Chess Opening Theory/1. f3

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Barnes Opening
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.f3
ECO code: A00

Barnes Opening[edit]

1. f3[edit]

Quite a rarely played passive starting move that gives up White's first move advantage. White's position is slightly weakened by the White King exposure to a check on the h4 - e1 diagonal. The Kingside Knight's favourite developing square f3, is also not currently possible. In fact, this is arguably the worst possible first move by White.

If Black replies 1...d5, play could go into a reverse Dutch defence, another possibility for White is to transpose into a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 1.f3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3.

Black's best move is to take advantage of the potential White King exposure to a check on the h4 - e1 diagonal. So

This move is usually a way for the white player to taunt black, especially if his rating is much higher, basically giving black an edge straight away. In this fashion, white is oftentimes seen playing 2.Kf2.


No stats as 1. f3 occurs rarely among serious chess players.

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  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.