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Why is 3...c5 a blunder in the Center Game Accepted?

3...c5 gets two question marks deservedly, not because it loses material, but because it is extremely antipositional and a strong player would win as White on autopilot. The c5 pawn is weak itself, it ...
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Why is 2…f6 a blunder in the Center Game?

The reason is that after 3. dxe5 fxe5 4. Qh5+ you are in a lot of trouble and already lost. [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. d4 f6 3. dxe5 fxe5 4. Qh5+ Ke7 (4...g6 5. Qxe5+ Kf7 6. Bc4+) 5. Qxe5+ Kf7 6. ...
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Confused about the central and side pawns - which are which?

The central pawns are strictly the pawns which are on the d and e files. You can think of them as pawns which have the ability to occupy the central squares at some point of the game. The c and f ...
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Why does black have an advantage here?

First things first, this is an example of a very poorly played game, so Black gained its edge because of White's tactical mistakes, rather than by taking advantage of their extra space. This is a &...
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Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession?

The pawn advance reduces the potential, what is done cannot be undone and Black uses the information to set up accordingly. This is probably the broadest and most general explanation. In the end, ...
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Advance of d4 in the Ruy Lopez

First, I agree that f6 is both weakening and a waste of time. The real crux of the matter is that in most double-king pawn openings, white tries to play d4 and after the trade e5xd4, he tries to ...
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Beginners question: Controlling the center

Once you control the center attack the enemy king and give checkmate! However it's much easier said than done. Normally there are two ways you can win control of the center and how you go about ...
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Is 1.e4 the best first move for White from a theoretical point of view?

According to some GMs, d4 is the best first move. Alekhine, commenting on a Slav in his greatest games book, claims it gives White more chances of gaining an advantage. After taking the c pawn, ...
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Advance of d4 in the Ruy Lopez

The moves ...Nge7 and ...f6 slow down Black's development and he will need a few tempi to castle. Meanwhile, White is already castled and is sufficiently developed. This gives you enough incentive to ...
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Advance of d4 in the Ruy Lopez

f6 is a shockingly bad move which badly weakens black's kingside and does nothing for his development. d4 would take advantage of this and keep the initiative. c3 is a weak move which gives black the ...
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Center Game: Von der Lasa Gambit

3. Bc4 is one of those fairly regular moves that defer the opening selection of the Scotch Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4) and the Danish Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4). ...
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Why does black have an advantage here?

Answering the second question first, "2.Why, after 6th move black has better control over the center?" Black's pawn on e5 is better than white's pawn on d3. Both sides have traded a central ...
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Achieving e4 pawn push after 1.d4 opening

I haven't played or studied it myself, but White's aim in the Colle System is to play e4 after due preparation starting with 1. d4. Quoting Wikipedia: The Colle System, also known as the Colle-...
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Dealing with flexible opening positions

As a general principle, when my opponent is breaking (in a loose sense) the opening principles by not occupying the center, I try to combat this by following the principles even more. As a result, I ...
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Why does black have an advantage here?

Black has more space. The e5-pawn gives Black four rows to move around in, while the d3=pawn gives White three (and the 4th rank is kind of a no-man's-land). That extra board room confers ease of the ...
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Is 1.e4 the best first move for White from a theoretical point of view?

From the standpoint of first principles, 1. e4 and 1. d4 are equally valid. First, 1. e4 establishes central control and leads to fast castling. However, 1. d4 has its own unique advantage: it leads ...
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Can white do better versus the Sicilian Defense by avoiding an early d4?

You are certainly far from being the first person to raise the question. Alekhine, in his Collected Games, recommends in the notes to one game that White should play 3.Be2, but in all of his other ...
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Can white do better versus the Sicilian Defense by avoiding an early d4?

All the main lines against the Sicilian are the open Sicilian. This opening of the center gives white better attacking chances against black's lack of development. Larsen claims that playing d4 is a ...
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Successful attacks against the king without control of the center

From the accepted answer you linked to: The center is the crossroads of the board. Controlling it will give you access to every other part of the board. At the same time, it will drive a wedge in ...
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Center control - Model games

Morphy's games are easy to understand the ideas for his moves. Frisco Del Rosario's A First Book of Morphy uses a collection of Morphy's games to illustrate key ideas in the opening, middlegame, and ...
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Can't understand where is my fault in this game

The early game wasn't too accurate but the problem doesn't really come from there. You placed your queen on f3 way too early and without a clear purpose, then by putting your bishop on e3 and knight ...
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Can't understand where is my fault in this game

It is not clear what sort of advice you would most benefit from, but what strikes me most about your game is that you had no idea where your pieces belonged. In all openings, the object is to bring ...
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Advance of d4 in the Ruy Lopez

The Ruy Lopez is a very flexible and therefore subtle opening. Black has a wide choice of replies and really has a kind of initiative in that the onus is on White to find a good response to whatever ...
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Dealing with flexible opening positions

My guess is to learn how to play those positions from the side with the big pawn center. Examine games in such openings and see the ideas that both sides try to follow. A great book might be Pawn ...
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What is a good plan for Black when White surrenders the center?

In positions like this (while the a1 rook is undefended), a typical plan is to play immediately 1...b6 and reply to 2 b4 with 2...a5, the idea being that white cannot defend the b4 pawn with a3. In ...
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How to avoid an overly cluttered board in the opening?

My first chess book was How to Think Ahead in Chess by I. A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld. It was truly an amazing book because it focused on a simple opening with simple ideas. You knew where the ...
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How to avoid an overly cluttered board in the opening?

Regarding the example.In principle this is a very normal position and I would not call it cluttered. Two points regarding white's opening play: The move 4. b3 only makes sense if you want to develop ...
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How to avoid an overly cluttered board in the opening?

I find that around moves 8-10 the centre of the board gets quite cluttered. Typically (exceptions occur) around moves 8-10 you should have completed your development: you should have moved all or ...
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Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession?

Based on my understanding it's not closing the position that is a concession, it's releasing the tension for no reason that is the true concession. Finding meaningful moves in a position while ...
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What is the theory behind center control?

First of all, EVERY reasonable chess opening is focused on the center in the first few moves. Even hypermodern are focused on the center even if they don't play for it directly. Why is it important? ...
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