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Why is 1. Nf3 not nearly as popular as 1.e4 and 1.d4?

The opening move 1. Nf3 is considered as a perfectly sound opening and it is popular, but not nearly as popular as 1.e4 and 1.d4. Here are my thoughts about this: In most openings, white will make ...
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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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Fianchetto bishop vs. normal bishop?

I have found the following disadvantages of the fianchetto bishop: 1) The diagonal it controls is often blocked by the knight in its natural square. 2) The diagonal it controls is often blocked by ...
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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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How to play against the Polish opening?

1. b4 It seems like that black can some how equalize. Despite this, I somehow get tricked and lose my games against this opening.
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Have engines refuted any established openings?

Before engines were introduced to chess in late 20th centry, there were many established openings that were played by the top players at that time. I am wondering if any of those openings were refuted ...
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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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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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Why are the golden rules in chess openings true?

I was reading this Dutch article on chess openings, which basically states the following about openings: Don't play the edge pawns Don't move your knight to an edge Don't use one piece too often Don'...
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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 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's the best strategy against the Hippo?

What's the best strategy against the so-called Hippopotamus opening or defense, in which White or Black pushes almost all of her pawns on the 3rd or 6th rank, except perhaps the a and h pawns, and ...
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Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black?

I am new to the French (so forgive me if the question seems elementary). I've just come across the pawn break ...f6 for black in the French advance variation, and I find the pawn break quite dubious ...
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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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Should I play the Cozio defense deferred?

The Cozio defense to the Ruy Lopez: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O The Cozio defense deferred: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 The deferred variation speaks ...
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Can Black successfully finish this opening?

I am trying to revive an old line in the Scandinavian defense. Among the many lines I am analyzing, there is one position that looks promising. I will leave out the lines / opening moves, to keep ...
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Why not 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5?

Why isn't 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 a good move? It gains space in the center. As beginners we are told that after 1.d4, 1...d5 directly opposes White's ambitions in the center, stopping d4-d5 (similarly, in some ...
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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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Why is the “Queens Gambit” referred to as a gambit?

If White will just get a pawn back at no cost, why is the Queens Gambit a Gambit? Is it for historical reasons or something else?
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Strategic and tactical ideas for White in this KIA game

What are the good strategic and tactical plans for White in this position? rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Be7 7. O-O ...
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What are some main lines of the Horwitz Defense (d4 e6) besides the French?

I'm not the most experienced player by a long shot and appear to be below average, but I know how to play the French Defense quite well and I tried e6 in response to d4 a few times because I don't ...
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How to know how good an opening/defense scores?

I play Philidor defense, Lolli attack, Fried Liver attack... Other people choose to play well known openings/defenses, so i decided to ask the following questions. Everyone learns the Najdorf defense ...
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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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What are the best scoring openings in chess 960

I don't play chess 960, or Fischer's chess. I've seen a lecture or two about it, but I was never interested. Last week I was a bit bored so I decided to participate in a chess tournament on chess.com....
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How do opening books in engine chess work?

I thought opening books were just big compilations of opening moves that engines have access to, and they choose at random which move to play from the list of moves that the opening book says is good. ...
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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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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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Queen's Gambit Accepted with black trying to defend the c file pawn with 4. … Bd7

In the following opening: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 There is a well-known trap if Black tries to defend the c file pawn with: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 c6 ...
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Which opening is most defensive as black?

I am relatively a new chess player and been improving my strength in the opening for a while and would like to know which opening is the most defensive. 1.e5 seems a little too aggressive.
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How are the ECO codes for chess openings assigned?

As an example, I will use the Ruy Lopez. C60 is defined as 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 as well as host of other Ruy Lopez variations. C60 is also the Ruy Lopez - Cozio Defence, Paulsen Variation which ...
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Najdorf threefold repition

In the Sicilian Najdorf there is a well known line which ends in threefold repition (if both players want). [Event "NN"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation, English Attack, ...
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What is the main idea of the Morozevich variation in the French vs. the Tarrasch?

What is the main idea of the Morozevich variation in the French vs. the Tarrasch variation? 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 In other words, how can Black benefit from the slightly unusual development ...
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Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

[Title "White to move"] [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 I've tried just taking the pawn at c4, but he takes my pawn at d4 and after exchanging some pieces I end with a broken pawn structure while ...
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What is the worst possible first move for White: 1.f3 or 1.g4?

After making my engines evaluate the starting position for more than 10 hours each, here is what I got: . Fritz 12: Depth = 25/65 Time = 10 hours and 30 minutes 1.f3 : -0.90 1.g4 : -0.77 1.Nh3 : ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Why 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 rather than 2..Bf5?

Why has it become standard to decline the queen's gambit as below: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 which blocks the bishop, rather than: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 ? By analogy to the king's gambit: [...
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Why different openings are used by computer players?

If few best computer players would be playing against themselves, chances of white winning would depend on the opening used. That way after simulating thousands of games the best opening would be ...
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What are the main ideas for White in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, 3.e4 variation?

What are the main ideas for White after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4? [FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4
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Why does the Hyper Accelerated Dragon avoid the Rossolimo?

After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 Why is the Rossolimo line impossible for white? [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6
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What is this opening trap called, and how should I play afterwards? How can I refute the gambit, and play if I accept it?

I played a short and funky game as Black on Lichess not too long ago, in which I fell victim to a gambit trap that caught me totally off guard. Due to the mental blow that I received, I didn't play ...
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Books for chess traps

I have seen (and studied) some books on opening theory. They basically deal with chess openings and various lines in which those openings can transform into. But I haven't found a book which ...
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Chess Olympiad statistics

I have watched some matches played in the chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The majority of the games I watched, one player played the English opening, and usually he won, I haven't seen any French opening ...
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Does ECO openings classification have an established more detailed specification - by sub indexes?

For example an ECO index B33 can be used to describe opening theory that barely fits into a thick book. Is there an established system to classify variations further? I have seen examples of indexes ...
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Advice on how to draw with White

I read opening books a lot and they are always focused on finding a way to draw for Black and finding a way for White to play for a win. This makes me wonder why people are not writing opening books ...
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What happened to the Giuoco Pianissimo?

Throughout a fairly long chess career, I have always regarded 4.d3 after 1.e4 e5, 2.Nf3 Nc6, 3.Bc4 Bc5 as a good beginner's move but not threatening, and I have felt sure that most strong players ...
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Best opening in blind simultaneous chess

I am interested in blind simultaneous chess, where one person plays (blind) vs multiple (non-blind) opponents. What would be the best openings for either side? I would assume anything slow would be ...
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Middlegame plans

It is said that today openings are connected to middlegame plans and even with potential endings. But I can't find those middlegame plans, except for some occasional comments in opening books. In fact ...
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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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ECO A03 Bird's opening Dutch Variation for analysis

Here is fen diagram of end game, [fen "3Qk2r/B1p2pp1/p7/4P2p/P4P2/2P4q/2r4P/R2R2K1 w k - 0 1"] I tried few games with Bird's opening today. Chess.com says Bird's Opening Dutch Variation in fact ...