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Why black plays h6 in Queen's Gambit declined?

The main difference is in systems with b6 (planning to fianchetto bishop) and it occurs rather deep. Let's try without h6 first (black can and should play differently if he decides to play without h6):...
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What's the benefit to attacking the f7 and/or a2 squares during opening?

Thumbnail of really good video: Attacking f7 by thechesswebsite The point of attacking Black's f7 (and White's f2 respectively) is that only the king starts off defending that square! Every other ...
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Difference between Ne6 and a6 on QGD

In this game above, White is initiating a Minority Attack, where White pushes pawns on the Queenside to intend to disrupt Black's queenside pawns. If Black doesn't play a move to stop or slow White ...
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When is it worth it to sacrifice a knight or bishop in order to force the opponent to move the king down a rank and lose castling rights?

This question requires concrete calculation. When you play moves like this, you lose material, but you force your opponent's king to move. Which is worth more? Well, forcing your opponent's king to ...
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When is it worth it to sacrifice a knight or bishop in order to force the opponent to move the king down a rank and lose castling rights?

To voluntarily sacrifice a piece you need either a concrete tactical justification (regaining material or checkmating by force) or enough positional compensation. Here you have neither. True, Black ...
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Why black plays h6 in Queen's Gambit declined?

In similar situations, this is called "asking the question" If you thought that White obviously did want to capture, you might just wait for them to do so. In this particular case, White ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, why are the Scotch (3.d4) and the Four Knights Scotch (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4) not better for White than they really are?

I don't remember where I read it, but I definitely read it in an opening book somewhere. It said of the Scotch: an early break in the center without preparation tends to dissipate, not generate, White'...
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Why do modern Grandmasters prefer playing quiet openings?

I just did a study of the top 20 players in the world and they consistently play 1.e4 e5 and 1.d4 d5 classical style. There are not many Najdorf, Grunfeld, and King's Indian experts like there used to ...
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