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The difference is whose move defined the opening. If, after 1. e4, black responds with e6, the opening is defined as a French Defense. If, after 1. e4 e5, white plays Bc4, the opening is defined as the Bishop's Opening. However the most common openings, such as the Queen's Gambit, aren't considered either an opening or a defense. (Note: The Sicilian ...


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books: Nunn is a very good author. Maybe try something by J. Silman too, see if you like it. There are many books for beginners, you might need to spend time to find the one you like the most (always a good idea to check that the author is at least an IM though). I'd say opening prep is not very critical for you, just yet; most games will probably start ...


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I don't know these books myself, but John Nunn is an excellent author and tactics are an important topic, you can't really go wrong with those. If you want some variation in your training, maybe now's the time to start with endgames. They may look boring (to most) at first glance, but if you dive deeper, you will notice more and more how rich and educative ...


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