# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bc4/3...Nf6/4. Ng5/4...d5/5. exd5/5...Na5/6. Bb5/6...c6/7. dxc6/7...bxc6/8. Be2/8...h6/9. Nh3

< Chess Opening Theory‎ | 1. e4‎ | 1...e5‎ | 2. Nf3‎ | 2...Nc6‎ | 3. Bc4‎ | 3...Nf6‎ | 4. Ng5‎ | 4...d5‎ | 5. exd5‎ | 5...Na5‎ | 6. Bb5‎ | 6...c6‎ | 7. dxc6‎ | 7...bxc6‎ | 8. Be2‎ | 8...h6
Two Knights Defence:Steinitz Variation
 a b c d e f g h 8 8 7 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

r1bqkb1r/p4pp1/2p2n1p/n3p3/8/7N/PPPPBPPP/RNBQK2R

# Two Knights Defence:Steinitz Variation

### 9. Nh3

Steinitz Variation
Bobby Fischer revived this in the 1960s and Nigel Short in the 1990's. It has an equally good reputation as the main line move 9 Nf3.

## Theory table

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

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Be2 h6
9 10 11 12
1 Nh3
Bd6
d3
O-O
Nc3
Nd5
O-O
Rb8
Kh1
-
2 ...
Be7
d3
O-O
Nc3
Nd5
O-O
Rb8
Kh1
-
3 ...
g5
4 ...
Bc5
5 ...
Rb8

## Statistics

Estimated next move likelihood
g5 34%, Bd6 24.5%, Bc5 24.5%, Be7 7.5% Rb8 5.5%, Bf5 4%