Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...d5/2. Bg5

Levitsky Attack
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)

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Levitsky Attack or Queen's Bishop AttackEdit

2. Bg5Edit

Bg5 is an immediate attack by white, in hopes of slowing black's development via pinning the pawn on e7. This position can be negated by black developing Nf6, or a pawn move f6. usually, the bishop cannot remain in its position for long, necessitating a loss of tempo.

Theory tableEdit

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

1. d4 d5 2. Bg5

Black's main options are:

2 3 4
...
Nf6
Nc3
 
= to 1...Nf6 2. Bg5 d5
Bg5
h6
Bh4
c6
e3
Qb6
=
...
f6
Bh4
Nh6
e3
Nf5
=
...
c5
dxc5
f6
Bh4
e5
+=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.