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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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Statistically speaking, there's little difference between the most popular opening moves, i.e. 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3, 1.c4. For instance, in the Game Database of ChessTempo on sees the average rating of … Although these four opening moves are approximately equally good, they can lead to different kind of positions (tactical vs. positional, lots of theory vs. little theory, etc...). Therefore, the opening
answered Jul 1 '15 by Maxwell86
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like the most. Recently, a opening book has been published by father (GM) and son (IM) Sveshnikov, in which they propose Alekhine's defence as a repertoire for black: A Chess Opening Repertoire for …
answered Dec 24 '15 by Maxwell86
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An alternative is to play the move order 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3, preventing Nh5. Next, you can play 4.Nf3 or 4.c4.
answered Jun 18 '15 by Maxwell86
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One example is the so-called Calabrian Countergambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 f5. After 3.exf5 Nf6, black seems to be fine. However, white should ignore the gambit and play a developing move: 3.d4 (Bologan-Bedn …
answered Sep 25 '16 by Maxwell86
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The line you give, 1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e3 e6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 d5, indeed leads to an equal drawish position. Actually, 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.d4, the second line you give, seems to …
answered Apr 18 '17 by Maxwell86
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Dutch Benoni Most of these openings have a fixed or typical setup, so with white you can play the same setup with an extra tempo. Hard to say whether an opening is tactical or positional, active or …
answered Jun 18 '15 by Maxwell86
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In the main line 5.d4, black responds with 5....d5 in order to occupy the centre and to continue his development. The most popular line continues with: 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6! 8.c4 Nb4! 9.Be2 0-0 (e.g. N …
answered Aug 17 '16 by Maxwell86
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There's a line in the Alapin variation that leads to an unbalanced endgame: [FEN ""] [StartPly "1"] 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.dxc5 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 e5 8.b4 e4 …
answered Sep 10 '15 by Maxwell86
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According to the Game Database of ChessTempo, after 6.Be3, there are 3 main variations: 6....e5: 1970 games 6....Nc6: 1651 games 6....c5: 1335 games After 6....e5 white's main moves are 7.d5 and …
answered Jul 5 '15 by Maxwell86
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the Bd2 interferes in the Qd1-Pd4 connection. Thus the main lines are 11.Qe2 or 11.a3, which are less direct although the opening debate remains open to this day. Objectively speaking, the values of …
answered Oct 13 '16 by Maxwell86
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Perhaps Taming Wild Chess Openings, written by IM Watson and FM Schiller, is interesting for you. The book contains a collection of bad, dubious and tricky openings. The authors show how to react and, …
answered Sep 29 '18 by Maxwell86
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If you are looking for a high-level book, then the "Grandmaster Repertoire" series can be recommended. There is one about the Caro-Kann, written by GM Schandorff in 2010. It should added that, for th …
answered Jul 31 '15 by Maxwell86
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After 5....Nf6 6.d4 dxe4 7.Nxe4 Qxd4 (1), 8.Bd3 seems the only move for white to prove he has enough compensation for the pawn. Now black has two good options: 8....Nbd7 or 8....Nxe4 9.Bxe4 Nd7. Afte …
answered Aug 10 '15 by Maxwell86
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Indeed, the line is relatively rare, but the move 3....a6 seems to become more and more popular the last couple of years. Even Magnus Carlsen has played it twice in blitz recently, against Aronian and …
answered Sep 21 '17 by Maxwell86
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idea when studying an opening, but you can also find interesting material from recent games. This year, Kramnik played the Torre Attack against the King's Indian a couple of times: in blitz (Kramnik …
answered Oct 23 '17 by Maxwell86

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