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Benoni line with White

After 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Re1 a6, instead of the main line 13.Na3, you can try the gambit 13.Nc3!? that was bothering me when I was playing that line as Black. 13...Nf6 14.Rxe8 Nxe8 15.Bg5 is ...
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Benoni line with White

Some ideas: 7.h3 Bg7 8.Nf3 O-O 9.Be3. On 9...b5?! you can now play 10.e5! dxe5 11.Bxb5 +=. Better is 9...Re8 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nxe4! 12.Ncxe4 f5 13.Be2 fxe4 14.Nc4 with compensation. If black does not ...
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Creating a Opening Lines Book in ' tree-like' format

I created a (free) tool for visualizing opening repertoires. If anyone stumbling across this is interested it's called https://www.treevis.org/ where you can either input your lines manually or import ...
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Why does black have a higher win rate on Lichess in Exchange French?

Stefan already pointed out a hypothesis for this phenomenon and it appears to be accurate: The average rating of people playing the move 3.exd5 in the lichess masters database is 2365, whereas the ...
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Why does black have a higher win rate on Lichess in Exchange French?

One possible reason: Although black is in no way better after it, the move 3.exd5 is rather unambitious and increases the chances of a draw. Therefore it is more likely to be played in games where ...
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Best Repetoire Building Tools

For creating the repertoires I use the tools: https://github.com/zcesur/opening-repertoire and chessbook.com For studying the repertoires I use chessable.com I also use Hiarcs Chess Explorer pro, to ...
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Additional openings that are Chess Position Trainer compatible

For creating the repertoires I use the tools: https://github.com/zcesur/opening-repertoire and chessbook.com For studying the repertoires I use chessable.com I also use Hiarcs Chess Explorer pro, to ...
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How do I face the Sicilian wisely?

An interesting variation that I've recently faced and found troublesome (I am significantly lower rated than you) is the Chekhover Variation in the open Sicilian. It is still an "open sicilian&...
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Tricky response against the London system

Despite the prevalence "How to CRUSH" (punish, destroy, etc) content, there is no instant death ray for the London System, There is no shortage of videos, websites, and other content with ...
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How do I face the Sicilian wisely?

Currently, high-level tournament play tend to emphasize creative preparation in sharp lines. To emulate the spirit of this without actually doing the prep seems to summarize your problem. There are ...
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Resources for creating opening books or chess trees offline on PC

A Scid database can be used as an opening tree when you activate the filter button in the game list. Only the games containing the board position are shown. When you cut away moves from the start of ...
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Is there a free online chess repertoire tool?

Personally, I use the following, hanging pawns is the best YouTube channel I've ever come across, I like Chess.com's exercises, simplychess can get a bit wordy, but I find they do a great job of ...
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How do I face the Sicilian wisely?

Depends on your ELO, I generally play the closed variation, I find it often brings black outside of their comfort zone, though it lets black equalise early; however it's less common and much slower, ...
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Why is the immediate ...d5 in the 4. d3 Italian not played?

It is actually played even at top level. Some good examples are "Esipenko - Vidit 2022" or "Van Foreest - Erigaisi 2022". From a strategically point of view, the line makes ...
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Tool for training opening moves

A number of similar and related tools have been featured on The Perpetual Chess Podcast. Tools lichess.org Study: Upload or create PGN files to create your own studies for free. Each study may have ...
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Resources for creating opening books or chess trees offline on PC

Chessbase or Droidfish would be my options.
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Resources for creating opening books or chess trees offline on PC

Arena Chess GUI can do this from every PGN file or manually. But I would be very surprised if you didn't find this using the Search.
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In the Symmetrical Exchange Slav, why is 7. e3 played before 8. Qb3?

That is a good question, it is shocking that 7.e3 is the most played move (8589 games in chessbase) when 7.Qb3 (490 games) looks like a double threat. Let me look first at what can we obtain from 7....
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In the Symmetrical Exchange Slav, why is 7. e3 played before 8. Qb3?

You don't have to. For example, Stockfish 16 gives 7.Qb3 (depth 30) as the best move (with the staggering +0.1 more that compared to 7.e3). The line Pyzard already gave as a comment is probably the ...
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Is it computationally feasible to find a board with proven outcome, reachable in 2 plies?

The game tree branch 1.f3 appears to be the smallest of the 20 opening moves, so maybe it would be computationally easier to try there. Also it looks like after 1.f3 White already has some ...
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