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

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How should I play against the Philidor defense?

As white, I often encounter the Philidor Defense by black: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 I usually play Nc3 or d4 on the next move, but is this the best move? What are some lines (advantages or ...
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What strategies should I be thinking about at the beginning of the game?

In the middle and the end of a chess game, there are visible consequences to almost every move you can make, there are more constraints limiting what is logical to move, and it is fairly ...
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Understanding Kh1 and Be3 in the King's Indian Defense Bayonet Attack

In this position (diagram), there have been two games where White played 14.Kh1 followed by 15.Be3, then Qe1 and Bf2. What is the idea behind 14.Kh1 and the other kingside moves when Black is not ...
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How to play king's indian attack aggressively?

The King's Indian attack is my choice of opening. I choose this because more often I would prefer games where the actual clash between the sides is delayed (rather than outright in the opening). My ...
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Where are the opening trends heading at the start of the decade?

Nearly every era has its opening trends like at the beginning of the millennia the Berlin started to become the trend and so much that e4 was starting to be avoided. With the 2018 world chess ...
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Popularity of the Scotch Game

I was looking back at a game played between Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen at the 2017 London Chess Classics in which Hikaru employed the Scotch game and played very creatively getting a winning ...
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How should white push for advantage in the Nimzowitsh attack of the Petrov's defense?

This line of the Petrov defense can often lead to opposite side castling and the general rule for that is attacks happening on both sides of the board. However, I noticed that it's very difficult to ...
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In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 prefered to 4.Nc3?

In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 preferred to 4.Nc3, as then White can transition into the four knights?
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Starting with the Sodium Attack

Can someone suggest good to great developments starting with the Sodium Attack Na3? I am currently using this opening for my games, but I cannot find a really powerful strategic development with this ...
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Why is King's Gambit said to be refuted?

We all known that Bobby Fischer has published the famous "A Bust to The King's Gambit", where the gambit is said to be losing for white. Why is it so? Is there any line that can secure black an ...
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What are some good defenses against the king's gambit?

The king's gambit has a lot of initiative and attack. Is there a good defense to neutralize this initiative?
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Why is the King's Gambit not played often?

I have observed that the King's Gambit is usually not played at international level. Is there any specific reason for this?
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King's Gambit Variation

(C32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer, 5.de) 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 ... Instead I made the move 3. fxe5 What can this variation can be named as? [Fen ""] [Event "Let's Play!"] [Site " Chess....
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King's Gambit - Falkbeer Countergambit

I like to play blitz games online (mostly 3, occasionally 5 minutes per player). When I play those, it is usually for enjoyment and getting into wild games - romantic chess, if you will. This ...
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Why don't we see more Kings Indian Defenses in top level chess?

One of the most interesting openings, in my opinion, is the Kings Indian Defense (KID). 2-4 decades ago it used to be very popular at the top level with Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov using it ...
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Is there a horizontally mirrored London System, and what is it called?

London System is an opening for white, that goes d4, Bf4, e3, Nf3, Nd2, c3. The move order generally doesn't matter too much and there are lots of ways to transpose into this. However, what I want to ...
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Can you recommend a dynamic, concrete, or easy-to-play line against the London System?

I hate playing against the London because it allows 800 FIDE rated players to survive for 50+ moves. By the way, I play the Grunfeld against d4, the Sicilian Najdorf against e4, and the triangle ...
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Are there decided recent games with 1. b4 at top level?

I would like to have a survey of the decided games with 1.b4 since 2010, where both players had at least 2600 Elo. chessgames.com allows to search games with given moves (with tight limits), but ...
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Mosquito Gambit?

[FEN ""] [startply "5"] 1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Qh4 3. Nf3 I reached this position after following the line for the Englund Gambit. Lichess says that this is known as the Mosquito Gambit. Is it a joke ...
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Top players strongly in favor of 1.e4

Which are some top players known to be strongly in favor of 1.e4 in the opening? In this respect I find interesting a comment by Fischer on Alekhine: "there is nothing light or breezy in his style". ...
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Switching from 1.e4 to 1.d4?

I've only played 1.e4 as white so far (in clubs, tournaments, online, everywhere!), in the past 5 years since I learned chess. And it has been very fun, but I want to explore the dark side as well, as ...
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Should I just avoid playing 1. e4? [closed]

I can play 1. e4 as long as my opponent does not play 1... c5. However, I have recently been succeeding in playing 1. d4 despite knowing little to no theory. The only exception is that I am booked ...
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Can White play e4 followed by f3?

We know that 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 is a disaster for Black (Damiano Opening). But White has an extra move. Can he therefore play 1. e4 e5 2. f3 ? If Black replies 2... Nf6, White has 3. Ne2 (followed ...
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Is it ethical to refer to opening book for the first few moves of a correspondence game? [duplicate]

I am still learning chess (been playing ~6 months steadily now and am at ~1300) and have recently been enjoying correspondence chess with a 3 day time control. I find it gives me time to really ...
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In the Pirc, bringing a dragon pawn structure fails

[FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. dxc5 Qa5 6. cxd6 Above you can see the first moves of a Pirc Defense game. To study this opening, I learn with the book "Pirc Alert!" by Lev Alburt ...
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Are there any gambits involving sacrificing a piece?

My impression of the word "gambit" is the sacrifice of a pawn or several pawns at the opening stage of a chess game. However, based on the definition on Wikipedia, a gambit (from ancient Italian ...
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Why does 4.dxc5 work well for white in the Advance variation of Caro-Kann?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4. dxc5 I don't want to play 3...bf5 instead, but this 4.dxc5 line in the Advance Variation gives me so much trouble, whether they go with 5.Be3, 5.a3 or 5.Nf3. What'...
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Why is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6 so unpopular?

Why is the Sicilian line with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6 almost never played at any level, nor considered in books and similar? It seems logical to me, and after the usual 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bb7, the Bishop is ...
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Why, or how, can GMs make mistakes in opening books?

In the following position, McDonald states that 14. d4! is the move that gives a large advantage to White. r1bqr1k1/2p2pp1/pbn4p/1p1np3/P7/1BPP1N2/1P3PPP/R1BQRNK1 w - - 0 14 However, 14. axb5 wins ...
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Doubt on how move as black after pawn in e5

I am still at the beginning in playing chess, and I often encounter the following situation. Consider this sequence of moves: [FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. e5 Presuming that I am the black player, how do ...
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On 1.e4, Fischer and opening theory

2 dumb/challenging conventional wisdom questions: Why would anyone play 1.e4? How is Fischer's saying that 1.e4 is best by test consistent with his saying that 'chess is dead'? (Quotes below) On ...
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In ChessBase 12, when viewing an Opening Tree, why do all the games always stop near move 26?

I have ChessBase 12 64Bit. To create an Opening Tree I do the following steps: I click on "Mega Database 2014". I filter all the 5.8 millions games like I want (for example, taking only the games ...
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What is the 'combustion point' of a game? This was in an upvoted answer

Saw an answer and it had been upvoted. Person answering had a large rep on stack. The term used that was not explained is: 'Combustion Point' (of a game) My question is just what does 'combustion ...
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In the opening stage, can we determine that one move is better than another by looking at winning percentage?

After 1.c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6, thousands of games have been played with the following two moves of white: 3.g3 and 3.e4. It seems that the winning percentage suggested that 3.e4 is clearly better than 3....
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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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Difference between 7. Qc2 vs 7. Qa4 in the Catalan

This is a position from the main tabia of Catalan Opening: [FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1bppp/4pn2/8/2pP4/5NP1/PP2PPBP/RNBQ1RK1 w - - 0 7"] [StartPly "12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6....
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How to decide what openings to stick with?

I've come to the conclusion that I'm at the point where it would be better for me to stick with a handful of openings I can know well as oppose to how I would normally just play quite a large range of ...
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How do I make the right move after an opening? [duplicate]

I'm slowly getting better at my chess skills. The one thing that bugs me the most right now is knowing which piece to move after many of my pieces have been developed and the king has been castled. ...
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Opening book series with “complete” explanations

I am looking for opening books, preferably a series that explain different openings, where the opening is explained with a complete view: strategic plans for main variants, main tactical ideas, usual ...
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About how to respond to this atypical black defense in the Ruy Lopez

I've recently begun studying openings, and I've been practicing the Ruy Lopez. I played a game that began as follows. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d5 4. O-O dxe4 5. Nxe5 Qd5 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. ...
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White's c5 in Semi-Slav (or Slav) Defense

Lately, I've been experimenting as white with pushing the c pawn in the Semi-Slav Defence, but mostly in blitz games, so I would be very thankful if some of you could analyze a bit and point out if ...
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White's Response to the Norwegian Defense

In the Norwegian Defense of the Ruy Lopez [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. O-O (6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 c5? 8. Bd5!) Neil MacDonald suggests 6. O-O as a response. Why isn't ...
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Open Ruy Lopez for Black

Why there are no good videos on Open Ruy Lopez for Black? Is the variation too bad for Black? There are lots of videos from the White side, but I did not find any good videos from the black side; why ...
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Can anyone tell me name of this opening where knight is sacrificed?

Is there any way to take knight and save rook at same time? Please do tell name, so I can search on YouTube. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 3. Nxe5 fxe5 4. Qh5+
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Morphy Defence in Ruy Lopez

I don't get the point of Morphy's Defence in the Ruy Lopez opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 If White's purpose was to exchange Bishop for Knight and take the e5 pawn after it loses ...
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How to use a Polyglot book in C# with a chess engine

I would like, if possible, for someone to provide a code snippet of a basic logic to access a Polyglot book file. I'm having trouble finding the file format documentation, so I don't know how to ...
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The Sicilian Defense Kalashnikov Variation: Why shouldn’t white play 5.Nxc6 here?

I get a lot of weaker players, who opt out of main lines, and they play 5.Nxc6?! against me. It has seemed to happen a lot lately. Why is that bad, and why shouldn’t white play that? Note: This is ...
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How to deal with the pinned knight on f3 in the Ruy Lopez (as white)?

I find myself in positions like this a lot when playing the Ruy Lopez: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bg4 If I try to kick the bishop out with 5. h3, they back up to h5 and I'm in ...
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What to do when your opponent doesn't play along in the opening?

I looked around and could not find an answer for this. I've studied a pretty good amount of opening theory and so I know the "correct" moves for some basic lines. Most e4 openings and a fair amount ...
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Move orders in the 6.Qc2 Anti-Meran Semi-Slav

After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 White can play the so-called Shabalov-Shirov Gambit‎ with 7.g4!? on the grounds that 7...Nxg4 allows 8.Rg1 and the important g7 Pawn is ...

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