Questions tagged [opening]

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

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With a pawn rush, should I take the knight?

I was just playing the computer, and it always starts with the knight on b1, moves out his other knight, and then plays his pawn. At this point, should I take his knight with my pawn, or do something ...
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To what extent is the openness/closedness of positions determined by white? By black?

Say I am playing as white and I strongly prefer closed positions while my opponent strongly prefers open positions. To what extent do I have control over this? Will the game more likely end with a ...
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What does black achieve with 1.d4 c6?

I have faced 1...c6 as a reply to my 1.d4 quite a few times recently, and this makes me wonder why people play this as oppose to 1...d5. In addition to playing the Slav with 2.c4, I have an option of ...
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What is the opening value of 1. e4 in 2020?

Bobby Fischer: e4 -- best by test. What is the current theory or trend in theory behind this statement? We have seen huge strides taken in chess AI in the past two years. How is this affecting ...
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Is the Reversed Sicilian / King's English 1. c4 e5 more of a positional and quiet opening or a wild and tactical opening?

The only thing that deters me from playing 1. c4 followed by a Kingside Fianchetto is 1...e5 the Reversed Sicilian (also called the King's English). I like quiet, positional, strategic and ...
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How to counter white's attempt to get a massive center in the Giucco Piano?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 When white plays 4. c3 and prepares to push d4 to get a massive center, how is it possible to prevent them from doing so, or at least put a lot of ...
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What are all the possible combinations of openings which work well together? (like the Slav+Caro-Kann combo)

One well known very good combo is the Caro-Kann + the Slav: The main objective of both of these openings is to develop the light-squared Bishop to f5 before it gets locked inside the Pawn chain. They ...
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What is the most effective openings to beat a 2200-2400 rated computer at chess?(With White and Black)

I have had good positions with the Hippopotamus opening with its Kings Indian structure(ranging up to +3 in evaluation) but in the end, the tactical superiority of the computer always gets in the way ...
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In the Dutch Defense, why does white play b3 and Ba3?

In the Stonewall Dutch Defense, why does white play b3 and Ba3? Should I try to avoid it, or does it not matter? [fen ""] 1. Nf3 e6 2. d4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Bd6 6. b3 O-O 7. c4 c6 8. Ba3
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Are there any moves that are more popular in databases of GM games but are objectively inferior?

Usually in a particular opening position, if move A is more popular (in GM games) than move B, then either move A is objectively better than move B, or move A is equally good as move B. Are there ...
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Why isn't 3.e4 more popular in the QGA?

According to the chess.com DB, 3.e4 is the third most popular reply in the Queen's Gambit Accepted - but why isn't it the most popular by a long shot? Isn't the entire point to remove black's central ...
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Does it make sense for White to play as “Black” when he's lost the initiative?

In this game, White appears to have lost the initiative against the Nimzo Indian defense as early as the fourth move, and certainly by the eighth move. If White's next four moves were 1) e3, 2) Nf3, ...
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How can a Stonewall Attack player respond to 1. … f5?

In Chess Psycholoyg: The Will to Win, William Stewart recommends playing the Stonewall Attack as white. This recommendation is one of a set of openings that are very similar and are therefore suitable ...
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Playing for a stalemate? [closed]

How difficult would it be to come into a match trying to get a stalemate? Is it also possible to repeat this? Could one raise their elo with the ability to just stalemate every game?
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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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Why 4… Nxb4 is not played in Evans gambit?

4... Nxb4 is never played on chesstempo database for +2200 players games, being Bxb4 the most popular move. I don't find any significant change after capturing the pawn with the knight unless after 5....
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Carlsen beat a high ranking GM with 1 Nh3. Conclusions?

In 2018, Magnus Carlsen played a rapid game on chess.com agaisnt Grandmaster Aleksey Dreev in which his opening move was 1. Nh3. [Title "Magnus Carlsen-Alexey Dreev, Pro Chess League, chess.com INT, ...
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How bad is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. a3?

Is this move clearly losing for white? Chessgames.com shows 1 win and 2 losses for white only, and I could not find any other reference for this move.
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Is there a reason for MC's second move?

In this game, Magnus Carlsen made an unusual poor first move Nh3. Presumably, it was to throw off his opponent, especially since the game was under fast time controls, so that is understandable. But I ...
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Ways to quickly beat beginners

Are there any common tactics or combinations used to beat complete beginners quickly (or gain large material advantages)? By "beginner" I mean someone who is good enough not to get caught out by ...
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Getting the most out of chess books

I have a bunch of chess books that have been given to me on my favorite openings. I usually try to do a few games from them after I play my daily games and go over how I could improve with a chess ...
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Central control disliked by engine in 1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.c4

Recently I played a chess game that started with the moves: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 a6 and then I played 3. c4 which according to Stockfish is inaccurate. [fen ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 a6 3. c4 What is the ...
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Book on Black openings

I recently finished Neil McDonald's "Starting Out: 1.e4!". Now I would like to learn some Black responses. Could someone recommend a book at similar level to Neil's, but focus on Black? I'm not sure ...
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What was the first “Opening Repertoire” book?

As title above states, what was/were the first "Opening Repertoire" book/s? I remember that opening books of the 1970s and early 1980s weren't actually repertoires for White or Black, but treatises on ...
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Can you recommend a closed opening for black against 1.e4?

What is a good opening system for black that leads to closed play against 1.e4? E.G. - against 1.d4 I like to play the Slav & am looking into the Czech Benoni. I am looking for something similar ...
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Can I get by without a book for learning my opening repertoire (aside from the Sicilian Najdorf and KID)?

My opening repertoire is currently consisting of: White: 1.e4 Open Sicilian (5.Bg5 versus Najdorf, Yugoslav Attack versus Dragon) Versus 1...e5, Scotch Gambit Versus 1...e6, Tarrasch Variation: ...
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How to play vs the 1…e6 and 2…d6 Pawn structure?

I've noticed that sometimes beginners play 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d6 as Black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d6 As strange as it may seem, I find it difficult to play vs this neglected defense. Is it better to ...
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Is a wasted tempo with an early …a6 or …h6 by Black in the opening really compromising?

Is a wasted tempo in the opening for Black with an early ...a6 or ...h6 really dangerous? For example, in the following opening: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 a6 (or 3...h6) Or in the following: ...
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Countering the Wayward Queen Attack

I'm a really new Chess player - I just started playing again after an over 10 year hiatus. I'm (sadly) in the 600s. I've been studying openings and I seem to do better in games where I can use the ...
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Why aren't 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bh6, and 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 considered by theory?

As the title above, why aren't 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bh6, and 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 (or eventually beginning with 1.d4) for Black not even considered by theory? Isn't the eventual early trade-off of White's strong ...
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Symmetrical opening

In Capablanca's "Chess Fundamentals" this symmetrical oppening is considerd. [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.O-O O-O 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 The author then claims that a long analysis shows ...
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How do you get to this trap position?

[FEN "rn1qkbnr/ppp1pppp/8/8/2B3b1/2N2N2/PPPP1PPP/R1BQK2R b KQkq - 0 1"] 1...Nf6 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Ne5+ Kg8 4.Nxg4 It's black to move. There is a trap: 1...Nf6 2.Bxf7+ Kxf7 3.Ne5+ Kg8 4.Nxg4 and white ...
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Are there any moves in the opening stage that are perfectly sound but not book moves?

In the opening stage, are there any moves that are perfectly sound but are not book moves? Here a book move, is defined in Wikipedia as follows: Opening moves that are considered standard (often ...
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Unusual Caro-Kann Variation

I'm looking for information about the unusual Caro-Kann variation that appears to be a sort of Pirc. I recently ran across this line and I'm struggling to understand why you would deviate from 2... d5....
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Are there any “underground” openings or gambits?

Playing a lot of blitz online, from time to time I meet quite strong players who regularly use very dubious lines that can have some shock or practical value in blitz or bullet chess, such as these, ...
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Is there any opening line which is downright catastrophic?

I have played 1.a4, h4, f4 in an engine and it gave me the opening line's name. I mean, how could it be considered a line as it, at least IMO, don't do anything that defines a good opening. (fight for ...
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What is the fastest way for a player to reach the stage where they are not opening with nonsense moves?

Assuming a player knows the rules, are there any free, one-player simulations that will rapidly teach a single player on their own how to move beyond opening with nonsense moves.
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Does using a less common opening make you a stronger player?

I want to ask about whether using and adopting a rarely used opening makes you a stronger player. I just started playing online chess (Lichess) a year ago, and as a beginner, I used to play the ...
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Why did Spassky play the King's Gambit?

If the King's Gambit is unsound, how could a world champion play it often?
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How to learn an opening

I'm a ~2100 Elo rated player at the moment, and lately I've been wondering about the best general way of learning openings, and eventually mastering them in some sense. Note that this question is not ...
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Pawns pushes in the center

There are some situations in chess where a pawn push in the center is the most played move, and also the one suggested by engines. However this is not done for winning material, but just for trading ...
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Advance of d4 in the Ruy Lopez

I was White in this position, and Black had just played f6. [FEN "r1bqkb1r/ppppn1pp/2n2p2/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1"] I played c3 to prepare a push of d4 and strike the center. ...
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Caro-Kann advance variation w/ 3. c5 dxc5

I like to play the Caro-Kann as black, and in response to the advance variation play 3... c5!? This works really well for me (~1800 USCF), but as I've gotten better I'm being forced to deal with the ...
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Can black play the London system?

After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3, Black usually plays Nf6 or e6 (which blocks his light-square bishop) and I wonder if it is possible for him to adopt the ideas from the London System and play Bf5 ...
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How does the move order 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 “rule out Philidor's Defence 2…d6”?

So I was reading "An Opening Repertoire for the Positional Player", by Gufeld and Kalinich, and found the title's assertion. And I just can't think why after "1. e4 e5 2. Nc3", d6 would be bad for ...
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Positional opening for Black

I have recently (two months ago) become very interested in chess, after playing it for about 10 years at a club, spending time on it only one evening per week. Previously, I did not think about my ...
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White openings for counter-attacking players

I would like to get suggestions of openings for white that suits a counter-attacking player. As black I really enjoy playing the alekhine and the modern. As white, lately, I started playing 1.g3, but ...
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What openings are good for the repertoire of a tactical player?

I'm preparing an opening repertoire for a small "open tournament" that will take place in a few weeks. I think I'm quite decent at tactical play, and I like situations that give me the initiative - ...
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Opening Moves: Pawn Chains and Countering Attacks

What is it called when your opponent opens with their pawns in a zigzag formation, leaving the front line defended by the back? (Pawn Chain) Also what is the best way to counter this move?
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What are some advantages/disadvantages of accepting/declining gambits?

Most of the time I see gambits are declined, but what are the advantages or disadvantages of accepting or declining gambits? I know this depends on the type of gambit, but I am looking for a more ...

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