Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Qh5/2...Nc6

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Parham Attack
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/pppp1ppp/2n5/4p2Q/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR

Parham Attack[edit]

2...Nc6[edit]

A logical move defending the e5 pawn. Black knight could later move to d4 and threaten Nxc2+ and Nxa1, however Black can't be too hasty as White's Queen is aggressively placed.

White has only one sensible move of 3. Bc4 in view of Black's potentially in playing Nf6 to nudge the Queen away. However in the exhibition game with tennis player Boris Becker vs Garry Kasparov, Becker played 3. Qf3, a move then Kasparov showed led to the better position for Black.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6

3 4 5 6
Bc4
g6
Qf3
Nf6
Ne2
Bg7
Nbc3
d6
=
Qf3?
Nd4
Qc3
Nf6
=+

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References[edit]

  • Illustrated Chess for Children. 1960. Harvey Kidder. Publisher, Doubleday ISBN 0-385-05764-4.

External Links[edit]

Boris Becker vs Garry Kasparov at chessgames.com