Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...a6/2. d4/2...b5/3. c4/3...Bb7

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St. George Defence:Three Pawns Attack
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)


St. George Defence/Three Pawns Attack[edit]

In this variation, defending with 4. Bd3 is bad, as 4...bxc4 wins a pawn. Instead, 4. Nc3 is perfect because 4...b4 can be answered with 5. Qb3. 4. Nd2 is also an interesting option. The knight blocks the bishop, but his defensive potential is increased as both the c-pawn and the e-pawn are protected.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of notation, see Chess Opening Theory Table.

1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5 3.c4 Bb7


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