February 25, 2010

Hungarian Defense

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This chess opening lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Hungarian Defense. The lesson includes the textual description, 2 chess videos, and a PGN file. Video 1 is on this page, Video 2 on another, and the PGN file can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

By structure, this lesson is divided into 3 parts:
I. Hungarian Defense: Data and Description
II. Hungarian Defense: 2 Videos
III. Hungarian Defense: PGN File


I. Hungarian Defense: Data and Description

Opening Name: Hungarian Defense
Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7
ECO Code: C50

The Hungarian Defense chess opening is an Open Game which is used to avoid some sharp variations of the Italian Game and Evans Gambit. The Hungarian Defense is a solid opening, but it is being played rarely. White is usually slightly better. There are many ways of its decent play.

Officially, the Hungarian Defense has 2 variations, as shown below:
• Main, C50: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7
• Tartakower variation, C50: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 Ne4

By statistics, White plays any of the following 5 moves: [4.d4 ~ 40%], [4.0-0 ~ 25%], [4.Nc3 ~ 15%], [4.d3 ~ 10%], and [4.d3 ~ 10%]. The White move 4.d4 is the most common answer to the Hungarian Defense. It may transpose into the Two Knights Defense, Scotch Game, and into some others.


II. Hungarian Defense: 2 Videos

To see a general picture of the Hungarian Defense, its line popularity, the designated moves, you are recommended to replay Video 1: Hungarian Defense - General Information. To start the video and learn this opening in a visible way, just click the Play button below:




• If the opening video hasn't shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

Find Video 2 on another separate page, by clicking this link:
Video 2: Hungarian Defense - How to Play

Note: Video 2 will show you 3 proven lines and Tartakower variation.
Note: You can locate Video 2 at the bottom of the page open.


III. Hungarian Defense: PGN File

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "The Hungarian Defense Chess Opening." The file will help you learn more... You will see the general description, respond moves statistics, how to play, and 32 chess games played in 2009-2007 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

Within the file, you will see the players' ratings without their names. The openings positions were estimated by a computer program. To read the PGN File, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program.

To download the Hungarian Defense PGN File, click the following link:
The Hungarian Defense Chess Opening (25 KB)

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