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

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Pawn structure in king's indian or grünfeld

I'm trying out kings indian against d4 openings but there is one problem... I get mated. I can't defend after castling under the h7 g6 f7 pawn structure. Somehow it works as an opening with an ...
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It is important to play e4 or d4 to 'control the center'. Myth or reality?

Well, there are two premises in the question itself: 1) That e4 or d4 'controls the center'. 2) That 'Controlling the center'is something important. It appears to me that 'controlling the center' is ...
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Existence Flanking against Center Control

as I learnt at School of Chess, there are 7 different school with unique 'accentuation', Philidor, believed that maintaining the mobility of pawns was the most important strategic factor of chess ...
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Chess openings together with games played using this opening

I am looking for a resource where I can get a list of chess openings (the more comprehensive the better) together with games that were played using this opening. Up till now the only good thing I was ...
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Scotch gambit: 4… f6

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 f6 How should I play from here? This move seems to head off the main ideas of my kingside attack; what is the best way to proceed with the plan of ...
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Push e and d pawns in semi open openings

I recently met the French defence as white which turned into the advanced version. In short, I got crushed in a humiliating way, kicked while lying and spat on. So now I am reforming and ...
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What are the main ideas and goals in the Queen's Indian Defense?

There's no real surprise when it comes to the strategy for the King's Indian Defence: storm white's king side, maybe sac a few things, and mate (ideally). But what does a practitioner of the QID hope ...
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Do any openings result in a lost game for black?

Based on this comment I'd like to know which openings, if any, are considered unplayable (i.e. lost) for black? My own understanding is that in some opening lines it's harder for black to equalise, ...
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Why is the Alekhine Defense named after Alekhine?

Alekhine, a world champion, has his name on the defense Nf6 in response to White's e4. But after e.g. 2. e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4. d4, White seems to have a good game. Did Alekhine win any notable games (...
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What are the key ideas for white in the Keres Attack (Sicilian Scheveningen)?

The Keres Attack (Sicilian Scheveningen) has the following starting position [FEN ""] [White "Keres Attack"] [Black "Sicilian Scheveningen"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4 ...
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What's with the Petrov?

The Petrov or Russian opening is seldom seen these days: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 Why? Is it fully refuted? Or merely uncomfortable for Black?
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Why does Black play 10…a6 in the A39 variation of the English opening?

I observed that after [fen ""] 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.g3 Bg7 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O Nxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 10.Qd3 In many games, Black played the strange move 10...a6!? It has been ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted with 3. Nf3

According to wikipedia in the main line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted White's 3rd move is: 3.Nf3: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Doesn't that pretty much turn the opening into a real gambit? ...
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1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 - how should Black respond?

I had White deviate from the French main line in a blitz game by playing: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 Since this line is not discussed in the Wikipedia article on French defence I am thinking that ...
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How good is 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nf6?

When I play online blitz, playing black, I usually answer 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 with 2... Nf6!? 3.Qxe5 Be7. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nf6 3.Qxe5 Be7 White often collapses quickly due to lack of development ...
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French :: exchange variation - but not quite

I had the following in a game [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 expecting White to follow with Nc3 leading to the Two Knight's Variation of the French Instead, the game continuing with: [FEN ""] 1. ...
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How should black develop the dark squared bishop in the advance variation of the French Defense?

The following is the French defence, advance variation: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 * My question is how Black should play his King's Bishop. Any time that Bishop moves the White Queen can go ...
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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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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 are white's plans in this Scotch Gambit position?

I'll skip the long explanation, but it's not uncommon for me to reach the following position as White out of the opening: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.O-O cxb2 Bxb2 (...
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What is the Pirc Defense (1… d6 or 1… g6)?

On this website: http://www.dwheeler.com/chess-openings/, it says that the Pirc Defense is 1. e4 d6 or 1. e4 g6. Which one of them is the true Pirc Defense?
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Old Indian defense variation: 1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 : how should White respond?

I had the following game which transposed to an Old Indian defense position: 1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 But then Black did not follow with the main line: 3 ... e5 (see wikipedia article) but rather ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted : how should White continue after 3.e3 Be6?

The Wikipedia article on Queen's Gambit Accepted simply notes that "... White has good compensation after 4.Ne2". [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3.e3 Be6 4. Ne2 (4.Qc2) What about Qc2 to add ...
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what are some good openings with a trap to play *against* beginners?

For instance, I consider the Queen's Gambit to be such an opening. Most beginners playing black would accept the gambit, and try to defend their pawn too, leading to inferior lines for black. Any ...
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ChessDB databases import

I've just installed the ChessDB software hosted at SourceForge. While discovering the software I see that the databases that come with the software are empty and I would like to know how to import ...
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How to setup ChessX to tell the name of the current opening?

I have ChessX 1.0 for Mac OSX. Is there a way for it to tell the name of the current opening position?
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How should one continue development against an unorthodox move by an opponent?

Let's say you have been practicing a certain opening such as the Ruy Lopez and you have all the main lines down and suddenly your opponent makes some unorthodox move that you did not encounter while ...
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Caro-Kann variation 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5

I would like to play the Modern Variation of the Caro-Kann. What is the best way to deal with Ng5? Best strategy and known tactics (e.g. the Ne6 sacrifice). Maybe you can recommend a book dedicated to ...
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Is it possible to play the Najdorf Defense if white played 1. d4?

After white plays 1. d4, is it still possible for black to play the Najdorf Defense? Is it possible, for Black to play in a way in order to reach a Najdorf setup? If so, how should Black continue?
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Opening assistance for a beginner

I am new to chess and am confused on what to do with the following opening [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 I have been playing 4. a3, but the Bishop then proceeds to take c3 so I end up ...
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How should black meet the Halloween Gambit?

Although the Halloween Gambit is generally considered bad (and nearly losing for white), it is tricky to meet over the board, especially at the club level. How should black play in order to refute ...
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What is the significance of openings?

I am a beginner in chess and don't understand the concept of openings at all. To me they appear to be just moving one of the eight pawns or one of the two knights. But wherever I see there is talk ...
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Options for breaking the Giuoco Pianissimo wide open?

I don't like the Giuoco Pianissimo [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 because I find it very slow and boring. The cramped center and overall board make me want to just resign, so as ...
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Is pawns supporting pawns a good opening strategy?

For my opening strategy in most chess games I play, I usually move my pawns forward two, then one in an alternating strategy, until I have a sort of WWW shape with my pawns. That way, if anyone takes ...
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Centre pawn vs. side pawn?

Chess theory suggests that pawns whose file is nearer to the central files are more powerful. This is somewhat obvious for the rook's pawn, which can attack only one square as opposed to the other ...
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Reason(s) to play 5. Nf3 in the stonewall dutch opening?

I have heard that it is a good idea for white to trade dark-squared bishops because blacks pawns often end up on light squares leaving the dark squares vulnerable. In the scenario below, it seems 5. ...
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Italian Game: Two Knights Defense, Kloss Gambit (C57)

In my recent effort to play as many Evan's Gambit games and an ocassional Lolli Attack, I recently had this game as White: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nb4 6. Nc3 Nbxd5 7....
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Are there good variations for White against the Sicilian that do not involve an early d4?

If White opens e4 and Black replies c5, that's the Sicilian defense. Typical next moves are 2. Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4, etc. Are there good variations for White where he DOESN'T play d4? I've heard ...
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Best reply to C46 Four knights, Italian variation

I am a low rating player and I would like to understand why 5 Nxe4 is consider to be the best replay by white on the C46 Four knights, Italian variation opening against 4 Nxe4 by black. Instead of 5. ...
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Scandinavian: 2. Nc3 d4

I started out with a simple opening: 1. e4 d5 2. Nc3 and then the computer played 2... d4, surprising me, as I had never encountered it before. Since then, I've been trying to analyse the possible ...
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Berlin Defence or Petroff? [closed]

Which one is the better drawing weapon? Which one is harder to beat? Which one is more solid? Which opening should black pick if he/she doesn't want to lose? If black needs a draw in the last ...
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Take away which pawns?

In a hypothetical variant of chess, before the start of the game black is allowed to remove one white pawn and one black pawn. Which pawns should they remove? The pawns don't have to be on the same ...
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Looking for a good and non main line variation against the Sicilian

I am looking for a nice variation against the Sicilian, which is a little bit aggressive but mainly not part of the main line like Nf3, d4, b4 or c3 after e4 c5. The thing is, I don't want to learn ...
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…e5 in response to the Keres Attack?

TL;DR Has a quick ...e5 in response to the Keres Attack been well-analyzed somewhere? Kasparov famously ditched the 5...e6 Scheveningen move-order for a 5...a6 Najdorf move-order during his 1984 ...
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What is the main purpose of the Evans gambit?

When I see the Evans Gambit, I don't see the point of it, maybe because I am a beginning player. It seems that after: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 Since the ...
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Fried Liver Attack in the Scotch Gambit - Two Knights Defense?

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Ng5 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Nxf7 Kxf7 8. Qf3+ Ke6 Now the usual move in the Fried Liver Attack is 9. Nc3 attacking the knight on d5, but the d-pawn ...
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What is a critical variation?

Sometimes I hear that a critical variation in a certain opening was avoided and instead a solid variation was chosen. Can someone explain to me what a critical variation is? Maybe also explaing in the ...
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Is it possible to download a big txt file containing many openings?

I am creating a small chess engine for a CS class, nothing serious, i need to read the openings from a txt file or any format, i can go to websites like chessgames.com and download individual games, ...
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How should I play against the Alekhine?

I like to play the variation below, although it may seem a little bit awkward. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. c5 Nd5 From here you can play Nc3 or Bc4. White will have a lot of space and ...
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How can a drawish opening be fashionable?

dfan's answer to this question suggested the following. Why would a specific opening become popular as the method of choice to play for a draw? Wouldn't it be better to select an obscure out-of-...