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How well is a variant in which Black moves first?

It would be identical to current chess, except Black would obviously be playing White openings. The only difference is that the board would be inverted across the x axis. Magnus did this once in a #...
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Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

The Rossolimo scores really, really well. According to the chess 365 database, white scores 56.8% with the Rossolimo and only 51% with the open. Also, stockfish gives a very slight edge to the ...
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Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

I have been exploring these nowadays. I will give two reasons for why Bb5 is recommended for white and is beginning to overtake d4 as the main line. First, unlike 2...d6 Sicilians, with 2...Nc6 ...
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Move order in Samisch King's Indian, Panno Variation

The main reason for Panno players to prefer 6...Nc6 is that it gives Black more influence in the centre, allowing him to swiftly react on the next move if needed. E.g.: In the case of 6...Nc6 7.Bd3, ...
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Opening suggestion where my side castles king side and has king side majority

The Sicilian would be the obvious choice for black. I'm not an expert in every Sicilian line but I play several and encounter the same kingside majority theme in all of them nearly all of the time. ...
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Move order in Samisch King's Indian, Panno Variation

Essentially, the reason boils down to the fact that Nc6 develops a piece, while a6 does not. First, we'll play through variations in the main line showing how black should and should not fight for the ...
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What are the openings that are popular among club players, but are (more or less) rejected by modern professional players?

It would be easier to answer the question the other way around. There are thousands of trappy lines an amateur might play but the number of lines a professional might play is very small. For example, ...
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What are the openings that are popular among club players, but are (more or less) rejected by modern professional players?

Here is one approach that I did. Collect opening and variation names take the fen and search the stats of this opening. The opening is taken from eco.pgn from pgn-extract. Then use the opening ...
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Best way to play against Glek system?

First, you should read my series on overcoming hangovers. Long story short, gatorade and alka-seltzer. If you don't immediately see the weaknesses in white's position, then you're asking me to teach ...
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Is there a horizontally mirrored London System, and what is it called?

A reverse London would be either a slav or a caro-kann. It's a perfectly viable idea to play although most GMs might not like it because there are some drawish lines. If that's an idea that appeals to ...
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How should I play against the Philidor defense?

I've always played Morphy's lines. Yes, Nxd4 is probably a little better positionally but Qxd4 leads to a maze of tactics and traps that black probably isn't prepared for.
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Why not e3 instead of e4 in Grunfeld Russian system?

After your position, the most played move (at least by two orders of magnitude) is 6... O-O so I will focus on it only. The main takeaway is that 7. e4 forbids 7... b6 (controlling the a8-h1 diagonal),...
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London System: how to defeat copying moves?

The London can be that way and you chose to play it. The London is solid but at the same time very passive. Objectively, c4 will unbalance the position but most London players won't play it because ...
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How to deal with Black's dark-squared bishop on d6 in the London system

I don't play the London but,from what I understand, white is okay with that trade and just moves to g3. For one, white is trading off his bad bishop. Positionally, that's a small plus. But, maybe more ...
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How to deal with Black's dark-squared bishop on d6 in the London system

The d white pawn that is currently there can be quite strong, so the line you played is perfectly fine, especially since the bg3 move counters the black d6 bishop very well from attacking the kingside....
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How to deal with Black's dark-squared bishop on d6 in the London system

I play London all the time (even before it was called this way, and I don't even intend to play the Lamer London variant, consisting of kingside overrunning the poor sap who hasn't learnt opening ...
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