Chess Opening Theory/1. b3

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Larsen's Opening
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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Moves: 1.b3
ECO code: A01

Larsen's Opening[edit]

1. b3[edit]

Also known as Nimzovich-Larsen Attack or just Queen's Fianchetto Opening.

b3 prepares to fianchetto the queen's bishop where it will fight for the central squares and point towards Black's Kingside.

Statistics[edit]

Estimated next move popularity: e5 43%, d5 27%, Nf6 15%, c5 6%, b5 2%.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.b3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Classical Variation ...
d5
Bb2
c5
e3
Nc6
Bb5
Qc7
f4
a6
Bxc6
Qxc6
Nf3
Nf6
O-O
g6
=
Modern Variation ...
e5
Bb2
Nc6
e3
Nf6
Bb5
Bd6
Ne2
a6
Bxc6
dxc6
d3
O-O
c4
Be6
=
Indian Variation ...
Nf6
Bb2
-
English Variation ...
c5
Dutch Variation ...
f5
Nf3
-
Symmetrical Variation ...
b6
Polish Variation ...
b5

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.
  • Eric Schiller (2002). Unorthodox Chess Openings (Second Edition ed.). Cardoza. ISBN 1-58042-072-9. 
  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.