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  • How To Play The Queen’s Indian Defense For White And Black

    The  Queen's Indian Defense is an opening choice for Black players who want a solid and stable opening against the queen's pawn opening (1. d4). The Queen’s Indian centers around…

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    Queen’s Indian Defense
  • How To Play The Philidor Defense For White and Black

    The Philidor Defense is a calm way for Black to approach the King's pawn opening by White. The main idea behind this opening is to protect the e5 pawn by…

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    Philidor Defense
  • What Is The Best Response To 1. d4 For Black?

    So you're playing a game of chess and your opponent opens with 1. d4, looking to control the center of the board. Now what? As a chess player, the move…

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    d4 opening
  • What Is The Best Response To 1. e4 For Black?

    Some of the most common replies to e4 are the Sicilian Defense, the French Defense, the Caro-Kann Defense, the Pirc Defense, the Alekhine defense and the Scandinavian Defense. We also…

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    e4 opening
  • How to Play The Popular Sicilian Defense: A Comprehensive Guide for Chess Players

    The Sicilian Defense is one of the oldest and most popular openings in chess. Dating as far back as the late 16th century, this opening has been played and analyzed…

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    Sicilian Defense
  • How To Play The Nimzo-Indian Defense For White And Black

    The Nimzo-Indian Defense is one of the best defenses to the queen’s pawn opening (1. d4). The opening is a hypermodern style of opening as Black starts by developing their…

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    Nimzo-Indian Defense
  • How To Play The Caro-Kann Defense For White And Black

    The Caro-Kann Defense is a solid and careful opening Black can use to combat the king's pawn opening (1. e4). Its origins can be traced back to the early 1880s…

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    caro-kann defense
  • How To Play The Scandinavian Defense: Major Ideas For White And Black

    The Scandinavian Defense is a way for Black to immediately challenge White's efforts to control the center from the very first move. Right off the bat, Black aggressively challenges White's…

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    Scandinavian Defense
  • A Complete Guide To Playing The Pirc Defense For White And Black

    The Pirc Defense is one of the most popular openings in chess. This opening leads to positions that can take different shapes – could be quiet and calm, complex or…

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    Pirc Defense: Weiss variation of the Austrian attack
  • How To Play the King’s Indian Defense For White And Black

    The King's Indian Defense is a unique way of countering the Queen’s pawn opening. It is a very popular hypermodern opening.  A hypermodern opening is a chess opening that deviates…

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    The King's Indian Defense
  • How To Play the Grünfeld Defense For White And Black

    The Grünfeld Defense is a defense for Black that is named after the Austrian player Ernst Grünfeld. The starting moves of the opening are similar to that of the King's…

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    Grünfeld Defense
  • How To Play The Dutch Defense For White And Black

    The Dutch Defense is a flank opening that Black employs to gain control of the e4 square right from move 1. It is an uncommon way to reply to the…

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    Dutch Defense
  • How To Play The Benoni Defense For White And Black

    The Benoni Defense is an exciting way Black can challenge the queen's pawn opening. The opening is an excellent choice for players who love to attack and play aggressive chess.…

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    Benoni Defense
  • How To Play The French Defense For White And Black

    The French Defense is one of the oldest chess openings in the game. It is very popular among all levels, from master level to amateur. At master level, it is…

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    French Defense
  • How to Play the Petrov Defense Like a Grandmaster

    Ever wondered how grandmasters effortlessly win chess games with the Petrov Defense? You're not alone. The Petrov Defense is one of the most popular and well-studied openings in chess, but…

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    petrov defense
  • How To Play The Alekhine’s Defense For White And Black

    The Alekhine's Defense is a hypermodern opening that starts with the development of the knight. The opening is an option for Black to reply to White's king's pawn opening (1.…

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    Alekhine's Defense
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