May 8, 2010

Four Knights Game

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This chess opening lesson will help you get initial knowledge on the Four Knights Game. The opening lesson includes the text description of the Four Knights Game, 4 chess videos (the links below), and PGN File "The Four Knights Chess Opening" (the download link at the bottom).

Video 1 will show you a general picture on the opening, Videos 2 - 4 how to play the opening. PGN File "The Four Knights Chess Opening" is 32 chess games played in the year 2010 by FIDE masters rated 2250 and higher - to see the latest tendencies on playing the Four Knights Game.


I. Four Knights Game: Data and Description

Opening Name: Four Knights Game
Opening Type: Open Game [1.e4 e5 ...]
Moves Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
ECO Codes: C47-C49

The Four Knights Game is an Open Game. The opening was very popular until 1940. Today, it is relatively popular at all levels. It is a quite positional play, with some sharp variations. The opening is popular among the beginners who stick to the rule "develop the knight before the bishop."

By statistics, White answers the Four Knights Game by the following moves: [4.Bb5 ~ 35%], [4.d4 ~ 30%], [4.Other ~ 35%: Bc4, g3, a3, or Be2]. Roughly, the Four Knights Game opening has 9 playing lines (of them: 4 most common lines and 5 less common), which you can see in Video 1 below.


II. Four Knights Game: 4 Videos

Video 1 will show you a general picture on the Four Knights Game, the answering statistics, 4 most common lines, 5 less common, and 5 variations. To start Video 1: Four Knights Game - General Information and see the opening in a visible way, 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: Four Knights Game - How to Play 4.Bb5 Bb4

Find Video 3 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 3: Four Knights Game - How to Play Scotch Variations

Find Video 4 on another page, by clicking this link:
Video 4: Four Knights Game - How to Play Belgrade Gambit


III. Four Knights Game: PGN File

Just below, find the link to download the PGN File "The Four Knights Game Chess Opening." The file will help you learn more... You will see the general description of the Four Knights Game chess opening and 32 chess games played in the year 2010 by FIDE masters 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 Four Knights Game PGN File, click the following link:
The Four Knights Game Chess Opening (23 KB)

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