Openings

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.

Pros:

  • Black develops rapidly
  • Very sound
  • Solid defense

Cons:

  • 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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