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Stockfish is considering a move in a book by GM Mihail Marin as a blunder

Mihail Marin simply missed that 1.Ng6 is winning, even faster than 1.Qg6. During opening analysis, and even during a game, sometimes when you find a satisfying continuation you forget to follow Lasker'...
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Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4?

This has nothing to do with 1.d4 being an objectively better move than 1.c4. The moves are just about as good as one another, and sometimes even transpose as you've noted. But 1.d4 was historically ...
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Not Developing a Piece in the First Five Moves

Obviously black has violated principles such as: don't move a piece twice develop pieces However opening principles are just general guidelines and in very concrete positions like the one at hand ...
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Is the English opening the most suitable for beginners?

Do these factors make the English opening ideal for beginners? No. As a beginner it is OK to study the English along with other openings but what you seem to be suggesting, that it be the only white ...
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I like to play 1. e4 but I dislike 1. ... c5. Can I continue with 2. c4?

You can, but if you like most openings with 1.e4, it's probably not the most adequate choice for your "style" (the resulting position will be "slow" rather than a fast exchange of tactical blows. 2.c4 ...
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Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4?

One reason that the English openings (either starting with 1. c4 or 1. Nf3) work well at the lower levels is that players are unfamiliar with how to play against it. Most people are taught how to play ...
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1. c4 vs c3 Sicilian

I think you should stop being afraid of your theory book, and concentrate on fighting your opponent in a game of chess. Especially rated at 1400, you need to experience interesting tactical battles, ...
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What are these chess.com figures from my English Opening game?

I believe you mean this (correct me if wrong): This refers to time in seconds that it took to complete a move. So in this case (my game), it took White 2.5 seconds to make a move, and 0.9 seconds ...
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I like to play 1. e4 but I dislike 1. ... c5. Can I continue with 2. c4?

It is not the most ambitious choice, but should be playable. It has been played by 2500 rated players. Basically by playing c4 you weaken your dark squares and black could try to take advantage of it ...
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Transposition into KID

It is a matter of choice Many grandmasters (e.g. world champion Viswanathan Anand) have consistently played 1.c4 e5 with Black. Others favour the KID or other defenses : Hedgehog (with b6), ...
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1. c4 vs c3 Sicilian

Don't let anything chase you away from 1.e4! If you want to minimize your theory you can consider a couple other options: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 with 3.c3 1.e4 c5 2.f4 or 2.Nc3 and 3.f4 heading for Grand ...
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Can you recommend a variation in the English opening for a technical player?

It's a good question. Just a quick answer with some thoughts to give you some starting ideas, hopefully to be improved later. I've always liked the English exactly for its rich transpositional ...
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In the English Opening, where should the d-pawn go?

Once you play d4 you are usually leaving the pure English opening and transposing to a queen-pawn opening. Objectively there are positions where it is absolutely better to transpose to a queen-pawn ...
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Is the English opening the most suitable for beginners?

In the competitive sense of surprising your opponent it does have its advantages for beginners. However, a few things: 1) A surprise in the English isn't as valuable as a surprise in one of the 1.e4 ...
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Black repertoire for players who love the English Opening

The reality is that you cannot force such openings as black, but you can pick openings that may suit your style. I really think that the Nimzo-Indian/Queens-Indian may suit your style very well. They ...
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In what cases is it good to play the Maroczy Bind in the Symmetrical English?

I have only ever played the Maroczy Bind against the sicilian and in the light of this limited knowledge all your propositions make some sense. 1./2. Be2 is where you normally place your bishop in ...
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English opening against Dutch defense

This isn't necessarily an answer; it's some amusing searches and information that might help others get a "real" answer. (It just seemed too much for a comment.) I'm not familiar with this setup, so ...
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In the opening stage, can we determine that one move is better than another by looking at winning percentage?

The precise answer depends largely on the database, and the answer is still never yes. If the database includes any players below 2500ish OR it includes blitz or rapid time controls, do NOT attempt ...
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How do you stop white's queenside advance in the Reversed Sicilian?

You don't. There is no way at this point to stop white from advancing on the queenside. Playing a5 still makes sense, because short term this will give you the open a-file and longterm this will ...
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Is the Reversed Sicilian / King's English 1. c4 e5 more of a positional and quiet opening or a wild and tactical opening?

I would definitely classify these positions as rather quiet. Black is lacking the tempo to build up an attacking position, like white does in the sicilian: For example in this line the knight usually ...
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Outsmarting an intelligent copycat in the Ultrasymmetrical English

In general, the best way to prevent Black from copying you is to go for the d4 push. If you play the e3 system, it is indeed very easy for Black to equalize with no problems at all. It's best to go ...
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Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4?

Not an answer, but I thought I could share my experience. I am no expert but do play 1.d4 almost exclusively. The reason I avoid 1.c4 is 1.... e5. Ok, it is reverse Sicilian with White a tempo up. ...
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How bad is the English Opening Wing Gambit?

According to the Database of 365Chess, the English Wing Gambit has not been tried by a grandmaster in a rated game. Although there might not be a clear refutation, the gambit seems to be somewhat ...
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Weird early f4 suggested by engine (English Opening: Reversed Sicilian)

It is either f4 or f3 to defend the threat on f2. Intuitively I prefer the tempo that f2-f3 gets, but the idea of f2-f4 with e2-e4-e5 is probably what the computer likes.
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In the opening stage, can we determine that one move is better than another by looking at winning percentage?

No, these winning percentages should be taken with a grain of salt, especially for as early as move 3. The percentages largely depend on the type of players that go for certain lines. For example, if ...
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Early line in english opening not in the chessbase powerbook 2019 but seen by stockfish 10 64bits under latest fritz

I also have PowerBook 2019, and Stockfish 10, and I can confirm what you found, but there is an explanation. The moves suggested in the PowerBook are from actual human games. They are intended, ...
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Why was 3...c5 for black was a bad move?

IMO, 3...c5 by itself, is not really a problem, after the strongest continuation 4.d4 stockfish gives 0.5, and after 4th move in the game stockfish gives equality. And I think your reasoning is fine, ...
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What are the best repertoire books for White with the English Opening?

In the Grandmaster Repertoire series, there are three books covering the English opening from white's perspective, written by GM Marin in 2009 and 2010: Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3. More recently,...
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1. c4 vs c3 Sicilian

There is a line against the Sicilian on which, as far as I know, there is almost no theory. In some order it involves the moves e4, Nf3, c3, Bd3. It will probably induce your opponent to underestimate ...
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How bad is the English Opening Wing Gambit?

With your c pawn on c4 it seems pointless unless you shift the b4 pawn with a3. Otherwise black's pawn just stops you developing your b knight and you've given away a pawn for no compensation and made ...
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