Q&A: Chess: Defense and openings?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 2 comments

Question by Rattlesnake: Chess: Defense and openings?
Hello chess players
Why do we classify the “openings” in “Openings” and “Defenses”? Is there any difference between them?
Thank you

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Answer by DivideByZero
If I understand correctly, a “Defense” is a variation played by Black. It’s a defense because Black must respond to White’s initiative, White’s advantage in tempo.

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Which is the most recent chess opening book ?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 0 comments

Question by Teddy: Which is the most recent chess opening book ?

Thanks for the answers 🙂

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Answer by liberal_60
I assume you are asking about a book cataloging all openings. In that case there are:

Modern Chess Openings 15th edition (MCO-15) 2008 and Fundamental Chess Openings (FCO) 2009

Both have all the classic lines and some fairly recent games.
MCO has more lines and more details, FCO has more explanation

Neither are really books about how to play openings. They are more like catalogs. They show the moves but have only a limited amount of information about why one move is better than another.

Both books get mixed reviews. Neither is appropriate for a beginner.
If you are a beginner I suggest “Winning Chess Openings” by Seirawan and Silman. 2003
It is not brand new, but it can give you an understanding of openings that MCO and FCO make no attempt to provide.

Of course there are more recent books if you want a book about a particular opening.

If you really want the latest information and don’t necessarily care about classic lines, then you need to go with periodicals- probably “New in Chess“, though it is primarily for very advanced players.

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Having trouble in chess need tips?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 3 comments

Question by Byron G: Having trouble in chess need tips?
I just learned how to play like 4 days ago and I played like 15 games and lost at them all came close to some but lost. should I quit? or keep trying if so I need so tips please.

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Answer by mark h
chess is not easy. you’ll lose a lot more than that. it’s a good game so stick with it

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how to beat a copycat chess player?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 6 comments

Question by Rush: how to beat a copycat chess player?
A player is copying my moves in one of our games.From the opening is there something I can do to win this?

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Answer by Long John Silver
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” So the saying goes. The fact that someone is copying every one of your moves may indicate you are playing against someone who doesn’t know how to play well, who believes you are a much better player than he is, or who isn’t playing chess at all, but is just getting a kick out of copying you. How immature.

In any event, the best bet for you is to simply play your best chess game, and let your opponent play as he wishes. As soon as you check his king, he won’t be copying you anymore. He will have to make a move that eliminates the threat to his king, and then the copying process is over. Enjoy your victory. 🙂 – LJS

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Any advice on how the become a good chess player?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 11 comments

Question by Lucky Star: Any advice on how the become a good chess player?

Thanks to all for your time

Is there any website that I can learn how to move & all

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Answer by Jake C
Think ahead of your opponent. If you are playing against someone you know it will be easy because you might know how they think. If you are in a tournament just try to establish a strategy. For example if they are offensive you should bring out your two side pawns and bring your rooks out so it acts as a force field. I’m not a professional though. I just try to think fast, but act accurately.

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In the chess books “Chess openings for white/black, explained”, do the openings really produce wins?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 6 comments

Question by jordan: In the chess books “Chess openings for white/black, explained”, do the openings really produce wins?
The openings in the two books look awefully weird to me, like positions that wouldn’t happen in actual tournament games. However, I know that they have been used, but I want to know if these openings in the books have been used successfully by any tournament player rated between 1500-2200?

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Answer by Liam O
Not sure about professionals but as a reasonably good player, I know that every move has an effect from the opening gambit to the end move.

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Q&A: What is the Best Chess learning Book for a player rated around 1400?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Chess Openings FAQ | 3 comments

Question by lichaa: What is the Best Chess learning Book for a player rated around 1400?
I would like a book for each of these categories. 1. Openings 2. End game 3. Tactics/ Combinations 4. Strategy 5. Overall (all the above)

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Answer by michael m
Reassess your chess is a good book for a 1400 rated player. The author is SIliman

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