Chess Opening Theory/1. h4

Obrona bandopion
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. h4
ECO code: A00
Parent: Starting position

1. h4 · Desprez OpeningEdit

The Desprez Opening (or Kádas Opening) is a rather useless move that does nothing to assist the important central squares. No top masters have ever used it in professional play, although some, most notably Hikaru Nakamura, play it during blitz. It could be said that White has made his position worse, as castling Kingside is now less attractive. As a result, this move is rarely seen among serious chess players. However, if you want to throw off your opponent this could be a good starting move.

Black's responsesEdit

Black has many decent replies.

  • 1...d5, staking a claim to the centre and simultaneously making 2. Rh3 impossible.
  • 1... e5, also staking a claim in the center and helping develop Black's Kingside pieces
  • 1... g6 is rarely played, as it makes 1. h4 seem logical as to undermining Black's fianchetto.


No statistics as 1. h4 is rarely played.


  • Eric Schiller (2002). Unorthodox Chess Openings (Second Edition ed.). Cardoza. ISBN 1-58042-072-9. 

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