Chess Opening Theory/1. c3

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Saragossa 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)


Moves: 1.c3
ECO code: A00

Saragossa Opening[edit]


A rarely played move as it takes away the Knight's developing square c3. It is likely to transpose into a London System, Torre attack or Colle system, where the pawn structure is generally c3, d4, e3.


No statistics as 1. c3 occurs rarely among serious chess players.

Theory table[edit]

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


1 ...
d4 =
2 ...

= See Sicilian Defence

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  • Eric Schiller (2002). Unorthodox Chess Openings (Second Edition ed.). Cardoza. ISBN 1-58042-072-9.