Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nf6/3. Nxe5/3...Nxe4/4. Qe2/4...Qe7/5. Qxe4
|Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4|
Petrov's Defence, Damiano Variation[edit | edit source]
5. Qxe4[edit | edit source]
At this point, black can no longer afford to maintain symmetry (5...Qxe5 6. Qxe5+ and black is down a queen for no compensation). Instead, 5...d6 (or 5...f6) offers a pawn for some compensation. While it is unclear if it is objectively enough, it offers non-trivial practical chances.
While this position almost only occurs among beginners, the pawn sacrifice can offer interesting play up to fairly high levels.
Theory table[edit | edit source]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4
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