Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...Nf6/2. Nc3/2...d5/3. Bf4

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Jobava London
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.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4

Jobava London[edit | edit source]

Sometimes referred to as the Rapport-Jobava System. This opening serves as a good surprise weapon against unprepared opponents, and in the worst case, equalizes. White often plans to threaten a knight fork on the c7 square after Nb5, usually played on the fourth or fifth move. Black typically challenges the center immediately with 3...c5 and trades their c-pawn for White's e-pawn. Alternatively, Black often plays the 3...a6 Anti-Jobava to control the b5 square or the natural 3...e6 development move. Black may also attempt 3...Bf5, developing the light-squared bishop before playing 4...e6, but it gives White an opportunity to launch a pawn storm with a tempo on the bishop through a well-timed g4 push (usually after White plays f3 or Ne5, protecting the g4 square).

Theory table[edit | edit source]

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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bf4

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