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This variation in Open Sicilian: why give back the exchange?

If you don't give it back, White probably takes it back anyway. In the 9...Qg6 10 Nab5 line, Black can't leave the rook on a8 due to the threat of Nc7+. But a5 is pretty much the only place to put it....
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Alapin Sicilian 4th move after 2... Nf6 3.e5 Nd5

If you measure by the Lichess masters database, this is already happening: Nf3 has been more popular than d4 since 2019.
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Why do some common openings move a pawn in front a bishop prior to moving the king's or queen's pawn?

First off: please use algebraic notation to denote moves. This will not only help whoever is answering you to better understand your question but also yourself because it is the common way to describe ...
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Does anyone know the history of the Moscow variation of the Sicilian defense? It's now referred to as the Canal Attack

Maybe research Esteban Canal. He was a strong Peruvian player who moved to Italy. He played in many tournaments along with most of the leading players of the 1920's onwards including Capablanca, ...
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Opening name change of one game at Chess.com

Before a sufficient number of moves is played, the exact name of the opening cannot be determined. And the key term to answer your question is transpositions: ... is a sequence of moves that results ...
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(black) why the pawn H6 is not good move in this position?

To avoid a weak square on d5. Black has a winning position with an healthy extra central pawn. However, after 1...h6? 2.Ne4 the only defender of d5, the Nf6, gets exchanged. It means that White can ...
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What are the 18 moves?

I don't know which 18 that Caruana specifically had in mind. In Chess Tempo's Opening Database between 2700+ players there have been 18 moves tried: 6.Be3 6.Be2 6.f3 6.h3 6.Bg5 6.g3 6.a4 6.Bc4 6.Bd3 ...
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Is it a good idea for white to play the Botvinnik system in the Sicillian defense?

The move allows equality for black and nothing more, but the reason you don't see this being played often is that an e4 player would not generally want to transpose to a system outside the scope of ...
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Is it a good idea for white to play the Botvinnik system in the Sicillian defense?

this variation seems to make an equivalence for both sides but the reason this is not much popular imo is because: 1.you have given up the control over d4 square which is a key square 2.your opponent'...
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Should I get into the Najdorf?

In regards to to learning the Najdorf. I would say probably approximately month to learn...a lifetime to master Coming from the direction of a chess coach. No. Don't focus on openings if you are under ...
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