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

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Where can I find good information on the ideas/themes behind certain opening lines?

I'm looking for some information on the ideas or themes behind different opening lines. E.g. Queens Gambit / Slav defence .. white tries to accomplish X and black tries to do Y without books of theory ...
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What Is Controlling The Center?

I keep reading about the importance of controlling the center in an opening, however (and forgive me my ignorance), I'm unsure if control means to occupy the center squares or to position pieces such ...
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Is there still any top grandmaster who still regularly plays Queen's Gambit Accepted?

I believe Anand used to play QGA, but it seems like he stopped - presumably after losing several games to Kramnik with it.
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An Aggressive Response (for black) against the closed sicilian?

I am look for an aggressive response to the closed sicilian (1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 ...) in which black has strong attacking and tactical chances against white. Most of the variations I have seen result in ...
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How to play against the Allgaier, Horny Defense?

The Allgaier, Horny Defense in the King's Gambit is given by the sequence: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ng5 h6 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Qxg4 Nf6 8. Qxf4 Bd6 I'm a King's Gambit player, ...
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Where can one get a large .bin opening book?

SCID uses .bin files as opening book format, but the opening books it has available on its site are rather small in size. Is there a better place to get larger .bin opening books? Alternatively, does ...
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Kind of popular variation in Tournament

I am just an ordinary chess player who does not know about Chess Tournament even just a little thing, as I saw at my Houdini vs my Houdini at Tournament level in 5 minutes (and now I still testing in ...
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Tools for helping to learn openings by heart

Is there any tool that can help us learn openings by heart? I tried to use Fritz but without success.
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Bishop's Opening, Berlin Defense, white goes Qf3; how to exploit with Black?

So: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Qf3 Qf3 should be a mistake for white, but I just can't get a decent position whenever I play this with Black. If I go on to castle kingside the queen and bishops ...
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Annotated games in the Makogonov Grünfeld?

I would appreciate references to sources, be they books or any other sort of media, that contain annotated games in the Makogonov Variation of the Grünfeld Defense (two possible move-orders for which ...
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Is this a popular variation/continuation of the Sicilian Defence?

I've grown fond of playing this opening with black against e4. I know it starts with the Sicilian but if it has a name or some background that would be nice to know. [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 ...
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How to counter 3. Nf3 f5 in the King's Gambit Declined

I've read about many of the basic variations of the KGD, e.g. these but none of of them mention the following from Black. This suggests to me that this move may be a mistake from black that I could ...
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What is the meaning of this chess opening theory table?

On this example chess opening theory table, what does "Σ%" and the number before it mean?
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How do chess openings officially get recognized?

With so many combinations of moves possible, how do openings get recognized? For example, what is to prevent me from playing a series of moves and declaring it the xaisoft gambit or xaisoft heart-...
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What are some lines of the Queen's Gambit symmetrical variation for white?

Some people who I play always play the symmetrical variation, and I don't know how to play it for white. [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5
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Wedge pawn formation with slight differences

In the Nimzo-Indian Rubenstein, there's a solid line for Black that begins thus: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Nf3 Ne4 7. O-O f5 Since I am Class A rated, I normally ...
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Which sites offer good tutorials for novices to improve?

Can anyone recommend sites that they have personally had experience with to be good for learning by novices? I play chess regularly, but I have never studied theory and while I am doing fairly well ...
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A resource that shows how many ways an opening can be reached?

Is there a resource (book/online) that shows how many ways an opening can be reached?
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What is the best way to free your queen as soon as possible?

We can open games in many ways (any of the pawns or knights) and then go ahead with different strategies. The queen being the most important piece, I would like to get it out in the field without ...
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What openings were former and current masters experts in? [closed]

In referencing the following article, it is stated that one way to efficiently learn new openings is to study masters that were experts at the particular opening you want to study. Part of the ...
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Approach to learning one opening and its variations?

When learning a new opening, do you learn the opening every time you encounter a new variation or do you try to learn them all at once? I read this article on chess.com about learning an opening in ...
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Blitz games relation to opening theory?

How do blitz games help with your opening theory? I thought they would not help because you might tend to make a lot of mistakes during blitz or is this the reason, to keep playing them over and over ...
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Early f3 in d4 openings?

Are these openings playable for white? I use the first move order to counter my friend's very well prepared Benoni, and manage to whoop him many times, but its only in blitz. I was wondering if early ...
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Is use of the gambit the main way for black to win?

I always used to hate playing as black. But recently, I have used gambits more, and I feel it's so powerful, e.g. the 1... d5 response to 1. e4. Most of us know that white has a statistical advantage (...
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Scotch gambit: 4… Qf6

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Qf6 This move 4... Qf6 defends both the d4 and f7 pawns; now if 5. Bg5 to drive it away, 5... Qg6 and the bishop becomes a liability, preventing White ...
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How to get opening analysis published and in ECO?

My friend and I have done substantial research on a number of various lines over the years, and now that we are not really active anymore we were hoping to publish some of the gems. Most of the ...
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What determines an opening continuation vs an opening varation?

Are these determined from historical play? For example, when the English was first played with 1. c4, why was the English in this case determined to just be 1. c4 and anything afterwards is ...
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A free chess opening database?

I'm looking for a chess opening database that is reasonably complete and computer-readable. It should be available either under a liberal free license (like, say, CC-BY, no GPL), or under reasonable ...
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How can I frequently practice openings that are more than 1 or 2 moves long?

For a while, anytime I got the chance to play the Scotch, I would as long as my opponent (being black) played the moves. If they did not follow the move order, I would just continue with something ...
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How should I defend against this sacrifice in the Two Knights Defense?

I often get to play this opening : [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. Nc3 Bg4 (5... Be7 6. Be3 Bg4) (4... Bc5 5. Nc3 d6 6. O-O Bg4) Sometimes there may be other moves or ...
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How should white continue after 5…Qf6 in the Scotch Game?

I have been playing the Scotch main line every chance I get. I have had a pretty good success rate with it, but I feel this is due to the my opponent not having a complete understanding of the Scotch....
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How bad is this reverse Trompowsky?

Chigorin played this opening five times in his match with Steinitz, 1889: [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 It looks like black is playing a Trompowsky attack. I never seen this line except in these ...
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How does White justify giving up the bishop in ECO C36 - King's gambit declined

What are the strategic benefits to compensate for the fact that White's giving up the bishop voluntarily and so early in the game in the below variation? What does White hope to get back out of the ...
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How do I obtain statistics on openings?

I'm looking for statistics on the probability of a given opening being used in a game, and by what percent its use is growing or declining over some set timeframe, for example, over the previous year. ...
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Can a set of moves be a transposition and a variation?

I am confused about the differences between a transposition and variation. I know that a transposition is when you start of with one opening and a set of moves after that leads to another opening and ...
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How to prepare for an opponent

How does one prepare for an opponent (OTB or Online)? Do you go through recent games? How far do you normally go back? Would certain factors about an opponent dictate how you prepare for them?
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What openings typify 21st century chess?

What openings are particularly typical of 21st century chess so far? To be more clear, which openings are particularly popular in the 21st century relative to the 20th century? For example, certain ...
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Did Indian systems really have fianchettos?

Wikipedia quotes: The Indian Defences by g6 coupled with d6, or b6 coupled with e6, were largely taught to European players by the example of Moheschunder and other Indians, to whom the ...
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What are some beginner opening variations after an opening has been chosen?

I have seen a ton of questions on how to choose an opening repertoire, but I haven't really seen anything on once you choose an opening, are there specific variations that one should start off with ...
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Prophylactic defenses

I'm a beginner and I haven't gotten into memorizing games. I don't like the idea of memorizing but now I think I have to learn a few to get to a higher level. Can someone give me a list of ...
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Practical study for a former player?

I played quite often in the mid 80's to mid 90's. My highest rating OTB was low 1300's (Edited, I had thought I reached 1415, but not according to USCF site-although that doesn't include my high ...
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What are openings which were once thought good, but are now shown to be inferior?

Are there any openings that were once often played, but are now known to be very bad moves?
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Can a single player's choice of opening dictate a more (or less) aggressive game?

Usually a player feels comfortable with few "positions" (unless he/she is a GM). That's why sometimes it's said that a player should choose and begin to study openings whose outcome results in a ...
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How should I play against the Grunfeld defense as white?

What is the best defense as white against the Grunfeld Defense? I have been playing the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit over and over again, I suspect some opponents notice this, and open up with 1... Nf6, so ...
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What openings are closed and defensive?

Which openings would be regarded as leading to a closed position and being defensive? Specifically, openings that would be drawish, even against stronger players, but there is still always a ...
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Has AI changed opening theory, and if so, how?

Pre-AI, it's hard to imagine that opening moves had changed much. Following the birth of computer engines, has AI changed opening theory, and if so, how?
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Fischer: 1. e4 “Best by test”

Fischer famously scribbled "best by test" on one of his score sheets after playing 1. e4. Yet when I look at chess.com's database of games, 1. d4 yields a larger win %age for while than does 1. e4. ...

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