Chess Opening Theory/1. Nf3/1...Nf6

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1. Nf3
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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1. Nf3[edit]

1...Nf6[edit]

1...Nf6, keeping the position symmetrical, is the most flexible reply to 1.Nf3. At Grandmaster level this is a very popular move and has been the preferred response of both Anand and Kasparov.

From here, the game can go in a number of directions and there are plenty of transpositional possibilities into 1.d4 and 1.c4 openings.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. Nf3 Nf6

2
English Opening c4
...
=
King's Indian Attack g3
...
=
Indian Defence d4
...
= see 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3
Réti Opening b3
...
=
e3
...
=

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.
  • Flank Openings (1990), Bruno Carlier, Trends Publications, No ISBN