Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...Na6

Lemming 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 Na6
ECO code: B00
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

Lemming DefenceEdit


The Lemming Defense is considered a weak response to the King's Pawn Opening, as it develops the Knight to an inferior square, allows White quick and easy development, and opens no lines for developing Black's pieces. Therefore, the Lemming Defense is very uncommon. It also enables the white to capture the knight with the f1 bishop, doubling black’s pawns.

Theory tableEdit

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

1. e4 Na6?!


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  • Eric Schiller (2002). Unorthodox Chess Openings (second edition ed.). Cardoza. ISBN 1-58042-072-9. p. 302