Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...Nc6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nc3/3... a6

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Nimzowitsch Defence
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)


Nimzowitsch Defence[edit]

It seems that after 3...a6!? Black has given away his pawn for nothing, but the pawn can be regained by 4...Nb4, 5...Nf6 and then Nbxd5. Having a pawn on a6 is constructive because it denies White's bishop the ability to check on b5 which would be bad for black as white has a pawn on d5 for the time being. White's main option here is to accept black's counter gambit with:

4. exd5

Theory table[edit]

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

'1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 a6'


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  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.