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.

Closed Hanham Variation

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

Example Games