Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...h5

Pickering 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 h5
ECO code: B00
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Goldsmith Defense/Pickering Defence/Rook Gambit/Reversed Kadas Variation/Beaver's Claw edit

1...h5?! edit

The Goldsmith Defence, also known as Rook Gambit, is an uncommon and a weak response to 1. e4. This is a rather useless move that does nothing to control the centre and seriously weakens Black’s kingside. It threatens to bring the h-Rook into the game but can be easily stopped with d4, and White is already in control of the centre and has a better activity on pieces.

Overall, this defence is not good and is never seen in serious play, but this opening can be funny and useful for trolling in a chess game.

Theory table edit

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1. e4 h5?!

Pickering Defence d4

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