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Why is 3. Nc3 played in mainline of the Modern Defense?
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3. c4 will likely transpose to a King Indian defense while 3. Nc3 will likely lead to a Pirc. 1. e4 players will prefer the more familiar Pirc positions. The Modern Defense move order lets White ...

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What are Black's plans in this position from the Breyer defence?
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After 17 Bxc5 Bxc5 18 ed Qxd5 no pawn is lost due to the mate threat at g2. Black has two active bishops and threatens Rad8 with pressure on the d pawn. If white does not exchange pawns then black can ...

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What was the first "Opening Repertoire" book?
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"How to Think Ahead In Chess" by I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld was published in 1951. For white it covers the Stonewall attack. For black its the Sicilian dragon and the Lasker variation of the ...

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Unusual Caro-Kann Variation
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Its likely a transposition to the Pribyl defense. 1. e4 d6 2. d4 nf6 3. nc3 c6 where black plays e5 at some point. Its covered in a few books about 1 .. d6 lines where black does not play g6. Also ...

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How to continue in this game?
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As white is a pawn down without compensation, piece exchanges should be avoided. White's only practical chance is a king side attack. Maybe Bc4, with the plan of Bc4-a2, c2-c4, Ba2-b1. Along with Qh5 ...

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Why is the Exchange French considered drawish?
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The exchange variation of the French defense has symmetrical pawn structures with an open file. Symmetrical pawn structures make it difficult to create imbalances which lead decisive games. Then the ...

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Why do so many children stop playing chess?
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I'd expect that many children give up chess on adulthood for the same reason they give up baseball, soccer, playing a musical instrument, and other childhood activities. Adults have less leisure time ...

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Why does Black play b6 in these lines of the King's Indian?
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Rizal provides a good move analysis. Positionally, the black knight at c5 is well placed and moving it would decrease its influence. Supporting the knight with b6 keeps the knight on a good square. ...

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Is there a low-end ELO Deflation?
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When two established players play a rated game there is a transfer of rating points from the loser to the winner. Elo deflation occurs when young players gain strength and rating points from other ...

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Why is this King and Pawn ending lost for White?
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A simple rule of thumb for king and pawn endings is that when the king is in front of the pawn then it is a win. The reason is that king will be able to gain opposition.

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What is covered in "Grunfeld Defense: Russian Variations" (1988) by Eric Schiller?
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While I'm unfamiliar with the book, it was published in 1988. A 29 year old opening book it obsolete and shouldn't be studied. There are more recent books on the Grunfeld that cover the Russian ...

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