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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

1... a6 is a wasted tempo in most openings. If you want to fianchetto your queen's bishop, 1... b6 is a better choice. How bad is 1..a6? Well, because it does almost nothing, you're wasting a mo …
answered Dec 14 '16 by Glorfindel
Basically, you have a lot of options left to transpose into other openings. I remember having read a book calling this opening the Franco-Indian for this very reason. I do not expect that many White … players will actually play 2. e4; they played 1. d4 for a reason and are usually not experts in the French opening. After 2. c4, you can: transpose to the Orthodox Queen's Gambit with 2... d5 …
answered Dec 20 '16 by Glorfindel
I'll start with a quote about the Modern Opening from The Road to Chess Improvement by Alex Yermolinsky: The Modern Defense. This 'universal' method of solving opening problems has been widely … popularized recently. Some of its protagonists even claim that White has no way of earning the opening advantage after 1. d4 g6 2. e4 Bg7. Some statement, isn't it? By the way, it can hardly be …
answered Dec 26 '16 by Glorfindel
 1. g3 is called the Benko opening or the King's fianchetto opening. It usually transposes into other systems where White plays g3 in the opening (e.g. the English or the Catalan), but the position … very soon. As most system openings, it is not really a bad opening. But you're giving away the initiative White has - essentially, you're playing with Black all the time. …
answered Jul 1 '16 by Glorfindel
The main idea behind the Grünfeld is that Black momentarily concedes the center to White, only to attack it later. For example, in the Exchange variation, White often gets a pawn center (c3, d4, e4) …
answered Jun 27 '16 by Glorfindel
This is actually quite common behaviour in the Nimzo-Indian defense. Black trades the bishop pair for either an advantageous pawn structure (e.g. in the Hübner variation) or a lead in development (lik …
answered Mar 27 '16 by Glorfindel
. Remember that pawns cannot move backwards, so every time you move a pawn you lose control over the squares you leave behind. Also, if you're trying to play/invent tactical openings, you're better off starting with 1. e4. The open positions which arise from these opening offer more chance for tactics. …
answered Aug 28 '16 by Glorfindel
question: if your opponent plays an 'odd' opening, you should indeed be fine if you develop along the general principles (but watch out for sudden tactics). …
answered Apr 11 '16 by Glorfindel
White's best move seems to be 6. N1c3, when 6... d6 transposes into the Sveshnikov. After 6... Qa5, White just replies 7. Bd2, threatening Nd5 and Nc7. Black has nothing better than 7... Qd8 when Whi …
answered May 7 '16 by Glorfindel
opening books will tell you what imbalances these lines create and how you can profit from them (often with example games played by grandmasters). Some examples of imbalances are: exchanging a knight …
answered Mar 18 '17 by Glorfindel
Black usually reaches the Stonewall formation from the Dutch Defense (though QGD is an option as well, if he/she postpones Nf6) and involves putting pawns on c6, d5, e6 and f5. These pawns guarantee a …
answered Mar 20 '17 by Glorfindel
You do not have to accept the gambit with 2... dxc4. This is chess, not draughts; capturing is not mandatory. (You know that, but this is a standard reply to gambits and other sacrifices.) Both 2... …
answered Nov 11 '18 by Glorfindel
The main problem (at least on amateur level) of White in the Open Sicilian (i.e. 2. Nf3 and 3. d4) is indeed that you need to know a lot of systems/lines that Black can throw at you (see also this ans …
answered May 26 '16 by Glorfindel
The issue is that 4. d5 is a much better move; White establishes a strong center with tempo and drives the c6 knight to a bad position. Besides, 3... Nf6 isn't that popular either (probably because o …
answered Oct 20 '18 by Glorfindel
This is really dependent on which gambit the style of play you prefer. For 1, consider the King's Gambit. The theoretically preferred line for Black is 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 d5! which immedia …
answered Jan 15 '16 by Glorfindel

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