Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...f6

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Damiano 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 f6
ECO code: C40
Parent: King's Knight Opening

2... f6? - Damiano Defence[edit]

White may take the pawn with 3.Nxe5 because retaking with 3... fxe5 would result in either the loss of a rook after 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qxe5+ Qe7 6. Qxh8 or an irresistible attack after 4... Ke7 5.Qxe5+ Kf7 6. Bc4+ (the rest of White's pieces come out with gain of time) d5! (best. If simply 6... Kg6 7. Qf5+ Kh6 8. d4+ g5 9. h4 Black is getting mated) 7. Bxd5+ Kg6 8. Bxb7! again winning a rook because if 8... Bxb7 then 9. Qf5+, with a similar line as to above.

The only chance for Black after 3. Nxe5 that does not lose immediately is 3... Qe7, but White has a large advantage after 4. Nf3 Qxe4+ 5. Be2 because of his large lead in development.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6


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