Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...a6/2. c4

St. George 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 a6 2. c4

St. George Defence edit

2. c4 edit

At first sight, it looks like a refutation of St Georges Defence. But Black keeps the powerful ability to play 2...e5, transposing into an open game where White have a misplaced pawn on c4.

2...b5 looks compromised as Black will lose one of the main benefit of the St Georges : the power at the queen side.

Theory table edit

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'1.e4 a6 2.c4'


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