Early Deviations in Open Games include quite a lot of different openings, and since 2. Nf3 is extensively examined in our Lines 349-413, and 2. Bc4 in Line 348, other sensible moves can be found in Line 347.
King’s Gambit (2. f4) is a romantic opening, and though it is not quite refuted, its reputation is very shaky from a modern chess theory point of view. Black has quite a few ways to obtain at least equal chances, but complications that very often occur in this opening are the reason that King’s Gambit is occasionally seen even in grandmaster games.
Center Game (2. d4) is another opening without many followers these days, since White is the one that has to be careful.
Vienna Game (2. Nc3), on the other hand, can still be seen, even on the highest level. White is typically not particularly ambitious in the early opening phase, but Black still does need to exercise some caution to overcome small opening problems. After 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3, the main choices for Black include 3… Bc5, 3… d5 and 3… c6.
[Diagram: White to Move] Black’s counterplay is mainly focused on the c4-pawn, and if White can solve it, he will seize a very strong initiative. Any ideas?
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