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