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What are basic openings I need for black?
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As noted in another answer here, the Leningrad Dutch may be an interesting option to look for as black against 1.d4. Against 1.e4, you may want to try Alekhine's defense. It's actually quite ...

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Analysis of a very complicated end position - why is this move leading to a draw?
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The reason why you lose the winning edge is, as it almost always is, because of tempi: [fen "8/4Kp2/4p3/4k1p1/8/8/5PP1/8 b - - 0 1"] 1...f5? 2.Kf7, g4 3.g3!, Kd6 4. Kg6! (4.Kf6?, Kd5 5. Kg6, Ke4! 6....

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Is it true that Queen's Gambit tends to have positional play and King's Gambit A tactical one?
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It depends a little. The Queen's Gambit can lead to very lively play, if both parties are willing, but it's easier to turn it positional, as the Queen's Gambit is more of a "pseudo-gambit" than the ...

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How useful is a 40-year-old chess book?
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Well, Aaron Nimzowitsch wrote a book called "My System" in the late 1920's, and it's still worth reading today, so just because a book is old doesn't mean it's bad. It's hard to say whether a book ...

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Analyze, improvement - My game without blunders?
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As noted in the comments, after 7.Qxb7??, the reply ...Bc6! simply traps the queen, leaving White completely busted. This may be the most obvious thing both players failed to notice in this game, and ...

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