Chess Opening Theory/1. b4/1...e5/2. Bb2
White fianchettos his bishop right away, attacking e5 but leaving b4 unguarded. White hopes that black's central pawn will be worth more than a flank pawn. This is a relatively uncharted opening. Black can try:
- 2...Bxb4 which results in 3. Bxe5 with an unclear position
- 2...d6 which protects black's pawn on e5, but removes the attack on b4.
- 2...d5 which takes control of the center, but still allows 3. Bxe5 Bxb4, with an unclear position.
- 2...Nc6? is a bad move because after 3. b5! white wins a pawn after the knight moves with 4. Bxe5.
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