Board Position
A Half-Open Defence appealing to the attacking player. Black replies P-QB4 to White's KP (move 1, left), risking certain pawn weaknesses to begin a Q-side counter-attack - a real fighting defence! The pawn structure dictates the nature of the game played, and main play runs to either the Dragon (eg. move 8, right) or the Richter-Rauzer. Other lines include Schevengen and Najdorf Vars., the Morra and Wing (incl. Wing Deferred) Gambits, and the Close line. The Rossolimo Variation is also worth study. Board Position
White usually tries to build a strong centre with total control of his Q4, aiming to attack the castled king with a K-side battering ram of pawns, while Black tries to counter-attack mainly along the QB-file.
or Clear
or Groups
or see: 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 d6 6 Be2 g6 7 Be3 Bg7 8 0-0 0-0
9 Nb3 Be6 10 f4 Na5 11 f5 Bc4 12 Nxa5 Bxe2 13 Qxe2 Qxa5 14 g4 Qc4