Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nf6/3. Nxe5/3...Nxe4/4. Qe2/4...Qe7/5. Qxe4

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Petrov's 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)
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]

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

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4

5 6 7 8
Damiano Variation Qxe4
d6
d4
dxe5
dxe5
Nc6
Bb5
Bd7
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