Winning with 1….e5

We learn something new all the time as long as we remain open. Until yesterday I was one of those people who assumed that after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Black could not reasonably play for a win if all that White wanted was a draw. But now I see that 4…Bd6 keeps the game going.

Here’s a game between two super strong opponents in which Black triumphs with this odd looking move:

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Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: