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This is identical to the position that occurs after the move order 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 d5. The central push d5 is common in many openings, for instance the Grunfeld, but here the timing is bad. The posit …
answered May 4 '16 by Dag Oskar Madsen
GM Hector once opened with 1. h4 and (with a bit of luck) won the game: [FEN ""] [Event "Dinard open"] [Date "1986.??.??"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Jonny Hector"] [Black "Paul Boersma"] 1. h4 Nf6 2. d …
answered Sep 11 '17 by Dag Oskar Madsen
The Maroczy System is covered from white's point of view in Opening for White according to Kramnik, Vol 3 (2001) by Khalifman. This book contains around 70 pages about the Maroczy. In the new edition …
answered Aug 15 '14 by Dag Oskar Madsen
There are many respectable opening lines where the king stays in the center. A popular opening at the highest level is the Berlin Defense: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 …
answered Aug 8 '14 by Dag Oskar Madsen
In the Rossolimo proper, [FEN ""] [Title "Rossolimo variation"] [Startply "5"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 white usually holds back pawn to d4 and doubles black pawns with Bxc6, or later builds …
answered Oct 24 '15 by Dag Oskar Madsen
It's difficult to give a general answer why one opening is more popular than another. I can try to give some reasons in the specific case of Berlin vs Petrov that prompted your question. In the … very much in control. White may have prepared a dangerous novelty to use at a later stage in the opening, and black has to react over the board. There is almost no upside for black as white can play …
answered Sep 14 '13 by Dag Oskar Madsen
Since your opponent is most likely to castle short, you have to choose lines where long castling (for you) is reasonable. With white I would suggest 1. e4, and against 1... e5 the Center Game 1. e4 e …
answered May 2 '15 by Dag Oskar Madsen
One reason the set-up with Re1 is less popular could be that it loses a pawn in a certain quite common variation: [FEN ""] [Title "KIA with Re1"] [Startply "15"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. O-O …
answered Mar 17 '17 by Dag Oskar Madsen
In the Blackburne Shilling Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4, [StartPly "6"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nd4 4. Nxd4 (4. O-O) (4. Nxe5 Qg5!) black gambits the e5-pawn, but white g …
answered Sep 25 '16 by Dag Oskar Madsen
If you read Danish there's Bent Larsen's Solide åbninger (Solid openings) from 1980. It is a repertoire book for beginners (white and black) and suggests the line you inquire about as the defense a …
answered May 16 '15 by Dag Oskar Madsen
Two other sources: Dangerous Weapons: 1 e4 e5 (2008) by Emms, Flear and Greet has a chapter on the variation with 8. fxg7. Beating the Open Games (2007) by Marin also has a chapter on the Max Lange …
answered Sep 4 '17 by Dag Oskar Madsen
There is a more subtle issue here. Why is 3.Bb5 more popular / better / more interesting than the Italian game 3.Bc4? In the Ruy Lopez, white isn't really going to win the e5 pawn, and the bishop is …
answered Oct 7 '13 by Dag Oskar Madsen
The set-up with early c4, f4, Nc3, Nf3 can seldom be played successfully. Most often black's central pawns will stop this plan or chase away one of white's knights. For example 1. f4 d5 2. c4 d4 or 1. …
answered Dec 19 '14 by Dag Oskar Madsen
Kasparov in My Great Predecessors, Part 4: Generally speaking, Larsen's contribution to the development of opening theory is not very great, since usually he aimed to lure his opponents into …
answered Jun 15 '14 by Dag Oskar Madsen
Another high quality source of opening analysis is the New in Chess Yearbook series. It also appears four times a year with hundreds of pages on the newest opening theory. …
answered Sep 15 '14 by Dag Oskar Madsen

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