Petrov's Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6

In Petrov's Defense, Black responds to the attack on his e5 pawn by counterattacking the e4 pawn with the knight. This often leads to a trade of pawns on the e-file.


  • Black develops rapidly
  • Very sound
  • Solid defense


  • In the open positions that result, White has a slight development lead
  • White has some very drawish options
  • There is a lot of theory in some lines
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