Chess Opening Theory/1. b4/1...e5/2. Bb2

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Sokolsky Opening
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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Sokolsky Opening[edit]

2. Bb2[edit]

White fianchettos his bishop right away, attacking e5 but leaving b4 unguarded. White hopes that black's central pawn will be worth more than a flank pawn. This is a relatively uncharted opening. Black can try:

  • 2...Bxb4 which results in 3. Bxe5 with an unclear position
  • 2...Nc6 which protects black's pawn on e5 while again threatening white's pawn on b4
  • 2...d6 which protects black's pawn on e5, but removes the attack on b4

Theory table[edit]

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

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2

2 3
Sokolsky Opening Bb2
Bxb4
Bxf6
Qxf6
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