Chess Opening Theory/1. Nh3
|Moves: 1. Nh3|
|ECO code: A00|
|Parent: Starting position|
1. Nh3 · Ammonia Opening[edit | edit source]
The Ammonia opening is based on the chemical formula of ammonia (NH3) and the fact that ammonia, like this opening, 'stinks'. Other titles for this opening include; the Amar Opening, the Paris Opening, and Drunken Knight Opening. Chess author Tim Harding has jokingly suggested that "Amar" is an acronym for "Absolutely mad and ridiculous"; that sums up this move!
It's not bad, it just does not improve White's position, as such it's a wasted opportunity.
Black's responses[edit | edit source]
This has effectively given the first move to Black. Any one of White's opening moves may be employed by Black (except, of course, 1... g5.)
Statistics[edit | edit source]
No statistics as 1. Nh3 occurs rarely among serious chess players.
References[edit | edit source]
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