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What are examples of very aggressive openings?

Probably the most aggressive opening without being unplayable in chess is Double Muzio Gambit in King's Gambit, which suicide-bombs two minor pieces at f7 for a wildest possible opening attack: [FEN "...
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Are aggressive attacking and tactical playeing the same?

They are related, but probably not the same. If you play an opening like the King's Indian you are probably an aggressive, attacking player, but you may rely more on the understanding of the position ...
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An aggressive counter for white vs Scandinavian Defense

I heard from everyone that only beginners do it for a reason but I can't exactly figure out why nobody else would use that defense. It's not true that nobody but beginners use the Scandinavian - I ...
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Popularity of the Scotch Game

I think you are on to something, and statistically, there is a very good reason to play the Scotch over the Ruy Lopez, but that might not be all there is to it. I think that the main reason is that ...
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How do you play the King's Indian Attack aggressively?

I looked you up on FIDE's website, and as a roughly 1500-player, the KIA naturally fits your question "How to play king's indian attack aggressively?" If you play it correctly, it already IS an ...
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Aggressive response to 1.d4?

I have no experience of playing it, but the Albin countergambit 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 might be an option. It's relatively rare but doesn't seem to score too badly compared to the QGD/Slav, with ...
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Attacking as Black in the Caro-Kann

In the Caro-Kann, white dictates the speed and sharpness of play. The exchange Caro-Kann typically shies away from tactical/aggressive positions. In the advance bf5, white can play h4 which leads to ...
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French defence vs Sicilian defence

The French and the Sicilian are almost as different openings as you could get as a response to 1. e4. The French (especially the Advance Variation, which is the most common among amateur play) tends ...
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Gambit openings for black recommendation?

The Traxler counterattack is one of the most aggresive openings for both sides: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 ...
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Aggressive Attacking Lines for Black in the French Defence Exchange Variation

Black can play for a win against the Exchange French by aiming to castle queenside. After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6!? 5.c3 Black has a high class 'waiting' move that actually develops a ...
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Looking for an aggressive opening for black vs 1. d4

This is going to be kind of general, because there's a lot of territory to explore, and space limitations reduce me to doing not much more than pointing at some of the landmarks. There might be ...
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Gambits out of Nimzowitsch Defense

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5: 3.Nc3 scores best for White according to my database and it is the move I play. 3...dxe4 Your opponent can go into the French Defense with 3...e6, but this is not a good French ...
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An aggressive counter for white vs Scandinavian Defense

If you are having trouble with it, maybe you need to slow down the aggression! My advice is to play 2.e5. It is theoretically a "bad" move because it allows your opponent to play an improved Caro-...
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Systematic approach to learning opening/endgame theory?

Openings: Problem: You reported being dissatisfied with learning from books, if they have long variations between diagrams, since you study without a board. Recommendation: Study with a board, or use ...
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Is there an aggresive opening for black if white does not accept the Traxler's counterattack?

In response to: 4.c3. This outright loses a pawn to 4...Nxe4. I have a hard time believing White will play this often. 4.Nc3. This move is tame, effectively accepting a symmetrical position with ...
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What are variations that can explain why 1.c4 is often suggested as an alternative starting move for for aggressive players?

One of the reasons mainline openings are "good" is that they are fundamentally strategically sound. You develop your pieces, fight for central control, secure your King, etc. All the things ...
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What are examples of very aggressive openings?

I personally like the Grob opening, especially for blitz. It goes: g4 And, just an example of a continuation: .. d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 e6 4. Qb3 I also like using the same idea as black playing ...
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What are examples of very aggressive openings?

I recommend to try Grob's Attack. This opening is very agressive for both white and black. And a lot of players don't know to play correctly in this opening as I found. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/...
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What are examples of very aggressive openings?

For me, it has to be Scandinavian Alekhine. Although it could be responded by Alekhine's defence (B02), Spielmann variation and would prove better. Both sides' queen, both sides' centre pawn, both ...
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What are examples of very aggressive openings?

I like the Colorado Counter Gambit for Black in Blitz. Here's an example: Colorado Counter-Gambit: [Event "FRG-ch corr"] [Date "1987"] [White "Hallier, Karl Heinz"] [Black "Winckelmann, Thomas"] [...
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How do you judge a sacrifice?

I assume what you're asking is how do you evaluate a position when the compensation is unclear because you either lack the time or the ability to calculate out the variations. Most top level players ...
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How do you judge a sacrifice?

One of the better books on "judging" a sacrifice is "The Art of Sacrifice" by Rudolph Spielmann, even though it is a bit dated (1935). In a "non-gain" sacrifice, one doesn't really think of ...
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The London System: Can it be broken?

The Queen's Indian Defense easily equalizes against London, albeit some what passive. The problem with the King's Indian set up is that Black should be ready to play the Pirc if White chooses the so-...
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Systematic approach to learning opening/endgame theory?

First, learn the game backwards. This was an idea popularized by Capablanca and is the heart of the "Soviet system". Learn endgames first. Then learn middle games to reach winning endgames. ...
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Looking for an aggressive opening for black vs 1. d4

Several people have recommended the Budapest Gambit, which I would second. It's fun, easy to play, and, while there aren't a lot of lines, it is both tactically and positionally rich. If White knows ...
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An aggressive counter for white vs Scandinavian Defense

You are correct to seek an aggressive line since at this stage in your chess development you should be going for the throat. Here is a suggested line: 1.e4 d5 2.d4 dxe4 3.f3 or Bc4 [EDIT] 3.Nc3 ...
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What will be the best move in this position?

Almost certainly Bxf5 is a winning move, but it may not be what you want to play. I asked if exf6 was legal. If it is, play it. After Black recaptures play Bg6+ and your attack is just as strong ...
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An aggressive counter for white vs Scandinavian Defense

At your elo opponents are not really prepared with theory so you can surprise them with the following gambit lines :) You can surprise the casual Scandi player with Mieses gambit that goes: 1. e4-d5 ...
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