April 22, 2010

Two Knights Defense: How to Play 4.d4 ed

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Two Knights Defense: How to Play 4.d4 ed: This chess video is video number 4 on the Two Knights Defense and the last one which covers this chess opening. You can find the video below, and it will show you 2 proven traditional lines within 4.d4 ed of the Two Knights Defense.

To recall... The Two Knights Defense starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. By statistics, the White answer 4.d4 is the third most common one after 4.d3 and 4.Ng5. If White plays 4.d4, the chess game usually goes on along the following 3 lines (2 of them are shown in the video):

Line 1, 4.d4 ed 5.ed d5 (played often - shown in the video).
Line 2, 4.d4 ed 5.0-0 Nxe4 (second common - shown in the video too).
• Line 3, 4.d4 ed 5.0-0 Bc5 (played rarely - not shown in the video).
• Line 4, 4.d4 ed 5.Ng5 d5 (played rarely - not shown in the video).

The chess opening video below will show you Line 1 and Line 2 within 4.d4 ed of the Two Knights Defense. The opening final positions are estimated - the positions are equal. To see the video Two Knights Defense: How to Play 4.d4 ed, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Two Knights Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Two Knights Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

April 15, 2010

Two Knights Defense: How to Play a Trickiest 4.Ng5 d5

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Two Knights Defense: How to Play a Trickiest 4.Ng5 d5: This chess video on the Two Knights Defense is the second one on its play. It will show you in a visible way why this chess opening is called "a trickiest opening around..." And this is because of a possibility to play 4.Nd5 d5...

The Two Knights Defense starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. The continuation 4.Nd5 d5 is the second most common (after 4.d3 Be7), and it is the most trickiest and responsible one within the Two Knights Defense. After 4.Nd5 d5, there are the following three lines to go on with play:

• Line 1, 5.ed Na5 (which is being popular and the most simple to learn).
• Line 2, 5.ed Nxd5 (which is not so popular and not so simple to learn).
• Line 3, 5.ed Nd4 (which is being played rarely and is very complicated).

The chess video below will show you Line 1, Line 2, and Line 3. Line 3 has additional 2 sublines. The opening final positions are estimated - who is better... To see the video Two Knights Defense: How to Play a Trickiest 4.Ng5 d5, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Two Knights Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Two Knights Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

April 8, 2010

Two Knights Defense: How to Play Part I

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Two Knights Defense: How to Play Part I: This chess video on the Two Knights Defense chess opening will show you 2 traditional lines on playing its common Variation 4.d3. Remember that approximately 40% of the games on the Two Knights Defense runs via 4.d3.

To recall this opening, the Two Knights Defense is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6. Then, the White's move 4.d3 initiates the Variation 4.d3. Within this variation, the following 2 lines are the most common: Line 1 goes 4.d3 Be7 and Line 2 runs 4.d3 h6. The video below will show you the details.

Besides, this chess video will give you some helpful hints on the opening play in general. For example: 2 general rules of playing chess openings, chess game positions when the rules may be broken, and more. To see the video, just click the Play button below:




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To see how chess masters play the Two Knights Defense and to learn more on the topic, you are recommended to return to the Two Knights Defense - Main Page and download a PGN file on this opening. It contains 32 chess games played in 2010 by FIDE players rated 2250 and above.

April 7, 2010

Two Knights Defense

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This chess opening lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Two Knights Defense. The lesson includes the text description, 4 videos, and a PGN file. The PGN file can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Find Video 1 on this page, Videos 2-4 on others by clicking the links below.

By structure, the lesson is divided into 3 parts:
I. Two Knights Defense: Data and Description
II. Two Knights Defense: 4 Videos
III. Two Knights Defense: PGN File


I. Two Knights Defense: Data and Description

Opening Name: Two Knights Defense
Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6
ECO Codes: C55-C59

The Two Knights Defense chess opening is an Open Game which is an alternative to the Giuoco Piano. The Two Knights Defense is one of the most exciting chess openings known, and a trickiest opening around. The Two Knights Defense opening is relatively popular.

By statistics, the most common White answers to the Two Knights Defense are the following 3 moves: [4.d3 ~ 40%], [4.Ng5 ~ 30%], [4.d4 ~ 15%]. The next 4 White moves cover the rest 15%: [4.Nc3], [4.0-0], [4.Qe2], [4.c3]. The common lines of the Two Knights Defense are the following 3:

• Common Line 1: ... 4.d3 Be7
• Common Line 2: ... 4.Ng5 d5
• Common Line 3: ... 4.d4 exd4


II. Two Knights Defense: 4 Videos

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




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Find Video 2 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 2: Two Knights Defense - How to Play Variation 4.d3

Find Video 3 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 3: Two Knights Defense - How to Play a Trickest 4.Ng5 d5

Find Video 4 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 4: Two Knights Defense - How to Play 4.d4 ed


III. Two Knights Defense: PGN File

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "The Two Knights Defense Chess Opening." The file will help you learn more... You will see the general description of the Two Knights Defense chess opening and 32 chess games played in 2010 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 Two Knights Defense PGN File, click the following link:
The Two Knights Defense Chess Opening (22 KB)

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