChessBase 12, here are the statistics that we get after 1. Nf3 c5 : So it seems that after 1. Nf3 c5 White will play 2. e4 93%...
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Is c5 a key move in an opening where white begins with d4?

In one game between world class players, (Alekhine and Rubinstein), the game began 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 ... When Rubenstein played 3... a6?, Alekhine grabbed the opportunity to reply 4. c5! ...
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How do I learn a new opening?

Often times, when I find myself going through the lines of a new opening, one that I would like to start using in my games I hit the concrete wall after a couple of days of studying it. Due to the ...
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Tournament strategy to gain maximum points

My question may seem a little odd. But, nevertheless: Planning to play in the tournament. 15 + 0 Swiss system. There will be players from beginner to CM. What do you consider best openings to ...
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Understanding vs. Memorization

Is memorization necessary in modern chess? Whenever I play chess, I always run out of time because I move slowly in the opening; unlike others who move fast in the opening because they have memorized ...
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What is wrong with f2-f4 against the French Defense?

[fen ""] [Startply "3"] [Title "2.f4 against the French Defense"] 1.e4 e6 2.f4 What is so obviously wrong with this approach? I ask because it is not even mentioned in the complete Black repertoire ...
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Instructive games with a white h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I like to play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently, a friend showed me a game where he (as white) successfully played a h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit, which both damaged black's kingside while ...
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Help trying to invent a tactical chess opening

I need help! I am trying to invent something out of my own imagination. But something isn't right... I am playing as white and I can't figure out why is it that I have the feeling about losing a pawn ...
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Which gambits get good results if they're accepted, but lead to poor results for the gambiteer if they're declined?

Some gambits are playable whether the gambit is accepted or not, such as the Queen's Gambit, the King's Gambit, the Evans Gambit and the Budapest Gambit. Some are just dubious (the Elephant and a host ...
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Between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, strategic and quiet positions?

I'm a ~1750 Elo player and I've been thinking of switching my opening repertoire for White. So my question is: between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most ...
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Looking for a stable pawn structure after 1. Nf3

Question here regarding black responses to Nf3 - at my level 60% of players open with e4, 30% open with d4. The other 10% of the time, it's Nf3. My issue with Nf3 is that it has the possibility to ...
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What openings are recommendable for beginners to study?

I am a beginner. With reference to opening theory, which opening should I start learning? My friends are suggesting Ruy Lopez...
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Reference for good French Defense games?

I want to learn this opening right now, and I was wondering what are some good games that have been played in these two openings. I prefer games in between modern players so I can relate to the game. ...
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Chess Olympiad statistics

I have watched some matches played in the chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The majority of the games I watched, one player played the English opening, and usually he won, I haven't seen any French opening ...
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A good site to learn Anki for chess openings? [closed]

Can someone tell me a good website in order to learn to use Anki for chess opening improvement?
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Are mind games effective?

If you want a quick match and need a way to put off your opponent early on, what sort of tactics can i use to mess with their head? I am specifically interested in the opening and middlegame, however ...
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What is the idea of the Kaufmann Attack (5.c4) against the Petroff?

What is the idea of White playing 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. c4 ? Does he intend to get some good version of the main lines, while avoiding certain sidelines? It seems in fashion ...
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Why not 4.Bd2 in the Nimzo-Indian?

After the initial moves of the Nimzo-Indian 4.Bd2 is rarely played and it gets poor results according to databases. [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 It looks like the most natural move ...
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What are White's main ideas in the exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez?

I was wondering what are the main ideas for white in the exchange variation, Ruy Lopez opening. [fen "r1bqkbnr/1pp2ppp/p1p5/4p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 5"] Thank you.
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Very Confusing Openings

What are some openings that normally a player with less or no understanding of opening theory would suffer agonizingly? Or perhaps, openings that are extremely confusing to play against? To me, the ...
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Examples of recent early opening novelties at the top level

The world elite usually practises extremely deep opening preparation based on established theory, with the first move that has never been played before often coming after the 20th turn. What are some ...
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Can't decide on an opening for white

My opening repertoire so far includes pretty much exclusively the French Defense as Black against e4, and that is about it. What does this indicate about what type of player I am? Also what would be ...
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What is a good plan for white against the Rubinstein variation in the French defense?

I always play the Tarrasch variation against the French defense and I have quite some good results with it. Nevertheless, when black exchanges on e4 and the game transposes into the Rubinstein ...
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Opening book for stockfish

I am looking for a relatively up to date opening book for stockfish5 chess engine. I do not need it to be created by a stockfish team (only to work together with stockfish). Up till now the only ...
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What are some good books for chess openings?

I am not new to chess, I have been playing for around 6 years. But I don't know much about chess openings technically. What are some of the very good books to to learn important opening moves? Thank ...
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What is the purpose of 3…a6 in the Ruy Lopez?

It doesn't kick the bishop off that diagonal, and playing ...b5 later puts the bishop on another great diagonal and is supposedly bad for black (an explanation of this would be great too). So why is 3....
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Best resources to learn the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez for both colors?

I faced this opening 3 times recently in a tournament, and only scored 1 win and 2 losses. I would like to know: what are the best books or DVDs that cover the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez?
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What are the main ideas for White in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, 3.e4 variation?

What are the main ideas for White after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4? [FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4
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Taking the knight on c6 in open Sicilians

Why is it generally uncommon (unsound?) for white to capture the knight on c6 in open Sicilians? For example (this is just an example; I'm not referring to this specific position, but similar ...
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Why did non-Russian masters allow Capablanca to play “standard” openings against them?

Former world champion JR Capablanca was not a particularly good opening player. Yet he was the "champ" because once he survived the opening, he played better middle and endgames than others. And this ...
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Undrawable Openings?

What are some openings that are extremely difficult to obtain a draw in? I have been recently playing openings like the Ruy Lopez and facing a lot of draws.
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Which chess openings trade the most pieces?

The goal here, albeit heterodox, is to bring the game into a position with few pieces on the board, where yourself as a player has forced the other to trade all your major pieces, leaving both in a ...
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How should black react if white plays “defensively”?

I have heard that when White makes defensive moves, Black should take the center and be aggressive. In such a case, is there a problem with Black making defensive moves too? Is that a bad idea?
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Which piece should I move and where should I move it when playing against black in chess when I have the first move of the game?

What is the first piece I should move as a novice chess player when beginning the game on the white side as a defensive strategy?
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How to learn e4 e5 as black?

I'm about 1800 FIDE and I wanted to incorporate e4 e5 to my repertoire as black, however, as soon as i started studying it, it became clear to me that its one of the most complex openings to prepare. ...
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How to play for a win with White without fighting for an opening advantage

I know that there are practical methods of playing for a win with White without bothering with an opening advantage. In Kasparov's multivolume work on his predecessors Bent Larsen is described as ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

Kramnik introduced this idea in a couple of his games against Aroninan, but I am struggling to justify such a slow move in a rather open position: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 ...
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Why is the g3 and Bg2 set up so strong vs the Dutch?

Why is the g3 and Bg2 plan so strong vs the Dutch? For example, in other main openings (KID, Gruenfeld, Queen's Gambit, Queen's Indian) it's just an alternative to the "classical" systems, those with ...
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How do strong players know opening ideas, plans, etc?

A scenario that already happened many times. "GM X" comes out with this new book on "Defense Y" and this book becomes an instant classic for its lucid, clear explanations of the Defense's main themes, ...

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