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Which openings (black/white) should man play against a player, who is not good at endgame but a tactical beast?

I'am looking for openings with white and black against strong junior players, which are mostly tactical beasts but not good at endgame.
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Why is it necessary for black to defend e5 pawn after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3?

Why is it necessary for black to defend the e5 pawn after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3? What do you think of 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Nxe5 d6? Now white should move his knight to c4, d3 or f3 and black can develop ...
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How does White crumble Black's center?

Negi suggests 18.Kh1!N but it seems Black can continue to push his pawns. [FEN ""] [White ""] [Black ""] [Event ""] [Site ""] [Result "*"] [ECO "B33"] [Date "????.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 ...
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Theory: Things NOT to do in a concrete opening

My sources of opening theory are mostly focuses on things to do in it, and some ideas about why. What are good sources about things to avoid, and ideas that can't be developed in an opening?
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What are some good attacking games from the black side of the Queen's Gambit Declined (Exchange variation)?

I read both of the answers to this question, and although one answer hints that black can launch a kingside attack in the Exchange variation, it offers no games demonstrating such a kingside attack. ...
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What are the best repertoire books for White with the English Opening?

What are the best repertoire books, from White's point of view, with the English Opening?
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Slav - Theory Heavy Book

I have come to the realization that studying opening theory is far and away my favorite aspect of chess. That being said I am looking for a comprehensive theory heavy book on the Slav. I would like ...
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How does the “French Defense, Winawer Variation, Fingerslip Variation” get its name?

Why is this particular iteration of the "French Defense, Winawer Variation" called the "Fingerslip Variation"? [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ...
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What are the letters and numbers next to an opening's name on online services?

Here, it shows "C22": [Name of opening]. This is from an online service, and I was confused what this is. At first, I thought it was for the specific sites database, but I have seen the letters and ...
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Wrong lines of play to illuminate right lines

De Firmian's Modern Chess Openings is a good book. I like it. However, the book teaches right lines of play. It teaches few wrong lines. Should one not also study wrong lines—the blunders, the ...
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Four player chess (team): is there some opening theory written somewhere?

I am an active player on four player team chess on chess.com (my Elo is currently 2095). I am planning to write something about theory of opening of this chess variant. Question is, do you know if ...
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Feeling cramped in the Najdorf

I played this game recently at a tournament, and lost pretty decisively. I thought about it a bit, and I think it's representative of something that happens somewhat often in my games when I play the ...
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Sicilian Classical

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be2 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. f4 Bd7 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. e5 dxe5 12. fxe5 Nd7 13. Bd4 Qa5 14. Bd3 Bc5. Questions. 1) ...
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How bad is the English Opening Wing Gambit?

After 1.c4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 it seems White can continue in typical gambit fashion with a number of moves (3.a3, d4, ...) yet I have never seen a game with this gambit. Did anyone strong ever try this? ...
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Position from the Dutch Defence / Blackmar-Diemer gambit

In the Dutch Defence, the following gambit isn't very popular anymore. [FEN ""] 1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 dxe4 (3... fxe4 4. Qh5+) The same position can arise from the Blackmar-Diemer gambit if black ...
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Must I develop my bishop on next move?

I got to this position, while playing this game: https://lichess.org/dT3d9Dp4 Here I feel the need to develop my bishop. I thought of Bf4 but I feared g5, after which I will lose a tempo. Be3 always ...
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Traps in the Jobava Attack

Are there any known early tactical traps in the so-called Jobava Attack (1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bf4) for both sides? Leaving out the Barry Attack (early g6 by Black).
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Why is 5.c4 playable vs. Sicilian Kan, but hardly seen vs. Sicilian Taimanov?

Why is 5.c4 considered playable against the Sicilian Kan, i.e. after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4, but hardly seen against the Sicilian Taimanov? i.e. after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 ...
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Aggressive Attacking Lines for Black in the French Defence Exchange Variation

I have recently taken a liking to the French Defence as black because I enjoy the counter-attacking options that black has to undermine white's center in the Tarrasch, Advance, and 3. Nc3 variations. ...
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Is there a name for this attack against Sicilian defense?

Sometimes against Sicilian Najdorf (or french) defense I play like this: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf5 Bxf5 8. exf5 d5 9. Bg5 d4 10. Ne4 Be7 My plan ...
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Giuoco Piano, Steinitz Variation

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 d5 10. Ba3 Steinitz Variation. We play this in regular tournaments and it is very ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Alatortsev variation, is there a high quality resource covering this line?

I am working on my opening repertoire, and I need ways to dodge the Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined with Nge2. Many masters use the Alatortsev variation to do this. After the ...
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What is the main aim and object of the kings pawn opening? [closed]

I think that every opening has a particular aim and object. Can someone tell me the the aim and object of the kings pawn opening?
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What is the theoretical assessment of this 4 knights gambit?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 Nxe4!? Some games have followed 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 d4 7.Nb1 e4 8.Ng1 for example.
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Catalan opening - plans for white after exchanging on d5

From theory I've encountered on the Catalan, I've understood that when black goes b7-b6 before first playing c7-c6, a good plan for white is to capture on d5. WI've understood that the rational for ...
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Evaluation of this alternative to French exchange lines

I am a French Defense opening player from both sides. I don't like exchange line of the French Defense. They are drawish positions and my brain gets bored resulting in a positional or small mistake. ...
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White's reply against Reti advance (2…d4)

I enjoy playing 1.Nf3 as an interesting transposition device, and for other reasons, but after 1...d5 2. c4 don't find a proper answer to the advance variation, 2...d4: [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 ...
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Countering the Horowitz Defense

Since my last post I've successfully learned how to counter the wayward queen attack, and now I've run into an interesting opening that I don't immediately lose to, but I feel I can play against ...
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How to reply to an early c5 in the London System?

I've played the London System for about 3 months and am liking it alot, however I have run across several games where Black played a weird, but good, move early in the opening, c5. example: 1. d4 d5 ...
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Is this knight sacrifice a good idea?

I often play the following variation with black when I play blitz. Somehow it refuses the known lines of the Spanish. It looks like that black is going to be destroyed but almost always I win when I ...
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QGD :: should Black fiancheto his King's Bishop?

A common line in the orthodox line of the QGD goes something like this: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Here's the part that puzzles me. According to the database in 365chess Black's ...
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King's Indian move order

Isn't 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 (Old Indian Defense) a more flexible move-order than 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 (King's Indian Defense)? I don't see why any Black player who wants to play the King's Indian would ...
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Bishop's opening - avoiding positional lines as Black after 2…Nf6 3. d3

I'm currently experimenting 1...e5 against 1.e4 aiming at the Petrov but I sometimes encounter Bishop's opening 2. Fc4 to which I reply 2...Nf6. If White play 3. Nc3, I have some ideas, but if they ...
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When should I take on c4?

I always encounter such a position: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] [StartPly "11"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. h3 Nf6 4. e3 Be7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. c4 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. b4 b6 9. ...
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What openings should be played in a simul?

What openings are usually good for a simul? I'm assuming that it's an all-comers simul, so there could be strong players mixed in. Does the answer change if the strength of the opponents is known ...
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What is the longest variation analysed in opening theory? [closed]

There are many openings with long variations, more or less forced, in their body of theory which are recognized as playable by both sides : Marshall Attack and Schliemann Defense in the Ruy Lopez, ...
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Modern defense Benoni setup with Ne7

I saw a DVD with GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, where he recommended, when white avoids the Dzindzi-Indian by playing 3. e4, that black adopt a Benoni setup but with the important difference of playing ...
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What's the best approach to adopting 1.d4?

As a long time 1.e4 player and short time 1.c4 player, I'd like to add 1.d4 but there are so many defenses. I am considering the London system against things, while adding mainlines vs. all the ...
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Analysis of a chess position?

Is there a site I can go to or a software which I can use which will help me to analyse a chess position?
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Does this opening gambit have a name?

I have had some success with this gambit in blitz, does it have a name? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Ng5 h6 5. Nxf7 Kxf7 6. Bc4+ Ke8 7. Qh5+ Ke7 8. Qf7+ Kd6 9. Bf4+ Kc5 10. Qd5+ Kb6 11. ...
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Thoughts on the Robatsch (Modern) Defense?

I heard from IM Andrew Martin that if you are unsure what to play as Black, you should play the following moves no matter what White plays (not sure I agree with him saying no matter what White plays ...
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Is Bg5 a mistake or inaccuracy there?

[FEN ""] [STARTPLY "8"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nc6 4. c3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. Bb5 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bb3 a5 10. O-O b4 11. a3 bxc3 12. Nxc3 exd4 13. Nxd4 Ne5 14. Re1 h5 15. h3 d5 16. Nxd5 f5 ...
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Are there known opening gambit lines for black in the French defence?

I play the French defence with both colours (white and black) and generally play any of the orthodox main line openings (there are many eg Advance, Exchange, Classical,Tarrasch etc giving rise to many ...
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How does a GM calculate opening and how many moves in advance? [duplicate]

How does a GM make his opening repertoire and how does he calculate his moves in advance.Can he calculate 20 moves in advance base on his opening?
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Does Magnus Carlsen have any openings/opening variations named for him?

Does Magnus Carlsen have any openings/opening variations named for him? The last world champion I know of to have an opening variation named for him was Anatoly Karpov (e.g. Caro-Kann, Karpov ...
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Why don't I have more success with the King's Indian Attack?

My last opening of choice as White was the King's Indian Attack to avoid having to learn a lot of opening lines, it being a system opening. I've read Eric Schiller's and Ken Smith's books on the KIA. ...
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Petrov Defense, 8…Bg4 easy equality for Black?

When I analyze the 8...Bg4 Petrov it always seems like Black gets an easy equality. For example: Garry Kasparov - Patrick G. Wolff New York/London simultaneous 1984 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. ...
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Is there a good online opening training software?

There are a lot of websites to train your tactics, but I can't find any for opening repertoire. I am looking for something similar to 'Chess Position Trainer' but online, where I can import a pgn file ...
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What is Alpha Zero's Play Style? (Including its Openings and its Middlegame) [closed]

If you want to read about its opening strategy, it is down below the link. If you want to read about its middlegame strategy or basic play style, it is at the top I want to know how I can play more ...
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What chess openings require less study?

I am new to chess and I am very confused by all the opening choices. What openings can I adopt for tournament play that require minimal study time?