Hamish
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How can the Danish Gambit be exploited?
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If you are feeling more ambitious then the bizarre looking 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 Qe7!? is recommended by Viktor Bologan (former 2700 player). Having looked into it a bit, I believe him when he says ...

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Positional thinking by Grandmasters
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Depends a lot from player to player and also position to position I think. The fundamental is that their intuition (built up from studying and playing and solving a lot) will suggest a few moves (or ...

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Is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?
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Some people are a bit self conscious if they are lower rated - better to look it up on the tournament list or ask a teammate. That said, if it's a team game and I don't recognise the opponent or ...

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Is my low blitz game drawing rate at www.chess.com an indicator that I am weak in chess?
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10% is a high drawing rate for online blitz - I am drawish in classical games and an FM and have 6.6% draw rate on chess.com 3 minutes. I would suggest you use your rating as the indicator for playing ...

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Traxler Counter Attack
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Bxf7+ is definitely the way to go in practice in my opinion. I have done quite a lot of analysis with stockfish on Nxf7 and am not at all sure it is better for white despite the computer evaluation ...

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Leningrad Dutch against Reti
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After 1...d6 you could consider playing 2.e4. One of the biggest advantages of 1.Nf3 is it's flexibility and if you are looking for a quiet(ish) game then perhaps a Be2 (Classical) Pirc is your answer....

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I am 1400, how do I improve my positional play?
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My two cents on this is to study lots of classic games - chess.com articles by GSerper and especially Bryan Smith are an excellent place to start. The book Chess Training for Post Beginners is also ...

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Where to start with a child learning chess?
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Teach them how the pieces move. Teach them checkmate with two rooks. Let them play some ridiculously easy computer for a while. Gradually introduce more advanced stuff (K+R vs K, K+Q vs K, the idea ...

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Chess Tournaments Without Studying Theory?
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play because chess is fun. You will lose more money than you gain in chess unless you are very strong.

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How do I analyze my game after playing?
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in principle you should look at the game yourself without a computer, then go over with coach, then with computer. For real life : A. enter the game into computer without engine straight after game, ...

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Are there ever scenarios where more pawn islands are preferred?
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I guess one case would be the outside passed pawn in a pawn endgame. i.e. if white has two kingside pawns and an a-pawn, and black has three kingside pawns. In that situation white will be winning ...

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Good and in-depth books on Queen's Gambit and French Defense?
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1 votes

Sadler QGD book is fantastic - I know some pretty strong players who don't even play QGD as black (or 1.d4!) who read that book just for the instructive value. Don't use the lines themselves (very old ...

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Need I be concerned about being classed as a "cheater" if I sometimes play good classical games on LiChess?
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No. Plenty of honest players who will sometimes get the centipawns you are describing in 3 minute or even one minute games. Don't worry about opponent's cheating - it's an unhelpful distraction and ...

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Meeting d4-d6 from White's perspective
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I wouldn't recommend London against 1...d6 or 1...g6. They can do 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 Nd7 5.h3 (or whatever) e5 which is if anything more comfortable for black imho. Black normally has to ...

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Is 9...Nxe5 recommended in this line of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann?
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I think when Stockfish is saying +1 for black you kind of have to go for it - yes white gets a flurry of initiative but you can't avoid mess in every game. It's hard for humans to play messy positions ...

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Is 6...Bf5 inferior to 6...Bd6 in the Caro-Kann Tartakower after 6. Bc4? And if so, why?
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Not directly answering the question but 6...Qe7+ followed by Be6 is considered to be an equaliser against Bc4 (idea is if Be3 then Qb4+ wins and otherwise the bishop on c4 has to meekly retreat or Qe2 ...

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What is black’s compensation in the main line of the Caro Kann?
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solidity (c6+e6 pawn structure is hard to break down) h5 pawn can be weak in endgame. White can have king safety issues if black castles kingside and plays b5 (black has king safety issues too there ...

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What is the reason (if any) for 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3?
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I sometimes play 3.Nc3 as it gives an option of against 3...a6, 4.e5 which leads to the kind of tedious positions I enjoy :) instead of some Najdorf. There are a lot of these kind of funny options ...

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Solvable studies that computers fail to crack
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This one I solved but stockfish 10 does not manage in a few minutes at least. (all of it's lines seem to fail to some combination of Bf7, Bxh5 and ...g5 preventing Nf4, with pushing the e-pawn - at ...

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Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018
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Knight is dim on the rim on d2 (on c3 it controls 8 squares which are further forward, on d2 only 6).The position is quiet so time is not so important (within reason!) d5 is also a good square for ...

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