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Comparing 6.Bb3 and 6.Bc4, the drawbacks of the latter are obvious since the bishop is not protected and can become a target to attacks: either by a black piece: Ne5, Na5, Qc5, Qd4... or, more probably, by the d-pawn: the typical ...d5 will gain a tempo for development On the other hand, I can see no advantage of having the bishop on c4 rather than b3. ...


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As an amateur player, you should know the connotation that 2...Nf6 (The Petrov defense) has a reputation of being more boring and more of a draw than 2...Nc6 (leading to the Ruy Lopez, Italian, and Scotch games). However, this really doesn't apply at the amateur level. In fact, you're much more likely to win or lose than draw, unlikely to the masters' ...


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The inclusion of 2. Nc3 ahead of f2-f4 is most significant. Consider 1. e4 e5 2. f4. Does 2. f4 aid White's development? Does 2. f4 make a threat? In both cases, no. 1. e4 e5 2. f4 isn't a threat because if we gave White an additional move for 3. fxe5, then 3...Qh4+ ruins White's day. That's the first reason for 2. Nc3: by guarding e4, it means f2-f4 will ...


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5...Bb4+ looks like a weird move because you wouldn't play a move like that often, but it makes perfect sense because the white bishop in on b3. White would definitely want to develop his knight with Nc3 on the next move and put pressure on Black's pawn center. By playing 5...Bb4+ you prevent 6.Nc3 (it'd lose a piece). If White goes for 6.c3, then Black can ...


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Traxler is too rarely played to anybody care. Bd5 and Bb3 are old main lines. Bc4 is actually Lc0 main line on pretty solid depth. One obvious advantage is easier handling of future pin while I don't think the bishop is so exposed there. From b3 it could actually be easier for black to hunt it with Na5. So it's great move in position you will probably not ...


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Objectively speaking, 2...Nc6 is the strongest reply. That's why it's preferred by most top players. 2...Nf6 is an interesting alternative, but it often leads to more drawish positions after 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4, but White can also go for 4.Nxf7!?, which is an inferior line, but very sharp and it can put you in big trouble if you don't know it well. So it ...


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well my 2 comments got upvoted, so who knows, maybe i can turn this into an answer. (Note: I wasn't really into chess or chess960 at the time I read the book (except that I played a few tournaments as a kid), so wow this was a little nostalgic. When I did get more into chess/chess960, I read about the silman position. That's about it.) jeremy silman talked ...


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The Petrov is a sound opening but the problem is that white can basically force a queen trade in a symmetrical position. For example- 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. d3 That's okay for a GM but bad for a developing player for two reasons: You aren't going to get better playing these types of positions. There aren't a lot of tactics ...


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For practical reasons, 2...Nf6 is better for you than 2...Nc6, because 2...Nc6 does not make a threat, and your opponent won't have to think about anything. But if you counterattack with 2...Nf6, then your opponent has to think, and that's what you want: your opponents thinking for themselves. That's in practice. In theory, 2...Nf6 can be safer than 2...Nc6, ...


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I think the first step is to look at the analysis of the first 9 to 10 moves; It is all pretty standard for the first few moves. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 O-O Nxe4 6. d4 Be7 Re1 b5 Rxe4 {[#] And now Bb3 would win. C84: Closed Ruy Lopez: Unusual White 6th moves.} d5 Nxe5 Nxe5 Rxe5 {Threatens to win with Bb3. White is better.} bxa4 So looking at the ...


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Give me something sound but aggressive. Give me the moves, too, but I don't want to learn lots of lines. You'll save maybe years of study time after you figure out that all you need to get out of the opening is a playable middlegame (most often attributed to Teichmann). You're not a 1400 player because you're bad at openings, you're a 1400 player because you'...


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Is there any value to learning openings as a new player? Very little - you'll be wasting your time for the most part. The best way to learn a new complex subject is a top-down approach. While there is "some" value in learning openings at this stage, your time will be much better spent on learning general theory, ideas behind openings (without ...


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