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
Parent: Starting position

1. c3 · Saragossa Opening[edit | edit source]

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, Colle system, or Macleod Attack where the pawn structure is generally c3, d4, e3, or e5 depending on black's moves.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Chess.com master database[edit | edit source]

The Saragossa Opening was played 494 times in games in the Chess.com master database

Approximate chances[edit | edit source]

White win 30%, Draw 26%, Black win 44%.

Next move popularity[edit | edit source]

Nf6 28%, d5 19%, e5 11%, c5 10%, f5 6%, g6 4%, b6 3%, d6 2%, e6 2%, other moves 2%

Lichess master database[edit | edit source]

The Saragossa Opening was played 258 times in games in the Lichess master database

Approximate chances[edit | edit source]

White win 31%, Draw 34%, Black win 34%.

Next move popularity[edit | edit source]

Nf6 34%, d5 24%, e5 12%, c5 10%, g6 6%, b6 5%, f5 5%, d6 2%, other moves 2%

Theory table[edit | edit source]

1.c3

  1 2  
  c3
Nf6
d4
 
  ...
d5
d4
 
=
  ...
e5
d4
 
See Sicilian Defence (but played by White) ...
...
c4
 
=
Lopez Opening ...
...
e4
 
 

References[edit | edit source]

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

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

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