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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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A recent game of mine went like this (I was Black): [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 Looking at the lichess database (amateur games book) I see that the more common responses are: 2..d6 2..c6 2..e6 … in …
asked Mar 23 '17 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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For instance, I consider the Queen's Gambit to be such an opening. Most beginners playing black would accept the gambit, and try to defend their pawn too, leading to inferior lines for black. Any others? …
asked Jan 20 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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I had the following game which transposed to an Old Indian defense position: 1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 But then Black did not follow with the main line: 3 ... e5 (see wikipedia article) but rather w …
asked Jan 28 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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In the following opening: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 There is a well-known trap if Black tries to defend the c file pawn with: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. a4 c6 …
asked Jan 25 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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The Wikipedia article on Queen's Gambit Accepted simply notes that "... White has good compensation after 4.Ne2". [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3.e3 Be6 4. Ne2 (4.Qc2) What about Qc2 to add f …
asked Jan 24 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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The following is a position that frequently arises in my games when I play the London System as White: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 Bf5 At this point I am unable to place my light-squa …
asked Jun 15 '17 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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According to wikipedia in the main line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted White's 3rd move is: 3.Nf3: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Doesn't that pretty much turn the opening into a real …
asked Feb 7 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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I don't get the point of Morphy's Defence in the Ruy Lopez opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 If White's purpose was to exchange Bishop for Knight and take the e5 pawn after it …
asked Feb 14 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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[FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. e5 This line of attack seems to break so many opening theory principles (don't move same piece twice, don't overextend, develop minor pieces ASAP) that I am surprised it's not immediately punishable. …
asked Jan 29 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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A common line in the orthodox line of the QGD goes something like this: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Here's the part that puzzles me. According to the database in 365chess Black' …
asked Feb 2 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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The following is the French defence, advance variation: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 * My question is how Black should play his King's Bishop. Any time that Bishop moves the White Queen can go …
asked Feb 6 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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I had White deviate from the French main line in a blitz game by playing: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 Since this line is not discussed in the Wikipedia article on French defence I am thinking that Bla …
asked Jan 30 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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d5. Anyhow, is there a name for this opening and how should Black continue? (e.g. with 4....Bb4+ maybe?). Alternatively, might there be any merit in the adventurous 3...Qxd5 which loses a tempo for Black if followed by 4.Nc3? …
asked Feb 1 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus
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some basic principles of opening theory, strategies for the middle game (pawn structure, open files, long diagonals, doubled rooks, rook on 7th rank etc.), tactics (skewer, fork, discovered attack) and end game tips. …
asked Feb 11 '14 by Marcus Junius Brutus