Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. c4/2...Bf5

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Baltic 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)

rn1qkbnr/ppp1pppp/8/3p1b2/2PP4/8/PP2PPPP/RNBQKBNR

Baltic Defence[edit]

2...Bf5[edit]

This developing move is to get the white squared bishop outside the pawn chain before playing e6. It weakens the b7 square, and this weakness is normally enough to ensure white good play.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Bf5

3 4 5 6 7
Qb3
e5
Qxb7
Nd7
Nc3
exd4
Nxd5
Bd6
Nf3
c5
+/-
cxd5
Bxb1
Qa4+
c6
Rxb1
Qxd5
f3
e5
dxe5
Nd7
+/=
Nc3
e6
Nf3
c6
Qb3
+/=
Nf3
e6
Qb3
Nc6
c5
Rb8
+/=

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References[edit]

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