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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6: 365chess.com database shows: MOVE | games | year | White + Draw + Black -------+-------+------+--------+--------+------- 4. d4 | 491 | 2018 | 50.3 % | 24.4 % | 25....
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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

The game will get the characteristics of the Philidor Defense rather than the Italian Game. Wikipedia calls it the Semi-Italian Opening. I. A. Horowitz called the defence "solid", also writing: "It ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

I only see three alternative moves to defend the f2 square: 6.Be3 Bxe3 7.fxe3 results in doubled isolated center pawns, not something I would like to play with. 6.Qd2 and 6.Qe2 block the bishops. I ...
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What is the reason for 5...Bb4+ in this line of the Bishop's Opening?

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 ...
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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

There is no way to "crush" that move. You just play! Develop your pieces, get space in the center and obtain a small advantage. Your opponent won't be losing a piece or something like that. I assume ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

After 6.Qf3, black can Not initiate Q trade 6... gxc6 7. Be2 or Nd2. In this case black's N has some develop problem as Q is blocking its natural f6 square. Trade Qs 6... Qxf3 7. gxf3 bxc6 8 Be3. ...
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Unusual sequence of opening moves in the Open Ruy Lopez with 6.d4 Be7

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 {[#] ...
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What would you suggest I play vs. the Ruy Lopez, if I already play the Two Knights Defense vs. 3. Bc4?

There's a simple reason for which 3...a6 and 3...Nf6 are by far the most common replies to the Ruy Lopez: they're the most solid for black. It's very hard to force white into playing something dynamic ...
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How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4?

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4, both 4.Nxd4 and 4.Nxe5 seem to lead to an advantage for white. However, it's hard to tell which of the two options is best. Therefore it's a matter of taste. 4.Nxd4 ...
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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?

I don't think white minds gxf3. He gets a half-open g file for his rook and he is capturing towards the center. I suppose black will respond with bxc6 and I would play Nd2 going for Nb3 next move and ...
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