Four Knights Game

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6

The Four Knights is a double king pawn opening in which both players develop their knights to ideal squares, pointed towards the center. Formerly considered a bit of a dinosaur, this opening has become somewhat popular again recently; it can lead to either sharp attacks or closed, maneuvering struggles.


  • Fairly natural play
  • Sound
  • Healthy


  • Sometimes drawish
  • Could be a closed position, not ideal for 1.e4 players
  • Sometimes overly simplistic

Famous Practitioners: Nigel Short

Learn The Four Knights Game

Learn The Four Knights Game

Learn the key ideas and main lines for both sides in the Four Knights Game.
17 min
10 Challenges
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