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Is 9…Nxe5 recommended in this line of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann?

This question relates to the following possible continuation of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann: [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Bg6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 ...
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Questions about the beginning of this game

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.12.29"] [White "Leon_Likes_Chess"] [Black "SmojLee"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "1625"] [BlackElo "2310"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "14:...
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Morozevich variant in the Tarrasch french

I am confused with the Morozevich variant. I've seen quite a few funny games where they played ...g5, which gives very interesting moves, but I'm surprissed at not having seen any game in which white ...
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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 do I make my opening reportorie stronger, specifically my Grand Prix Attack against high level competition?

I saw the DVD Killer Grand Prix Attack from GM Gawain Jones. This helped a lot. However, I have some trouble with some concepts against 2 ...e6 lines. According to the DVD the second plan of the Grand ...
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What is the best opening that i should learn [closed]

What is the best opening that i should learn , And how much time should be spent on learning an opening?
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Is there any transposition available in between QGA and other openings?

I'm a chess player with ELO 1600. Now I'm trying to learn transpositions in chess. QGA is my favorite opening as white. But most of the time black chooses Queen's Gambit Declined. So now I'm trying to ...
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Software with support for Database with opening analysis

I'm looking for a software tool that will: Engine Support. For analysis suggestions. Support for software evaluation of the moves. I guess this is optional, although I've seen this feature in ...
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In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 prefered to 4.Nc3?

In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 preferred to 4.Nc3, as then White can transition into the four knights?
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What do advocates of the QGD exchange variation (from the white side) recommend against alternative move orders?

I've recently started to become interested in the exchange Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD) from the white side: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Thematically speaking it's very ...
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Why in Four Knights, Italian variation the winning percentage favours black after the move 4…Bc5?

I was searching C46 Four knights, Italian variation at 365chess.com and here is what I found: I am curious why 4...Bc5 gives black a slightly higher winning percentage. It seems to me that after 4......
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Is my representation of the Pirc Defense correct?

I tried to represents all the main lines of the Pirc Defense to play at a 2000 ELO level. Am I right with the following tree? What I mean by right is I wonder if I do not miss any popular line or ...
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Why play 7… Nxd5 instead of 7… exd5 in the QGD?

I'm currently following the rapid game Caruana-Nakamura in the London Chess Classic, and I have a basic question about the opening moves. Why play 7... Nxd5 instead of 7... exd5? Is the idea to trade ...
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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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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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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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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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Saving opening tabiyas in scid

When I use scid to study an opening I do the following: start new game play through the opening up to a position I am interested in search database for "current board" I am sure there must be a more ...
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What is covered in “Grunfeld Defense: Russian Variations” (1988) by Eric Schiller?

I'm interested in the Russian system of the grunfeld-defense: [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d54. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 I'd like to buy a book on this line alone (I'm not interested in ...
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In the Ruy Lopez, does White play on the queenside or King side?

I always play on the kingside, but I recently heard from Expert class that White plays on the queenside. I also seen another Expert class play on the queenside. If this is true, then why does White ...
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How to see average game length for specific chess opening (number of moves)?

How to see average game lenght for specific chess opening? Is there some chess database which allow me to see specific opening game length? For example: Sicilian defense (average length is: 80.5) ...
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The borg against d4?

Until recently, I played the London System, which served be well and was very solid, but every game I played was very similar and dull. However, I have now started playing "Grob's Attack" as white, ...
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Meaning of move stats in opening databases

I naively thought that if I picked the biggest winning move (for example using white) in the database and kept picking moves that white would always win, but at some point the advantage for white ...
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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

It's been about 10 years since I played tournament chess regularly. My last rating was 1586 USCF, but it had been as high as 1717. I recently decided to get back into playing chess, and am looking ...
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Exploiting wrong deviations from theory in chess openings

What are some good sources about exploiting wrong deviations from standard chess theory during the opening? That is, given the fact that the opponent steps out of the canonical openings, and is not ...
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Opening book for stockfish

I am looking for a relatively up to date opening book for stockfish5 chess engine. I do not need it to be created by a stockfish team (only to work together with stockfish). Up till now the only ...
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Open Sicilian Variation, newbie question

Im pretty new and i was analyzing the opening stages of one of my recent games. I was playing white and we started off 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 e6 [StartPly "6"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. ...
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What is the most agressive, tactical, attacking, line in this Mieses?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 There are two variations here. Nd2 and b3. Which fits best to the criteria?
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What's a good way to learn openings when coming back to chess as a former 1400-1600 player? [duplicate]

my question can be seen in the title. I used to play chess competitively in my teenager-years and would like to come back to it now. The important stuff is still in my head and I am not doing too bad ...
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Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5 Nbd7 line

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 1) Why 6... Nbd7 is not played by many players? Why they prefer 6... e6 only? I could not get the answer for this. Requesting ...
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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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How to learn openings in chess? [duplicate]

I am searching for some way to analyze openings in chess. I mean, I know there are lot of websites on the internet and videos which give information about the openings , but that information is not ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the benefits of playing 1. h3? [closed]

My friend plays this all the time as white. He cites the following two reasons: Gives white a chance to play like black (respond to an opening rather than create one) Defends against bg4 Can this ...
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Yes or no: should Ruy Lopez be played as black?

I'm currently learning the Ruy Lopez opening and typical defences. But every single example I've seen, it is played as white. Is there any reason why you cannot or shouldn't play Ruy Lopez as black, ...
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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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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's the most offensive opening for Black?

I'm black a lot and I really like being offensive, but turning it around on white can be really hard, so what's a good opening? Please don't say fools mate or scholar's mate etc.
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Stop pinned knight opening

How can I stop my knight getting pinned like this in an opening. I'd like to advance my knight and avoid the pin.
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starting with the sodium attack

Can someone suggest good to great developments starting with the Sodium Attack Na3? I am currently using this opening for my games, but I cannot find a really powerful strategic development with this ...
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Giuoco Piano to Kids

What to tell to a kid of 6 years about Giuoco Piano opening? Isn't it to calculative or aggressive for a beginner of 6 years?
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What's a good website to study recent grandmaster games?

I would like to study some opening theory on the Grand Prix Attack. What is a good website to study recent grandmaster games?
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Why white retreats the knight at the beginning of the game?

This is one variation from Bird's Opening: f4 e5 2. e4 exf4 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. h4 g4 [FEN "rnbqkbnr/ppp2p1p/3p4/8/3PPppP/5N2/PPP3P1/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 6"] The most popular move is Ng1 ...
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What to choose to play as black if you play King's Indian Attack as white?

I am around 1700 - 1800 player on chess.com, mainly playing 3+2 and 5+5 games and as white I always play KIA, but what I have noticed recently is that with white my score is much better that as black -...
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Most drawish and least drawish opening?

Based on statistics (drawing percentage), which opening is the most drawish and which one is the least drawish? I am aware of questions such as this one, but my question is different. Criteria: ...
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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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What are the most popular defences White should be prepared to fight against in the Ruy Lopez?

Could you put the move orders as well as briefly explain the idea of the defenses?