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Strategy according to the pawn structure in the Caro-Kann

I have long been playing the Caro-Kann but I have never been able to come up with a plan according to the pawn structure in the games. After playing d5 (and entering the Pawn exchange variation or ...
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Is the Danish Gambit viable for Class D tournament play?

I've been recently playing the Danish Gambit online in blitz. It started as a dare from one of my friends, but I've had ludicrous success with it due to common mistakes from my opponents. Also, I ...
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

If my opponent brings out his/her queen early in the game, I usually attack it with my own queen. The opponent can either accept the trade or reject it. If he/she accepts, I have no questions at all. ...
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Why is the Ruy Lopez a sensible opening for white?

As an amateur, I prefer the Scotch game as opposed to Ruy Lopez, since I feel that White loses tempo and Black seems to gain tempo with queenside counterplay in the main line. [title "Ruy Lopez"] [...
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Response to King's fianchetto opening

Currently I am facing some difficulties playing as black when my opponent plays 1.g3. In the midgame actually my position gets cramped. Is there some strong response to 1.g3? I actually want some ...
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Whose games should I collect for Benoni?

I have been adopting the Benoni opening against 1 d4 recently with some moderate success. I would like to know whose games should I look at to have a good understanding. I see that Tal, and to a ...
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

I have been adopting the Scotch opening recently with some moderate success. I would like to know whose games should I look at to have a good understanding. I see that Nakamura and Kasparov deploy ...
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Why did Carlsen play 7. dxc5 in Game 7 of the 2018 World Championship?

As a class A player, I have some understanding of opening principles. Relevant to the move played in the game, I know that it's advantageous to control the center, to have central pawns controlling ...
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What are the main plans for black and white in the main-line Slav after 5…Bf5 6.e3?

I'm thinking about adding the Slav defense to my opening repertoire. I'm looking at the following line, which I believe is the main line: [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 ...
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What next after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 for the White tactical player?

How should a tactical player as White play after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6? The openings I am looking at are: Ruy Lopez Italian game Scotch game Three Knights I am currently playing Scotch since it opens ...
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Online Resource for Opening Plans

I have been searching for a while for an online (preferably free) resource for opening plans. Up till now my study of openings has consisted of looking at popular lines and some master games. Is there ...
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Why don't we play different openings in chess?

Chess comes in many forms, both with respect to the clock and the board format. But why don't we have chess tournaments where we play different openings? That is, a certain list of openings is ...
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Knight's opening move

I generally play 1.Nf3 as white . I actually wonder whether there would be any major difference if I play 1.Na3 instead of 1.Nf3 . I am a novice player . An illustration will definitely help me in ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted Nc3 VS Nd2

Usually I play somewhere around move 5-Nc3 but I might start playing Nd2 more instead to get a different dynamic in the game. Is this advised? Does this have dire consequences in QGA?
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Opening Systems for White which enable long castling

In general as White, I prefer to long castle and then start attacking with kingside pawn storm. Everytime, I hope that my opponent lets me do it. For instance, when I play 1 d4 (or 1 c4) I hope my ...
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Tactics to counter Queen's Gambit

I am a novice player. I have seen many White players using the Queen's Gambit (1. d4, 2. c4) which actually dominates the center and inflicts humongous damage at the expense of only one white pawn. ...
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Is it better to move a pawn or knight first? [closed]

As stated in the title, I have always wondered whether it is better to move a pawn or knight first. Which one makes you generally more likely to win?
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Why is 5…Be7 played before …b5 in the main line of the Closed Ruy Lopez?

Here is what I've seen described as the main line of the Closed Ruy Lopez up to move 7: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 (5... b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 d6) 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 ...
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Move-order issue in the Grunfeld: …Nc6-a5 vs …Nc6-e7

My question relates to certain lines given by Avrukh (2018). [FEN "..."] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 e5 9. d5 Here 9...Ne7 is the most popular ...
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What should a chess beginner do with his/her knights after 2. Nf3 or 2. Nc3?

Let us suppose I am a chess beginner. I often lose my games. Well, it depends on the opponent but generally I can hardly win. My problem is I do not know what I should do with my knights. Usually ...
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Name of pawn struture in B42 Sicilian defense

I like positional games, and the Sicilian defence is very dynamic, however the B42 Sicilian defence is quite positional, but the pawn structure has some weaknesses. I would like to learn more about ...
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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bg5?

Please let me know the issue with 4.Bg5 in the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nf6. I have check the FICS Games Database - Opening Explorer and it seems it's not a popular move. But I cannot ...
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Is starting from sides a bad style?

I am just an average chess player around 1500+ ELO and have started experimenting to come up with a complete new style of my own. (it may have been used or discredited in the community) This involves ...
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Why play Nb5 in this line of the sicilian?

After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 why is 5. Nb5 the best move? The game usually continues 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 and it looks to me like whites knight on a3 is misplaced. What makes ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

In the following sequence of moves, what are the main ideas of the fashionable 6. Qf3 in the Scotch? Can White hope for a real advantage by letting Black trade Queens so early and worsening (at least ...
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Giuoco Piano / Two Knights Defense / Fried Liver Attack

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Qf3+ Ke6 8. Nc3 Ncb4 White can play 9. Qe4 (Old variation protecting c2 square from ... Nxc2+ forking King and Rook and ...
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What is the main idea of 7.Qf3 in the Sicilian Taimanov?

In the Sicilian Taimanov, after the opening moves [FEN ""] [StartPly "12"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qf3 has become popular recently. I find it still a bit strange ...
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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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How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4?

How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4? Assuming that we want to recapture, is it better to take the d4 Knight or the e5 Pawn?
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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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How big is the “opening book” of a typical tournament player

How many openings does a typical (national/international level) tournament player usually know and play? For instance: in a tournament, can I expect that a player will either open 1.d4 or 1.e4 ...
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Which chess app plays regular openings

I play chess regularly, about 1600 rated. Sometimes I want to play chess on my phone (Android). The chess app I use, Chess free, is strong enough. However, it does not play regular openings, so when I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why isn't Bird's Opening at least as popular as the Dutch Defence?

The Dutch Defence is a fairly popular response to 1. d4. So shouldn't 1. f4 (Bird's opening), viewed as a Dutch plus a tempo, be at least as popular?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 not 4.e3 Bxc3+ in the Nimzo-Indian?

Why is 4.e3 Bxc3+ almost never played in the Nimzo-Indian, with idea of 5.bxc3 c5, considering that this is a relatively feared move after 4.e3 c5 5.Nf3 Bxc3, et cetera (Huebner Variation), so that a ...