Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Symmetrical Variation


>>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<<

After 1. b4 Black can answer symmetrically with 1... b5blocking White's b-pawn and preparing to fianchetto his light-squared bishop. 


The Symmetrical Variation is a very rare defense which proves its unsoundness as a response to the Sokolsky.

There are
three major continuations for White: 2. a4, 2. Bb2 and 2. e3. All these moves lead to a better position for White. 

I. 2. a4 - the most aggressive choice:

II. 2. Bb2:

III. 2. e3:

It seems that 2. a4 is the most vigorous way to deal with the Symmetrical Variation.

>>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<<

More about the Sokolsky:
Exchange variation

Czech Defense

Outflank Variation
Main Line

Baltic Defense
King's Indian Variation

German Defense
Ware Defense
Bugayev Advance Variation
Sokolsky Gambit (Accepted)

Sokolsky Gambit (Declined)
Queen's Indian Variation
Dutch Defense

Advance Variation

Birmingham Gambit
Grigorian Variation