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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 significantly fewer draws than either (see stats here).


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 tend to play instinctively. About 90% of the time you'll see the move you're going to play within the first 3-5 seconds. The rest of the time is spent analyzing ...


My recent experience tells me that it depends on positional evaluation. Normally you think the position would result in an attack resulting in mate or a huge material gain. Sometimes it is forced on you. I recall beating a much higher rated player many decades ago. He had a positional edge and put his horsie in a strong position. I sacrificed a rook for ...

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