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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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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 …
asked Sep 19 '17 by user1583209
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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 guidelines which of these transpositions to pick? …
asked Oct 9 '17 by user1583209
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I recently started playing 1. e4. Since black has a big choice of replies, I would like to learn one opening at a time. If black plays something I haven't learned yet, I would like to resort to a …
asked Jan 12 '17 by user1583209
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opening preparation, steering towards positions where the opponent has to find a "computer move". Also in endgame studies it could be used for the same reason. …
asked Nov 26 '16 by user1583209
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What is the idea behind playing 6.a3 in the Sicilian Najdorf? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a3 This seems to be getting popular at the highest level (e.g. yesterda …
asked Jan 15 '17 by user1583209
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In the Sicilian Najdorf there is a well known line which ends in threefold repition (if both players want). [Event "NN"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation, English Attack …
asked Nov 17 '16 by user1583209
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In the Sicilian Najdorf poisoned pawn variation what is the difference between including the moves 7...h6 8 Bh4 (as many top players do) and not including them? [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. …
asked Apr 12 '17 by user1583209
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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 … window while playing through an opening line, right click with the mouse on a move in the "tree window" and select add to mask for all moves that interest me in the same "tree window" right click on a …
asked Oct 17 '17 by user1583209