Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...Nf6/2. Nf3/2...d5

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Queen's Pawn 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)

rnbqkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3p4/3P4/5N2/PPP1PPPP/RNBQKB1R

Moves: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6
ECO code: D03-D05

Queen's Pawn Opening[edit]

White's main options:

  • 3. c4 - Direct transposition to Queen's Gambit.
  • 3. e3 - Often signals a move toward the Colle System, though it can still transpose back to QG.
  • 3. g3 - The fianchetto is quieter but will either transpose or tend toward a Catalan.
  • 3. Bg5 - The Torre Attack. If white's plan is to double black's pawns by exchanging the bishop for the f6 knight, this is independent. Otherwise it should transpose into typical QGD lines.

A move like 3. Nc3 is certainly not bad, but it doesn't put much pressure on black. White's c-pawn plays a key role in control of the center, and moving the knight to c3 earlier usually allows black easy equality.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5

3 4 5
Queen's Gambit c4
e6
Nc3
e6
Nf3
Be7
=
Colle System e3
-
Nf3
-
Bd3
-
=
g3
c6
Bg2
Bf5
O-O
e6
=
London System Bf4
c5
e3
e6
=
Torre Attack Bg5
Ne4
Bf4
c5
e3
Qb6
=

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References[edit]

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.