Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nf6/3. Nxe5/3...Nxe4/4. Qe2/4...Qe7/5. Qxe4
|Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4|
Petrov's Defence, Damiano VariationEdit
At this point, black can no longer afford to maintain symmetry (5...Qxe5 6. Qxe5+ and black is down a queen for no compensation). Instead, 5...d6 (or 5...f6) offers a pawn for some compensation. While it is unclear if it is objectively enough, it offers non-trivial practical chances.
While this position almost only occurs among beginners, the pawn sacrifice can offer interesting play up to fairly high levels.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4
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