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Hanham Variation Philidor Defense

No. Black cannot reach the Hanham variation (e.g. the Philidor setup with Nd7, Nf6, e5 and sometimes c6) by force. The modern move order to reach the Hanham variation, however, is 1. e4 d6! 2. d4 Nf6 ...
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Is Bg5 a mistake or inaccuracy there?

Both 5.Bb5 and 5.Bg5 are reasonable here. Lichess wasn't running multiple move analysis, but it didn't mean the move 5.Bg5 was bad. 5.Bb5 doesn't lose a pawn as 5...Nxe4 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8....
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What is a sharp line against the Lion?

As you mentioned, 4.g4 is interesting and not as stupid as it may look. If you don't like the positional maneuvering game, I think 4.f4 could be try for you. There is one suicidal line that really ...
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How does the move order 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 "rule out Philidor's Defence 2...d6"?

While d6 is passive, it is probably not the end of the world there at levels below Master. After Nc3, it is not so much that it "rules out Philidor's Defense" as when white played 2.Nc3, it became a ...
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Black Lion opening plans for White's 5. Bc4 line

The first thing to note is that 9. h3 is a minor mistake if your intention is to play a queenside attack. It is a diversion from your plan. It would make more sense if your plan were to attack through ...
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Black Lion opening plans for White's 5. Bc4 line

The engine gives a very strong plan of making ...g5 as unattractive as possible by playing Nh4-f5, where in the end Black's pieces are pathetic and the Black king is still in the center. The way White ...
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What's the best move against this variation in the Philidor Defense?

As Ian Bush already mentioned in a comment, 5.Bb5+ is arguably the strongest reply. After 5....Nd7 6.Nf5 or 5....Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.Nf5, black has some serious problems with the weak pawn on d6 and ...
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Pawn Structure Change in the Pirc - dxe5 or Nxe5?

It comes down to the VERY poor placement of the white pieces, in particular, that the Bd3 is vulnerable to being trapped by the advancing black queenside pawns. Taking with the knight also allows you ...
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Is Bg5 a mistake or inaccuracy there?

5.Bg5 isn't that bad of a move, but it's not best because you have to give up your dark-squared bishop after 5...h6. Since some of your dark squares are weak (e.g., f4 and d4), keeping this bishop is ...
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Philidor Defence - White's attack on the center

The most popular (and arguably the most precise) move order for black to play the Philidor defence is 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5. Alternative move orders are, for example, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 or 1.e4 d6 2....
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What positional play strategy should white adopt when fighting against the Philidor exchange variation?

Why not follow that game? - he got a nice centralised position with pressure on d6. No need to take risks with "Ultra-aggressive" moves.
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How to play against the inverted Philidor opening with Black

The basic idea with ...d5, ...Bc5 is just to gain some centre space. I wouldn't really compare this position's plans to the Italian, as they're not that similar. Black's pushed ...d5 early on, and the ...
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What should be the next move for Black?

Based off your position; I let the engine play it out and the below was the "best" output I received. This is just an old fashioned slog for the centre. A lot of trading going on. [Event &...
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