Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...Nc6

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Chigorin Defence
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Chigorin Defence[edit]

2...Nc6[edit]

With 2...Nc6 Black does not support the central d5 pawn but develops a piece for an uneven game. Theory in this defence has been extended in recent years in part due to the attempt to create playable lines in the Black Knights' Tango which can transpose into a Chigorin Defence.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6

3 4 5
Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense Nc3
Nf6
Nf3
Bg4
cxd5
Nxd5
+=
...
dxc4
Nf3
Nf6
d5
Na5
+=
Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense Nf3
Bg4
cxd5
Bxf3
dxc6
Bxc6
=

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.