Chess Opening Theory/1. b4/1...e5

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Sokolsky 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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Sokolsky Opening[edit]

1. b4 e5[edit]

Black plays the most common reply, this pawn move adds pressure to the center while freeing the bishop on f8 to take White's b4 pawn. Now a3 and Bb2 are good followups.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. b4 e5

2 3
Bb2
Bxb4
Bxe5
Nf6
=
a3
d5
Bb2
a5
=
b5
d5
Bb2
Nd7
=
...
Nf6
Bb2
Bc5
=

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References[edit]

  • Eric Schiller (2002). Unorthodox Chess Openings (Second Edition ed.). Cardoza. ISBN 1-58042-072-9. 
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.