Philidor Defense

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 ¬†where 2… d6 marks the Philidor Defense.

White’s usual third move options include 3.Bc4, 3.Nc3 and 3.d4 with the later being the strongest.

Philidor Counter Gambit

Hanham Variation

White can avoid the Hanham with:

Closed Hanham Variation

White gets no tactical or positional advantage by playing 4.dxe5. E.g.:

Rellstab Variaiton

Example Games