I'm a low ranking player and always wondering why for example after:

[FEN ""]
[StartPly "8"]

1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 e6 4. Nf3 Bb4+

white often plays Nc3, so why this and not c3 to kick out the bishop ?

  • I (~1800-1900) agree with you. I would even call Nc3 a mistake. c3 to gain a tempo looks a much better move to me. And if you look at the Lichess database 79% play c3 in this position, while only 5% play Nc3.
    – Ian Bush
    Mar 10 at 19:10
  • Thanks, I didn't think to have a look at the database. Your comment should have been an answer to be marked as correct answer. Beside, how did you edit to add the checkboard ? Mar 10 at 19:55
  • For the checkboard it's ok I saw you add the fen source Mar 10 at 19:58


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