Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Bc4

Bishop's 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. e4 e5 2. Bc4

Bishop's OpeningEdit

2. Bc4Edit

This ancient opening is seldom seen in modern play since black has no difficulties in equalizing the game.

White targets the weak f7 pawn and keeps the possibility of playing a deadly f2-f4. Unlike in 2. Nf3, Black's e5 pawn is not under attack, giving him a wider range of choice. Black's main worry is the Qh5 threat. That's why he shouldn't play Be7 or Ne7.

The main choice is 2...Nf6, reacting to White's passivity by attacking the e4 pawn and taking the initiative. Moreover, it prevents Qh5.

Black has still the possibility of mirroring White's move with 2...Bc5.

2...Nc6 is playable, although a bit passive.

The Calabrese Countergambit (2...f5) is very sharp, but may be a deadly weapon if mastered correctly.

2...c6, the Philidor Counterattack prepares d5 but is often considered to be too slow.

2...d6 may transpose to Philidor's Defence but not necessarily (Black should expect 3. f4).

Theory tableEdit

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

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4

2 3 4 5 6 7
Berlin Defence ...
Nf6
=
Italian Game ...
Nc6
Nf3=
Classical Defence ...
Bc5
Nc3=
Calabrese Countergambit ...
f5!?
⩲/±
Philidor Counterattack ...
c6
=
...
d6
=
Sidelines
Anderssen Counter-Gambit ...
b5?!
±
...
c5?!
⩲/±
...
Qg5?
+ −

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