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Why is Bb8 better than Bc7 in this position?

Why is Bb8 better than Bc7 in this position? It's all about the a6 knight. It has no future on that square. It needs to relocate via either b8 or c7. c7 gives it a better circuit than b8 because it ...
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What was Anand thinking in the 1994 Armageddon blitz semifinal?

From a YouTube comment section dedicated to the game (I did not find the primary source, so it may be untrue): Anand was asked about this in the interview after. Smirin did not play the opening Anand ...
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Why is this position in the 3.d4 d5 Petroff equal?

What I can't wrap my head around is that Stockfish says that this position is completely equal. Why is that? Black has the bishop pair in a completely open position (no center pawns). This advantage ...
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Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?

By playing 11...h6, you created a weakness on g6, and you created a target on h6, now it is easier for white to open up a position around your king by pushing their g-pawn. White also has a potential ...
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Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?

To add to the existing answers, you just gave up your light squared bishop for no apparent reason, while creating many light square weaknesses around your king with the same move! Now white is the ...
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Why has the Petroff Defence become more popular?

Possibly it's the evasion of the evasion of the evasion. GMs evade the Ruy mainlines by playing the Berlin, then they evade the Berlin by playing the Italian and now they might just start to evade ...
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As Black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by White in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

Do not play 3...Nxe4 in response to 3. Nxe5. I feel this important aspect is missing in the other answers. You can see the primary reason it doesn't work in your game - you end up losing the queen. ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, is 2...Nf6 safer and easier to learn than Nc6?

As an amateur player, you should know the connotation that 2...Nf6 (The Petrov defense) has a reputation of being more boring and more of a draw than 2...Nc6 (leading to the Ruy Lopez, Italian, and ...
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As Black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by White in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

This part of the answer pertains to the first version of the post, where (due to a typo in setting up the diagram in OP) the move 4...f6 was played: It started to go wrong for you from the move 4......
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Petrov Defense, 8...Bg4 easy equality for Black?

No, it is not "easy equality". It is "complex fight where Black has good chances for equality, with theoretical debate still going on". Anyway, 3.d4 won't be the only try for an advantage in the ...
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Why has the Petroff Defence become more popular?

Nowadays theory has become so convoluted at the super-GM level that top players want to avoid the main lines more and more. The petroff is a good option, since it hasn't been analyzed and played by ...
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What is the idea of the Kaufmann Attack (5.c4) against the Petroff?

In the main line 5.d4, black responds with 5....d5 in order to occupy the centre and to continue his development. The most popular line continues with: 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6! 8.c4 Nb4! 9.Be2 0-0 (e.g. ...
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As Black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by White in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

In Damiano variant you respond 4. ... Qe7 to 4. Qe2. Yes, white takes the knight faster than you, but then you simply make d6 move, and if white knight retreats, white loses Queen. So to black's 5. ......
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, is 2...Nf6 safer and easier to learn than Nc6?

Objectively speaking, 2...Nc6 is the strongest reply. That's why it's preferred by most top players. 2...Nf6 is an interesting alternative, but it often leads to more drawish positions after 3.Nxe5 d6 ...
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Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?

White has easy ideas like 1. Nxe6 fxe6 2. Bxh6 gxh6 3. Qxh6 with ideas of Rh3 to g3.
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Most people say that the best opening for beginners to improve is 1.e4 e5. But after 2.Nf3, what should we teach beginners to play: 2...Nf6 or 2..Nc6?

If we follow the same logic that sustends the "play 1...e5" advice, beginners should play 1...Nc6 : It is a simpler move to explain logically: the Pe5 is under attack, we protect it while ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, is 2...Nf6 safer and easier to learn than Nc6?

The Petrov is a sound opening but the problem is that white can basically force a queen trade in a symmetrical position. For example- 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. d3 That's ...
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Stafford Gambit Accepted - Qe2 - What to do?

The Stafford is getting popular because of the Youtube videos I guess. I saw it earlier today and just played 5.Be2 to take it out of book and won easily. It's a trappy opening and you're going to ...
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Stafford Gambit Accepted - Qe2 - What to do?

Rats. I thought I had a 5. Qe2 somewhere... Crap, that colllection of Stafford games was on the stolen laptop. ...Bf5 was a suggestion earlier, right? Then if d3 kicks you back to c5, and d4 hits you ...
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How should white push for advantage in the Nimzowitsh attack of the Petrov's defense?

I noticed that it's very difficult to attack black in the Petrov defense. That is why it is popular at the elite levels: It is super-solid. The character of the game is going to depend on black, ...
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Petrov Defense, 8...Bg4 easy equality for Black?

I hope I am not going to get into trouble for posting a piece of a free newsletter by GM Alex Colvic on the subject you asked about. This is the entire email from April 28,2018. Alex's answers the ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Fundamental Chess Openings - FCO, by Paul van de Sterren. Good explanations on planning and ideas, light on deep lines.
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

"An Attacking Repertoire for White" by Sam Collins has a chapter on the Scotch which does cover many of the offbeat variations. After 4. ... d6 he writes "No one does this, for the simple reason that ...
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Books/resources on Scotch (as white) and Petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Quality Chess will publish a book on 1.e4 (hopefully in a few month) which will feature the Scotch as far as I know. It is part of a two book repertoire and will be about 1…e5, Caro-Kann and minor ...
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Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?

If we see from black prospective its pieces don't have a clear plan.For me as a player from black side I will try to bring the other rook on the king side. So as to defend the position strongly ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3, is 2...Nf6 safer and easier to learn than Nc6?

For practical reasons, 2...Nf6 is better for you than 2...Nc6, because 2...Nc6 does not make a threat, and your opponent won't have to think about anything. But if you counterattack with 2...Nf6, then ...
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Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?

It sounds like you want a more concrete answer than "your light squares are now very weak", "white has the bishop pair", and "you've just created a hook for white to utilize ...
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How do you evaluate this position?

The position is roughly equal. White has a lead in development but black has a better center and slightly safer king. I don't see any immediate threats from white and at some point white will play c4 ...
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