Chess Opening Theory/1. f4/1...f5

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Symmetrical Variation
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. f4 f5
ECO code: A02-A03
Parent: 1._f4

The Symmetrical Variation[edit | edit source]

Not a very popular line for Black because it can lead to a drawish game if Black copies White's moves. This opening has only 37 games played by masters in the Lichess Master Database. There are two ways of playing this opening: 1. immediately disrupting the closeness with 2.e4, or 2. playing solidly and developing quietly.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Approximate Chances
White wins 27%, Draws 41%, Loses 32%

Theory Table[edit | edit source]

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

2 3 4 5
Wagner-Zwitersch Gambit e4
fxe4
d3
exd3
Bxd3
Nf6
Nf3
e6
=
Swiss Gambit e4
fxe4
Nc3
Nf6
g4
...
...
...
=/+
Nf3
Nf6
g3
g6
Bg2
Bg7
O-O
O-O
=

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.