Chess Opening Theory/1. b3/1...Nf6

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Nimzovich-Larsen 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)
Moves: 1. b3 Nf6

Nimzovich-Larsen Attack[edit | edit source]

1...Nf6[edit | edit source]

In this response, black develops a piece without committing to a pawn opening.

White normally completes the fianchetto through 2. Bb2, and black sets up the same pattern by attempting 2...g6 (where the knight shields the pawn.) White may then send out the kings knight with 3.Nf3, or claim the center with 3.e4 (with the knight being pinned).

Less common is 2.Nf3, which lets black setup a fianchetto of his own.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

FICS Games Database shows the most common responses for white are Bb2 (64%), Nf3 (23%) and e3 (8%).

Theory table[edit | edit source]

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

1.b3 Nf6
2 3
Indian Variation Bb2
- Bb2
- Bb2
- Bb2
- Nf3

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