Classic review: Philidore's masterpiece in defense

Classic review: Philidore's masterpiece in defense

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Philidor defence is an opening recommended by Louis Lopez in the 16th century because it was believed that after 2.… Nc6, 3. Bb5 was a disadvantage for Black. People don't think so today. Most people who have studied this opening also recommended this opening for completely other considerations. He believes that Black can counterattack with 3.… f5. It can be seen that... the f5 move proved not good, although it creates opportunities and can set up several clever traps. But what kind of situation did this opening leave to the middle game? A tight, narrow battle. Despite this, there are still people playing like this today, and this kind of opening is not common among the current masters. If Black knows how to defend, he can often defeat an impatient opponent. There are many pitfalls, some of them are now introduced.

This game of chess is a masterpiece of the famous world master Philidor's teacher, and was played in Paris in 1750. In the subsequent period of time, countless chess players fell into this trap. His opponent, the noble knight, was the first to fall into this trap. 

Philidor has two familiar contributions, one is Philidor’s opening (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6), this kind of start is quite safe, but with a little passiveness; the other is Philidor’s position This is a kind of endgame. It is about the use of the Rook and King vs. the Rook Pawn and King very frequently. When Philidor was alive, he deafeated many players in the world but his greatest contribution should be to transform chess from three-axes style to a rational strategy style. It should be said that he is the originator of modern chess. Of course, this is just my personal opinion. 

His famous saying: Pawn is the soul of chess! It is a classic among the famous chess sayings. When he was thriving and undefeatable, he also used his pawns like a god, and summed up some laws. For example, the pawn is in front of the horse or bishop; if there is no pawn in front of the other troops, don’t start the attack; if the pawn crosses line 5, it is easy to be attacked by the opponent's pawn on line 6; it is very cost-effective to exchange the f-pawn for the opponent's e-pawn (abandon The theoretical basis of opening) and so on.