Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...b6

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Owen's Defence
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 b6
ECO code: B00
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

1. e4 b6 Owen's Defense




The Owen's Defence, named after John Owen, is a very rare and uncommon response to the King’s pawn game as white can easily control the center with 2. d4 and usually black fianchettos the dark-squared bishop, the Owen’s defence is still popular among club players and this opening can be transposed to an English opening or other lines.

White generally responds to Owen's Defence with 2. d4, preparing to take over the centre.

Theory table


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1.e4 b6

2 3 4

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