Chess Opening Theory/1. b4/1...e5/2. Bb2

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Sokolsky 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)


Sokolsky OpeningEdit

2. Bb2Edit

White fianchettos his bishop right away, attacking e5 but leaving b4 unguarded. White hopes that black's central pawn will be worth more than a flank pawn. This is a relatively uncharted opening. Black can try:

  • 2...Bxb4 which results in 3. Bxe5 with an unclear position
  • 2...Nc6 which protects black's pawn on e5 while again threatening white's pawn on b4
  • 2...d6 which protects black's pawn on e5, but removes the attack on b4

Theory tableEdit

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

1. b4 e5 2. Bb2

2 3
Sokolsky Opening Bb2

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