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Openingtrainer Philidor

It's time for a new chess opening: the Philidor Defense! The opening is named after a French chess player, one of the strongest players in the 18th century. This opening is created after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6. This is not the best defense for Black. Most players choose to defend the center pawn by developing the knight. The dubious reputation does not mean that White can simply walk away with the win easily. Accurate play is required!

As is often the case, the best way to punish passive play is to actively develop yourself. In the first example, the best move is the active 1.Bc4, after which the bishop covers a nice diagonal.

Yet openings like the Philidor offer a lot of room for creativity. In the third example you can see that White can cleverly break the silver rules here by quickly playing the f-pawn. Suddenly White has a mega pawn center!

What do you have to do?

Try to find the best ways to improve your position. There is some room for creativity!

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