Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Qh5/2...Nc6/3. Bc4/3...Nf6

Parham 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)


Parham AttackEdit

3... Nf6??Edit

Black's hotheaded desire to prove that the queen was misplaced and to take the queen has backfired. The next move will be Qxf7# (standing for mate). The one natural developing move leads to mate - and that is why black has to always be careful for scholar's mate.

Theory tableEdit

1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6

White only requires one move here 4. Qxf7#

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  • Illustrated Chess for Children. 1960. Harvey Kidder. Publisher, Doubleday ISBN 0-385-05764-4.