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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Qh5

Parham Attack
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)

rnbqkbnr/pppp1ppp/8/4p2Q/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR

Parham AttackEdit

2. Qh5Edit

This move violates one of the main principles in chess by developing the queen too early. As the e5 pawn is under attack, Black must defend it with 2...Nc6.

Note that this position allows one of the quickest possible mate for White if Black plays 2...Ke7 (3. Qxe5#).

Theory tableEdit

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

1. e4 e5 2. Qh5

2 3 4 5 6
...
Nc6
Bc4
g6
Qf3
Nf6
Ne2
Bg7
Nbc3
d6
=
...
g6??
Qxe5+
Ne7
Qxh8
+-
...
Nf6?
Qxe5+
Be7
+/-
...
Ke7??
Qxe5#
N/A
1-0

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Modern Chess Openings: MCO-14. 1999. Nick de Firmian, Walter Korn. ISBN 0-8129-3084-3.