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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I find a good chess database? [closed]

What is the best chess database out there (quality vs. price). Do you recommend online or offline chess database. Any experience with chessbase, chessok, chesstempo or openingmaster?
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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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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 are the goals for white and black in the Caro Kann exchange variation?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 Bg4 7. Qb3 Qd7 8. Nd2 e6 From this position what is black/white in broad terms attempting to do. What are some clear goals?
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Strange pawn double move in McDonnell attack

I was going through a Chessable opening line, and it recommends black to play 6...d5, moving the d pawn immediately after it was just moved in 5...d6 6.Nc3. What is the reason behind moving the same ...
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What is the theory behind Bishop's Opening, Philidor Counter-Attack?

What is the theory for this opening for black? [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 c6 I've started playing the Bishop's Opening because it is something ...
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Why has the Petroff Defence become more popular?

In the last few years, the Petroff defense had almost disappeared from the super-grandmaster scene with Top players preferring to play the Berlin. However, in this year itself, the Petroff has seen ...
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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?
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Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4?

Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than they open with the English 1.c4? STATISTICS According to 365chess.com, 1.d4 is five times as common. Moreover, even if one admits Réti's 1.Nf3 as an ...
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What is the long-term idea of the Ruy-Lopez opening?

I have studied the London opening system on lichess.org. What really clicked with me are the systems two main ideas: (1) develop a defensive structure which (2) allows you to crash black's kingside ...
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Main Ideas behind Spanish Game, Cozio Defense

I've been practicing the Spanish Game so I can have better tournament results with it, Spanish Game 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 Spanish Game, Cozio Defense and I asked my friend to play the Cozio defense, ...
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How to handle Black's Bc5 in Bird's Leningrad?

I want to learn and play the Bird's Opening, Reverse Leningrad Variation, as White. I'm having a hard time with some aspects of this opening which keep coming up. I want to avoid a Stonewall-like ...
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Is there any more purpose to various openings than to get a positional advantage?

I have a grasp on tactics at this point, but when it comes to openings, I am lost. I follow the principles of developing my pieces toward the center with an eye towards castling. Beyond this, I don't ...
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Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Accepted, Scheveningen Formation, 7.O-O

[fen "r1bqk1nr/pp2bppp/2npp3/8/2B1P3/2N1BN2/PP3PPP/R2Q1RK1 b kq - 3 8"] What could be the best possible response to 8. Be3 for black? Would it be pushing the e pawn by a square, or developing the ...
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What is the best line of the Colle to play against KID set up by Black? [duplicate]

Playing the Colle, if Black plays g6 and then Bg7 what is the best line for White?
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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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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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On the Mason Attack

What are the main points, tactical or otherwise, backing up the Mason Attack? I got the idea reading about the London System, but the Lichess engine calls it "Mason Attack". It starts out as follows: ...
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Encyclopaedia of chess openings in machine readable form

I am building an app that allows the user to track openings in visual form. They will make moves on the board and the name of the opening and common next moves will be displayed. Now I need some data ...
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What are the differences that a beginner should be aware of between opening with 1.e4 or 1.d4? [closed]

I am preparing for a tournament, so which opening should I use or prepare? How can I become strong in a specific opening line?
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alpha-beta algorithm returns a value between alpha and beta inclusive?

I am coding up a chess engine and using the alpha-beta algorithm for tree scanning. I ended up doing what they posted here: int alphabeta(int depth, int alpha, int beta) { move bestmove; if (...
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Availability of AlphaZero and A. Grischuk's idea in the Anti-Moscow Gambit vs L. Ding

I was watching some Fide Candidates post play conference and Grischuk mentioned that a certain move was suggested by AlphaZero. So I was googling a little and have a stupid question. Where is ...
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Where can I find learning material on how to play the Alekhine-Chatard Gambit Declined?

I'm looking for materials on how to play the Alekhine-Chatard Gambit Declined. Which books and references are available for this variation? I'm looking for possible good moves to play for when this ...
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Understanding the Tarrasch defence to the Queen's gambit

I do not understand the diagrammed position. Do you? [fen ""] [title "A. Grischuk vs. V. Kramnik, FIDE Candidates 2018"] [startply "8"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. e3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 a6 7....
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Which opening will develop both bishops like the following diagrams?

I'm looking for a chess opening that would result in something similar to the following end-positionings: A nice open diagonal for the bishops. or maybe the other way: Also, what are the strengths ...
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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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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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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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How to avoid the French in the Alekhine, Scandinavian Variation?

After 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e5 Ne4 4. Nce2 Nc5, black intends to undermine White's center with ...Ncd7 and ...c5. The e5-e6 pawn sac is not available at the moment. What is a good way to keep the ...
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The Giuoco Piano after 4.c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. e5

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. e5 I've faced ...
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List of how AlphaZero evaluates openings

In his process of learning Chess and getting stronger and stronger each second AlphaZero learned openings. Some were played often at the beginning, but lost in AlphaZero's popularity over the time (e....
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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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Sacrifice a pawn to reorder the pieces

Consider a chess variant which plays exactly (*) as chess except that the players have a special option for first move. White can, instead of moving a pawn/knight as its first move, sacrifice any of ...
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Examples of harmony?

Recently my chess tutor used a word which in hindsight is very interesting: harmony. He mentioned I should not just develop my pieces in the opening, but develop them harmoniously. Since then, I've ...
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How to play against somebody using the book [closed]

I’ve not been playing chess that long, but I do not understand why chess.com and lichess have this thing called the book. This allows people to cheat in my ‘book”. I used it for a while on lichess ...
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Openings Recommendations to Study for Unrated Tournament [closed]

In little over a month I am planning on playing an unrated tournament. Since it is unrated I am assuming the skill level could possibly be from novice to strong. Due to the entry fee being very low ...
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When to (and when not to) play Bxc6 (i.e. BxN) as White in Ruy Lopez?

Inspired by this question: when should one play Bxc6, capturing the Knight, in Ruy Lopez? Related, but hopefully not a duplicate: this question, but it focusses on why Bxc6 isn't a popular move, ...
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What are some good plans for Black in this position?

rnbqk2r/ppp1ppb1/3p1npp/8/2PPP3/2N5/PP1B1PPP/R2QKBNR b KQkq - 1 6 Normally, White plays (after 0... h6) 1. Be3 Ng4 2. Bc1, when Black has gained tempi but weakened his kingside. Suppose White plays ...
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What is the best reply to Qe5+/Qe6+ in Scandinavian?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qe5+ ( 3... Qe6+ ) What is the best reply to this ? I know that it isn't very good move for black, but I met it few times. I thought that Be2 is the best because ...
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A question about piece development

As opening principles say, you shouldn't push too many pawns in the opening. Instead, you should concentrate more on piece development. However, I have good example where it worked the other way ...
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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 ...