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:




• 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 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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