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The reply 2...Nf6 to the Reti opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 Nf6 is not even mentioned in my three Reti opening books. What is wrong with that? There must be a well-known answer that is simply part of the professional player's erudition because otherwise this move would get attention from the authors. …
asked May 4 '16 by DrCapablasker
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Actually each level of play has its own valid rules which become invalid on a higher level. I recommend sticking with "inferior" moves as long as they bring success against your usual opponents, no ma …
answered May 31 '16 by DrCapablasker
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Why has it become standard to decline the queen's gambit as below: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 which blocks the bishop, rather than: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 ? By analogy to the king's gambit: …
asked Sep 8 '14 by DrCapablasker
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[fen ""] [Title "6.Ng3 against the French Rubinstein"] [Startply "11"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 What is so obviously wrong with the move 6.Ng3 against the French Rubin …
asked May 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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You can set up any position and play it against computer at http://www.apronus.com/chess/wbeditor.php. For example, you can play the Najdorf Sicilian as Black against computer. You can adjust the st …
answered Aug 21 '14 by DrCapablasker
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[fen ""] [Startply "3"] [Title "2.f4 against the French Defense"] 1.e4 e6 2.f4 What is so obviously wrong with this approach? I ask because it is not even mentioned in the complete Black repertoire …
asked May 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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up a synopsis. An opening book can be written without prior personal experience with this opening. One can also discover a new plan, either by one's own thinking or by looking at the way an engine …
answered Jun 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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I know that there are practical methods of playing for a win with White without bothering with an opening advantage. In Kasparov's multivolume work on his predecessors Bent Larsen is described as … someone who excelled at building complex playable positions without attention to opening advantage. It was enough for him that the position held enough complexity to make for a hard battle. Presumably …
asked May 30 '16 by DrCapablasker
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There is a new offering from ChessTempo.com! https://beta.chesstempo.com/opening-training Welcome to the Chesstempo opening training tool. The opening trainer allows you create and manage your … opening repertoire, and then train against your repertoire using spaced repetition to optimise your learning. The opening training also integrates with our play chess online feature, allowing …
answered Jun 15 '18 by DrCapablasker
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For Black 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5! to clear the c and d files. Another idea 1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 to invite 3.dxe5 dxe5 4.Qxd8+. Similarly 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 to invite 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+.
answered Jul 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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1) http://www.russell-enterprises.com/images/frenchrubinsteinexcerpt.pdf - a book on the Rubinstein French from Black's perspective and therefore it aims to list all the possible lines for White, whic …
answered May 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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, which is considered refuted by opening theory. I wrote the tool for myself and never found the time to provide a user guide but it should work for everyone once you learn how to operate it. I can help with any questions. …
answered Mar 1 '18 by DrCapablasker
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There is a recent book on 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c5 by Alexei Bezgodov. The idea is to liquidate the center pawns and get an open game. Inspired by the book I play it a lot as Black in my online blitz games wit …
answered Jul 8 '17 by DrCapablasker
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I read opening books a lot and they are always focused on finding a way to draw for Black and finding a way for White to play for a win. This makes me wonder why people are not writing opening books …
asked May 26 '16 by DrCapablasker
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I play 1.e4 d5 2.d3 dxe4 3.dxe4
answered Apr 6 by DrCapablasker
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These two are not symmetrical for at least two reasons: In the KIA, the obligatory move is e2-e4, because otherwise the opening will not be called the KIA. But there are ways to play the KID without … e7-e5, but with c7-c5 instead. White must play both d2-d4 and c2-c4 for the opening to be called the KID, but in the KIA Black may play c7-c6, or d7-d6 and it is still the KIA. …
answered Jun 29 '16 by DrCapablasker
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[FEN ""] [StartPly "12"] [Title "What is wrong with 6..e5?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e5 Please do not reply that it weakens the d5 square and allows the white bishop to …
asked May 26 '16 by DrCapablasker
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Mastering the Chess Openings in 4 Volumes by John Watson: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Chess-Openings-Unlocking-Mysteries/dp/1904600603/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469395910&sr=1-1-spell&k …
answered Jul 24 '16 by DrCapablasker
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years, having played it in blitz from both sides. I have looked into some books but the answers are too shallow. Looks to me like a gaping hole in opening theory. Is there an authoritative resource dealing with this line? …
asked May 26 '16 by DrCapablasker
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I remember reading somewhere in an opening book that the c5 line against the Saemisch is the primary reason why the Saemisch has stopped being popular among the elite. Moreover, it is recommended for black in two repertoire books on the King's Indian Defense: one by Bologan and one by Dejan Bojkov. …
answered Jan 8 '16 by DrCapablasker
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The young Bobby Fischer used to play the same opening scheme from game to game against every opponent. Later he adopted the element of surprise and varied his openings. I remember reading about it …
answered Jun 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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Botvinnik lost to Smyslov and to Tal in world championship matches and then won with them in rematches. From his writing it follows that he has studied the style of his opponents and learned to play a …
answered Jun 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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The world champion Emanuel Lasker is reputed to be a master of psychology, adjusting his play to upset his opponents to the point of making inferior moves on purpose. This is just an idea to pursue in …
answered Jun 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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I remember reading Carlsen's comments after his first match against Anand to the effect that he soon discovered that he needed no change from his usual play but was prepared to play differently. I don …
answered Jun 11 '16 by DrCapablasker
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Let me quote Botvinnik's words from a chess history book in Russian. It is about his preparation for his rematch against Tal after losing the champion's title to him. I decided to play working in two …
answered Jun 12 '16 by DrCapablasker
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I remember reading about Taimanov's preparation against Fischer before the match which he famously lost 6 to nil. His helpers recommended him to play the French Defense because Fischer was known to be …
answered Jun 11 '16 by DrCapablasker