Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...e6/2. c4

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Queen's Pawn 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. d4 e6 2. c4

Queen's Pawn Opening[edit | edit source]

2. c4[edit | edit source]

White keeps the game in the realm of Queen pawn openings with this move. Most responses (like 2...Nf6 or 2...f5) transpose to other openings. A unique opening order is 2...Bb4+, the Keres Defense. This is usually also a transpositional tool, usually transposing into the Bogo-Indian Defense after 3.Bd2. However, even 3. Nc3 (then transposing into the Nimzo-Indian Defense) or 3. Nd2 (a unique order, but can transpose into the Bogo-Indian Defense) are both playable.

Theory table[edit | edit source]

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1. d4 e6 2. c4
= to 1...d5 2. c4 e6
= to 1...Nf6 2. c4 e6
Keres Defence ...
English Defence ...
Dutch Defence ...

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References[edit | edit source]