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The Petroff Defense is the chess opening characterized by the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6. Also known as the Russian Defense in many countries.

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Why is Bb8 better than Bc7 in this position?

[fen "r2q1rk1/pp3ppp/n1pb2b1/2Pp4/3Pn3/P2B1N2/1PQ2PPP/RNB1R1K1 b - - 0 12"] [Startply "20"] e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4 c6 9. Re1 ...
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Most people say that the best opening for beginners to improve is 1.e4 e5. But after 2.Nf3, what should we teach beginners to play: 2...Nf6 or 2..Nc6?

The players under consideration here, the so-called "beginners", are players who are below 1100 Elo, players who do not yet know what openings to play, players who do not know anything about ...
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Why is this position in the 3.d4 d5 Petroff equal?

I'm trying to learn some theory about the Petroff and was reading about the 3.d4 d5 sideline. Eventually, the position below is reached. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.exd5 exd4 5.Qxd4 ...
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How do you evaluate this position?

rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq - 0 1 [Date "2021.08.14"] [Result "0-1"] [UTCDate "2021.08.14"] [UTCTime "22:01:55"] [...
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Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?

rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [...
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What was Anand thinking in the 1994 Armageddon blitz semifinal?

In the famous Blitz semifinal armageddon in 1994, Anand spends 1:43 minutes (from his 5 minutes available) on move 4, and ends up winning the game. What exactly was he thinking? Are there any ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, is 2...Nf6 safer and easier to learn than Nc6?

I am an amateur player and do not have much time to study and memorise complicated opening lines. Am wondering after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, if 2...Nf6 is a safer and simpler option for black than 2...Nc6. My ...
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Stafford Gambit Accepted - Qe2 - What to do?

Today I have been playing some new lines I haven't tried before. I am quite fond of the Petrov (Russian) Defense and I found some interesting lines particularly the Stafford Gambit seemed to peak my ...
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How should white push for advantage in the Nimzowitsh attack of the Petrov's defense?

This line of the Petrov defense can often lead to opposite side castling and the general rule for that is attacks happening on both sides of the board. However, I noticed that it's very difficult to ...
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As Black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by White in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

I recently played a game as Black. My opponent and I transposed into, according to Lichess, the Russian Game, Damiano Variation, when White played 4. Qe2. I wasn’t sure how to reply, and I ended up ...
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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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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 is the idea of the Kaufmann Attack (5.c4) against the Petroff?

What is the idea of White playing 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. c4 ? Does he intend to get some good version of the main lines, while avoiding certain sidelines? It seems in fashion ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Could someone recommend books or online resources on those two openings for intermediate players (about 1800)? Since my opponents at this level are likely to go out of theory on move 4 or 5, I want ...
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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What's the best continuation for white here?

Here's what I do when someone tries to copy my moves: [Date "????.??.??"] [Result "*"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 ...
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Plans in the Petroff Defense

What are the typical middlegame planes for black/white in the Petroff defense, more specifically in the variations: Petroff three knights: 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3. Classical Variation: 1. e4 e5 2. ...
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What's with the Petrov?

The Petrov or Russian opening is seldom seen these days: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 Why? Is it fully refuted? Or merely uncomfortable for Black?
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Berlin Defence or Petroff? [closed]

Which one is the better drawing weapon? Which one is harder to beat? Which one is more solid? Which opening should black pick if he/she doesn't want to lose? If black needs a draw in the last ...
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