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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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We know that 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 is a disaster for Black (Damiano Opening). But White has an extra move. Can he therefore play 1. e4 e5 2. f3 ? If Black replies 2... Nf6, White has 3. Ne2 (followed … eventually by Ng3). That seems to stave off the immediate problem of the Damiano Opening. So does the extra move give White enough leeway to play like this? …
asked Feb 27 '13 by Tom Au
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In one game between world class players, (Alekhine and Rubinstein), the game began 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 ... When Rubenstein played 3... a6?, Alekhine grabbed the opportunity to reply 4. c5! bec …
asked Apr 28 '13 by Tom Au
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Former world champion JR Capablanca was not a particularly good opening player. Yet he was the "champ" because once he survived the opening, he played better middle and endgames than others. And this … , Botvinnik, and Keres, but even second-rank Russian players. A major reason was that they played varied and complicated openings, and got the "jump" on Capablanca in this part of the game. Why didn't non-Russian players do more to take Capablanca out of his familiar opening lines? …
asked Jul 14 '16 by Tom Au
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If White opens e4 and Black replies c5, that's the Sicilian defense. Typical next moves are 2. Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4, etc. Are there good variations for White where he DOESN'T play d4? I've heard …
asked Feb 21 '13 by Tom Au
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In this game, White appears to have lost the initiative against the Nimzo Indian defense as early as the fourth move, and certainly by the eighth move. If White's next four moves were 1) e3, 2) Nf3, …
asked Mar 26 '16 by Tom Au
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Alekhine, a world champion, has his name on the defense Nf6 in response to White's e4. But after e.g. 2. e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4. d4, White seems to have a good game. Did Alekhine win any notable games (o …
asked Feb 21 '13 by Tom Au
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In 1914, world champion Emanuel Lasker was trailing future world champion J.R. Capablanca in a tournament, meaning that he needed to win, not just draw, against Capablanca. He played the exchange var …
asked Jul 12 '16 by Tom Au