Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...b6

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English 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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English Defence[edit]

With the move 1....b6 Black prepares to develop the Queenside Bishop, it's also a flexible option when played with the e6 development as Black has various ideas involving the e6, Nf6, Bb4, Bb7 moves.

White likely to respond with one of the following:

  • 2. c4 A standard reply, White continues in Queen Gambit formation ready to play e4.
  • 2. Nf3 May transpose into a Queen's Indian Defence.
  • 2. e4 This move order arrives at a Owen's Defence

Theory table[edit]

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

1. d4 b6

2 3 4 5 6 7
English Defence c4
e6
e4
Bb7
Bd3
f5!?
exf5
Bxg2
Qh5+
g6
fxg6
Bg7
Queen's Indian Defence Nf3
Bb7
c4
e6
Nc3
Nf6
a3
d5
cxd5
Nxd5
e3
Be7
+/=
Owen Defence e4
Bb7
Bd3
e6
Nf3
c5
c3
Nf6
Qe2
Be7
O-O
Nc6

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References[edit]

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