Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...a6/2. Bc4
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< Chess Opening Theory  1. e4  1...a6
St. George Defence  



Position in ForsythEdwards Notation(FEN)
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St. George Defence[edit]
2.Bc4[edit]
It's tempting for Black to play 2...b5 but it's a trap : 3. Bxf7+ Kxf7 4. Qh5+!. If now 4. ... Kf6?? then 5. Qf5++, 4. ... Ke6?? transposes to the same line after 5. Qd5+ Kf6 6. Qf5# checkmate. The only evasion of mate is 4. ... g6 5. Qd5+ any 6. Qxa8 and White wins a rook.
Instead, 2...e6 is sound. 2. Nf6 is good too : 3. e5 d5
Theory table[edit]
For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.
'1.e4 a6 2.Bc4'
2  

... e6 
=  
... b5 
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