Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...g5

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Borg 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)

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Moves: 1.e4 g5?!
ECO code: B00
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Borg Defence[edit]

1...g5[edit]

The Borg (Grob spelt backwards) or Basmaniac Defence. A rare defence that Michael Basman employed in the 1980 British Championship. Although this move is generally considered inferior and weakens the kingside severely, according to Modern Chess Openings, Black is only somewhat worse.

Theory table[edit]

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

1. e4 g5?!

2 3 4
d4
h6
Bd3
d6
Ne2
c5
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References[edit]

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