Questions tagged [philidor-defense]

The Philidor Defense is the opening characterized primarily by 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6, though other move orders are often used to reach Philidor Defense positions.

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Nc6 vs Nd7 in Albin-Blackburn gambit

So while studying Philidor lines I quickly stumbled across the 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 line that usually splits off into the following notable outcomes: 4...Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 Reliving the ...
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How should I play against the Philidor defense?

As white, I often encounter the Philidor Defense by black: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 I usually play Nc3 or d4 on the next move, but is this the best move? What are some lines (advantages or ...
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Black Lion opening plans for White's 5. Bc4 line

The Black Lion is a line that can be transposed from a Philidor or Pirc defense. I play with White this line. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O c6 7.a4 Qc7 8.Re1 ...
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What should be the next move for Black?

Both sides have had equal points untill now. If the Black knight is moved, then White can move their knight with discovered check. What should Black do? [FEN ""] [StartPly "11"] ...
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How to play against the inverted Philidor opening with Black

I was playing with the Black pieces online today, and faced a very strange opening: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d3 Nf6 4. Be2 I check the database, and it seems that 4...d5 is good for ...
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Hanham Variation Philidor Defense

I want to find a way of transposing into the Hanham Variation of the Philidor Defense, without a way for White to deviate. For example, in the normal move order, White may have the move 3. Bc4 or 3. ...
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What's the best move against this variation in the Philidor Defense?

What's the best Knight move for White against this variation (loved by beginners) in the Philidor Defense? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 c5
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Pawn Structure Change in the Pirc - dxe5 or Nxe5?

As black I reached this position in a recent game [White "Somebody"] [Black "Ian Bush"] [Result "*"] [ECO "B07"] [FEN ""] [StartPly "23"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.f3 b5 6.a3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 ...
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How does the move order 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 "rule out Philidor's Defence 2...d6"?

So I was reading "An Opening Repertoire for the Positional Player", by Gufeld and Kalinich, and found the title's assertion. And I just can't think why after "1. e4 e5 2. Nc3", d6 would be bad for ...
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Is Bg5 a mistake or inaccuracy there?

[FEN ""] [STARTPLY "8"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nc6 4. c3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. Bb5 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bb3 a5 10. O-O b4 11. a3 bxc3 12. Nxc3 exd4 13. Nxd4 Ne5 14. Re1 h5 15. h3 d5 16. Nxd5 f5 ...
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What is a sharp line against the Lion?

What is a sharp line for White against the Philidor Lion: [FEN ""] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 with 4...e5 The majority of games seem to be slow positional battles where Black is quite solid. 4....
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What positional play strategy should white adopt when fighting against the Philidor exchange variation?

What are the key squares to control? What are ultra aggressive moves white can play at the advance level (expert or higher class)?
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Philidor Defence - White's attack on the center

Does white always have a very strong central attack against black in Philidor defence? I need some resource suggestions on Philidor defence theory.