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. Qf3/8...Rb8/9. Bd3

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Two Knights:Colman Defence
 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)

1rbqkb1r/p4ppp/2p2n2/n3p1N1/8/3B1Q2/PPPP1PPP/RNB1K2R

Two Knights:Colman Defence

9. Bd3

This Bishop retreat while unnatural due to it blocking in the d-pawn gives added protection of the e4 square which the White Knight may soon occupy makes this a tough move for Black to face.

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. Qf3 Rb8 9.Bd3
9 10 11 12 13
1 Bd3
Be7
O-O
O-O
Re1
Rb4
Nc3
Rf4
2 ...
h6
Ne4
Nd5
b3
g6
Qg3

+=
3 ...
Bd6
Nc3
O-O
+=
4 ...
Rb4
Nc3
Be7
+=

Statistics

Estimated next move likelihood
h6 50%, Bd6 30%, Be7 20%