Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bb5/3...a6/4. Ba4/4...d6

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Steinitz Deferred
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)

r1bqkbnr/1pp2ppp/p1np4/4p3/B3P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R

Parent: Ruy Lopez

Steinitz Deferred[edit]

This move is a good developing move for black. It re-enforces the e-pawn, it allows the c8 bishop to readily join the battle and reserves the option of an f5 push. It does, however, impede the progress of the f8 bishop. This move is much more popular than the true Steinitz Defence.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6
5 6
c3
Nf6
O-O
Bg4
unclear
Bxc6+
bxc6
Nc3
c5
unclear
O-O
Bg4
Nc3
Nf6
slightly better for white
Noah's Ark Trap[1] d4?
b5
Bb3
Nxd4
-/+

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References[edit]

  1. [1]Noah's Ark Trap article on Wikipedia
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.