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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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I would say it's personal preference largely, yes. One thing I didn't see in the other answers though: consider the openings you're most likely to face from an opponent first, especially as black. It …
answered Dec 20 '15 by Jeff Y
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My favorite catastrophe is probably the Blackburne Shilling Gambit, probably because I fell for it once :-S. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nd4?! 4. Nxe5 Qg5 5. Nxf7 Gotta be good for White, right? Gra …
answered Oct 9 '15 by Jeff Y
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I am afraid there is no good answer. If your opponent is playing an unusual opening intentionally, he or she has probably done so precisely so he or she is more prepared than you in that opening. I … carefully afterward so you are better prepared if you encounter the same opening again. (Another one that got me, but only once, was the Blackburne Shilling.) …
answered May 2 '16 by Jeff Y
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As someone who plays 4.Ng5 as White, I can tell you what I've found to be the hardest Black line against me: 4...d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Bc5!? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2 …
answered Jan 19 '16 by Jeff Y
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The short answer is: it forces exchange of a center pawn for a non-center pawn. If White ever captures exf6, Black's gxf6 gets the e pawn for a g pawn, or if Black captures f6 with a piece, gets the e …
answered Apr 18 '16 by Jeff Y
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Going over lines with Stockfish 6, it appears White holds the edge in all lines after the counter-intuitive 11.Kb1. Which is maybe why this "works" for Black -- what player not already prepped is goin …
answered Feb 1 '16 by Jeff Y