Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nf6/3. Bc4

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Petrov'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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Petrov's Defence[edit]

3. Bc4[edit]

White's e4 pawn is left undefended in preference for more development.

Possible replies.

  • 3...Nc6
  • 3...Nxe4
  • 3...d6
  • 3...d5
  • 3...Bc5

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Theory table[edit]

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

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 or 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4

3 4 5
1 ...
Nc6


Transposes to 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6
2 ...
Nxe4
Nc3
Nxc3
dxc3
3 ...
d6
4 ...
d5
5 ...
Bc5

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References[edit]

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