Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...b6

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Owen's 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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Moves: 1.e4 b6
ECO code: B00
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Owen's Defence[edit]

1...b6[edit]

Black prepares to fianchetto his queenside bishop. This move is not popular at the professional level because it gives white easy development and a full pawn centre, while black himself will be constrained to the last three ranks of the board for some time. Nonetheless, it has occasionally been dabbled with and black can get good counterplay if white is unwise and overextends his pawns in the centre.

White generally responds to Owen's Defence with 2. d4, preparing to take over the centre.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 b6

2 3 4
d4
Bb7
Bd3
Nf6
Qe2
e6
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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.