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Why is Black supposed to attack on the kingside in the King's Indian?

Why does the tag wiki for King's Indian say that most of Black's attacks focus on the kingside? I have found that most of my games result in play on the queenside due to my dark-squared bishop, and ...
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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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Exchange in the Scotch Four Knights

In the main line of the Scotch Four Knights [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 What's wrong with 7...Bxc3 ? It seems this move is played very rarely, but, ...
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How to decide when is a3/h3 needed?

a3/h3 are frequently used to prevent the bishops from pinning the knights. I always have a hard time deciding whether to play them or not. Playing them loses moves and tempo while not playing can ...
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What if White declines the Volga Gambit?

rnbq1rk1/p3ppbp/3p1np1/1ppP4/2P2B2/2N2N1P/PP2PPP1/R2QKB1R b KQ - 0 8 In the above position, Black gets a solid initiative and easy play on the weak White queenside pawns after 1.cxb5 (1. Nxb5? Ne4!). ...
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Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit

Is the Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit being played or it has become out of fashion? PS: I am a club player (FIDE ~1800) and occasionally use it to success.
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What's the best answer to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3?

As title above, What's the best answer to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3? Assuming that I, as Black, am a Nimzo-Indian Player, there is no hope for a Nimzo now. Would you go for 3...d5 (QGD with no ...
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What move is better in this position, Ke7 or g6?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5 And in this position what move for black is better, Ke7 or g6 ? I know that such position will never occur in game between good players because after Nxe5, fxe5 is ...
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Longest opening variation that you can memorize? [closed]

What is the longest opening line or variation, starting from the first move, that you memorized?
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How do I play the Colle System as white?

I started playing the Colle system as white about 3 months ago. I have played 9 league games with it and lost every one! The sequence of moves that cause me the most problems is 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 (...
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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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How does opening preparation work at GM level?

From what I can gather, one studies what the opponent has been playing, and prepare responses for their favourite lines. The problem is, there's no guarantee the opponent will play a given opening. ...
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Rearrange chess diagrams (from an opening) in order. Useful as a puzzle?

Here is an example https://chess-tst.000webhostapp.com/chess.html The task is to rearrange the diagrams in order (use drag&drop). Do you think this activity could be useful for exploring and ...
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What's the verdict with Qa5 in the Accelerated Dragon?

After [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 Does White have to castle here? If so, what is wrong with 8...Qb4?
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In the Schliemann defense, who does Schliemann refer to?

The Schliemann's Defence or Schliemann–Jaenisch Gambit refers to the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5. f5 is of course a gambit move by black typically known as the Jaenisch Gambit when white ...
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Accelerated Dragon, Modern Bc4 Variation (B35) 10.Ndb5!

After: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5 9.O-O d6 It appears 10.Ndb5 is difficult for Black to play against. I only found some games from 2008. ...
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Why, or how, can GMs make mistakes in opening books?

In the following position, McDonald states that 14. d4! is the move that gives a large advantage to White. r1bqr1k1/2p2pp1/pbn4p/1p1np3/P7/1BPP1N2/1P3PPP/R1BQRNK1 w - - 0 14 However, 14. axb5 wins ...
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White's Response to the Norwegian Defense

In the Norwegian Defense of the Ruy Lopez [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 Neil MacDonald suggests 6. O-O as a response. Why isn't 6. d4 suggested in the book? Edit: 6......
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Assessment of O'Kelly Sicilian side line

I have an opponent who is going into this as Black: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e5 6.Nf5 He usually follows with 6...Bxf5 and after 7.exf5 Nf6 I play 8.g4 with a sharp game. ...
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Opening as a Beginner: Mainlines or Offbeaten path?

I am approximately 1500 OTB (Lichess Classical 1750, chess.com 1540, internal rating in my club ~1500), and of course I would like to improve. Work and family are demanding, so naturally I would like ...
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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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Traps and tricks for White in the 4.Bf4 variation vs the Grunfeld

I read in a book (I no longer remember what book) that there are a few traps for White in the 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 variation vs the Grunfeld, and that the line is somehow popular among GMs, ...
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What is considered the current main line for Black against the Smith-Morra gambit?

I am referring to main lines where the pawn sacrifice is accepted.
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Sites which provide annotated openings (preferably interactive)

I'm looking for a site that provides well-annotated openings, giving at least the first 15-20 moves of major openings and allowing me to explore their main variations and lines (by clicking on the ...
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London System with Nc3 — what's the idea?

Recently top GMs are playing a London system type setup with Nc3 before c4. I can't imagine they are going for cheap tricks with Nb5, but I am not seeing a valid positional idea behind the move ...
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White's non-e4 opening, do they all need a solid understanding of 1.d4 first?

I'm talking about the two major alternatives apart from e4/d4, ie c4 and Nf3. It seems to me that a lot of the lines will transpose to a d4 type. Sometimes white plays d4 and transpose. Sometimes ...
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1. c4 vs c3 Sicilian

I am a chess player ranked at around 1400. As white I play 1. e4 and am confident playing against most responses except for the Sicilian. I don't want to go into the main lines so I am studying the c3 ...
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Why is f4 considered as bad in the opening?

I really like to play openings that contain f4 (f5 as black) for a number of reasons. It cannot be challenged with d pawn, which is initially protected by the queen. When the king knight is developed,...
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What is the state of the Panno variation of the King's Indian Defense Saemisch?

In the Saemisch King's Indian [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O It seems current (2017) literature and practice promotes Black's play 6...c5. What I am ...
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Why not Ng4 in Sicilian after Nf3?

After [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 (which is trendy at top level in 2017) I am wondering why Black doesn't play 7...Ng4. I only found a couple old ...
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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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Why develop knights before bishops?

So, I've found the general advice that you should develop your knights before your bishops. Reasons I think are: 1) The knights almost always go to the main squares (c3,c6,f3,f6) (or sometimes to d7 ...
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Why are opening books so popular?

As title above, why are opening books so popular? I am sure that most players know that middlegame and endgame books are ultimately much more important for improving one's chess strength. That is not ...
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Ruy Lopez 3…a6 & 6…Bc5 setup - a4 vs c3+d4 idea for White?

Here's the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 [StartPly "12"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 There are 2 main ...
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What are some ways to get better at Antichess?

I have recently found out about a new chess variant called antichess. I was wondering how to get better at it. Are there any opening moves or strategies in antichess that might help beginners in this ...
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4 player chess tips

I recently looked into chess.com's four player chess. Its fun but had little success until now. I usually try and play moves to open my diagonal pieces but centre queen rushes always bring trouble. I ...
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Looking for a repertoire book on the Spanish with 5.d3 (4.d3 vs the Berlin)?

Does anyone know of a good (or not so) repertoire book on the Spanish with 5.d3 vs the main line and 4.d3 vs the Berlin? Is there such a thing on the market? I've already got Andrew Martin's DVD The ...
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Is there any published research into the Mighty Thor gambit against the French Defense?

Are there any annotations on the obscure Mighty Thor Gambit? [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.a3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 (which is different from The Wing Gambit:) [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 At a ...
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What is a sharp line against the Lion?

What is a sharp line for White against the Philidor Lion: [FEN ""] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 with 4...e5 The majority of games seem to be slow positional battles where Black is quite solid. 4....
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What are good sources to learn the Torre Attack?

I am particularly interested in the Torre Attack against the King's Indian formation. What dvd or books, etc. are good, or is it best to dig up old games and Chess Informants?
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Out of theory pgns collection

Looking for pgn files that end in taking the most popular openings out of theory. Something like 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. a3 Where I can practice them in chessable.com
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How to use masks in scid for opening training [closed]

I've been trying to understand how the "mask" feature works in scid and how to use it for training opening lines. So far I did the following: open a database of master games in scid open the tree ...
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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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Chess Engine Opening book

I'm trying to evaluate the differences between Opening books. For example: Have Fritz 12 Book and Rybka Aquarium (CTG format). For many of the standard openings. I've tried with atleast main lines ...
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Opening classification and transpositions

Positions in an opening can often be reached in a variety of (meaningful) ways, i.e. by transpositions. When classifying chess games (e.g. in databases or books) by , are there rules or other ...
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Is there an easy way to find out the name of a variation?

I want to know the names of the variations in the Ruy Lopez Chigorin, for example: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 I ...
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Queens Gambit Accepted 3rd move Side Lines (White)

What are rationals/inherent preferences behind the following novelties performed by White? I'm open to those to either logically deduced them or explain the deviated lines through experience/practice ...
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In the Giuoco Piano, why is 4.0-0 currently so popular at top level?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 In recent years, the move 4.0-0 has taken over from 4.d3 almost entirely -- in my database of TWIC games, if I look at 2750+ games from the last year, I ...
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Website to practise thematic games [blitz]?

As stated in the title, are there any websites out there to play thematic games in Blitz (or quick time control) ? The idea is to practise a specific opening, starting from a precise position (arising ...
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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 ...