Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...e6/2. c4

Queen's Pawn 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)


Queen's Pawn OpeningEdit

2. c4Edit

White keeps the game in the realm of Queen pawn openings with this move. Most responses (like 2...Nf6 or 2...e4) transpose to other openings. A unique opening order is 2...Bb4+, the Keres Defense. This is usually also a transpositional tool, usually transposing into the Bogo-Indian Defense after 3.Bd2. However, even 3. Nc3 (then transposing into the Nimzo-Indian Defense) or 3. Nd2 (a unique order, but can transpose into the Bogo-Indian Defense) are both playable.

Theory tableEdit

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

1. d4 e6 2. c4
= to 1...d5 2. c4 e6
= to 1...Nf6 2. c4 e6
Keres Defence ...
English Defence ...
Dutch Defence ...

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