James Ko
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Why don't masters play 7...e5 against the Fianchetto Variation of the King's Indian?
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I think I found the "refutation" to this setup: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O e5 8. d5 Ne7 9. e4 Nd7 10. Ne1 f5 11. Nd3 Nf6 12. Bg5 ...

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Is the Dunst Opening with 3. Nce2 unsound?
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OK, so after a bit more research I have concluded that this variation is in fact playable for White, even with perfect play from Black! Here's my analysis: The critical line is [FEN ""] 1....

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Openings where Black castles queenside and White castles kingside
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Here's a mini-list of openings (both amateur/professional) I compiled that fit this criteria. Feel free to comment or add your own post if you have suggestions: Advance Caro-Kann Albin Countergambit ...

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What's the accurate move order for this line?
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I found an explanation of this move in Jon Speelman's Modern Defence book (published 2000): So my intuition was correct; 4...Qb6 does seem to be the more accurate move.

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As a Closed Sicilian player, is it impossible to avoid the Taimanov Variation without accepting an inferior position?
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I managed to find a line that seems playable for White, although Black is definitely somewhat better here: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nge2 Nc6 4.g3!? d5! 5.exd5 exd5 6.d4 Bg4! 7.Be3 Bf3 8....

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Why exchange the knight for the bad light-squared bishop?
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Thanks to @Philip Roe for the wonderful and detailed answer. I took a look at the 9...Nh5 variation of the Bayonet Attack, which contains some lines similar to this that I found insightful and ...

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Where can I play against specific openings?
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Check out the Maia chess bots on Lichess, e.g. maia1 and maia5 (there are multiple bots with different elo ratings). They're designed to play like humans. You can challenge them to a game from any ...

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An aggressive counter for white vs Scandinavian Defense
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You could play 2.d4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 to transpose into the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

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How to handle the standard Bb4 (or Bg4 / Bg5 / Bb5) pin?
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I'm just an amateur so take everything I say with a grain of salt, but here are some of my thoughts on this matter: If you haven't castled yet, it's less risky to break the f3-pin by simply moving ...

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