Opening System for Black versus 1.e4 or 1.d4
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White 5th Move Alternatives
3.Nc3 d5 4.e5 Ne4! 5.f3, 5.Nf3, 5.h3, and 5.Qf3
White avoids capturing the black Knight on e4.
These rarely played options offer Black excellent counter-play!
White Exchanges on d5
3.Nc3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Nxd5
White captures twice on d5, but Black has an improved version
of the Scandinavian Defense which Magnus quite likes.
White Captures Once on d5
3.Nc3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Nf3
3.Nc3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Bc4
Black has rapid development and active piece play.
White’s e4 Gambit
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.???
White sacrifices the e4 pawn, but does gain some time.
Bd3 v Pirc Defense
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3
A a solid approach that gives Black a comfortable game
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