Petrov Defense Sidelines for White

Two interesting ways to avoid taking the e5 pawn and playing the main lines of the Petrov Defense.

For an introduction to the Petrov Defense, watch this video on the basics:

To finish the series on the Petrov, I have covered two sideline variations white can choose on move three to avoid entering the theoretical positions.

Modern Attack

The modern attack is a visually aggressive alternative to Nxe5. White plays d4 early on, breaking up black’s control in the center and hoping to seize the initiative by developing quickly. In some way, it makes more sense than the main line.

Black can already play an inaccurate move here if he is unfamiliar with the variation. On the other hand, it’s easy to learn for white, and it can be used as a simple surprise weapon.

The resulting middlegame positions seem to favor white (although they are not winning or anything).

Three Knights

The move 3. Nc3 is basically an invitation to the four knights game which is entered if black continues with Nc6. In that case, it’s no longer the Petrov. If black chooses Bb4, though, he is still in the opening he chose on move 2.

The lines after Bb4 seem very equal and sort of boring. They most often result with white having the bishop pair and doubled pawns on the c file as compensation for black. Even though that is an imbalance very welcome in the Petrov, I don’t think it’s enough for white. That’s why I think that the Three Knights are not as good as the Modern Attack, and if you want to surprise black, 3. d4 should be your weapon of choice!

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  • Can you make a video on the four knights game

    toesdoeswhoknows July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • This method helped me to draw with 1551 rated player in the tournament….😀😀😀
    Thx for this vidieo…👍👍👍

    Geethika Gamage July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • The Three Knights Game is something I’m preparing to build into as black using the Alekhine Defense. If white tries for the Scandinavian variation, I am looking at going into the Vienna game. From there, the most common response I’m getting is 3. Nf3, and that allows me to head into the Three Knights Variation. Even though it may not be recommended for White given the standard Petrov, the Transposition into the line feels good for Black when white is likely expecting a Scandinavian. To recap: 1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Bc4

    Will Lovendahl July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • Can I put the Dutch in your 1.d4 list pleas?

    PJ Power July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • 9:02 Starts three knights A.K.A C42

    Iris Zhang July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • Nice explanation

    satyam prakash July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • What about the damiano variation (3. Nxe5 Nxe4?!)

    Gave Feria July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • An idea for the middle game series is maybe plans with the marozy bind and different pawn structure or how to attack and defend properly. Also can you make a video about the English opening? I really like your channel and I want to study the English opening. (Sorry for my bad English)

    Boris Ivanchev July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • In the Three Knights the move d6 by Black after Nxe5 seems more forcing than 0-0.

    Jeffrey Miller July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • Thank for noticing me

    deshcoolman Awesomeness July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • It seems like you could transpose into a Urosov gambit position using the Modern Attack. I like it

    Psymon July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • I'm excited about all the content but I'm really looking forward to a English C4 opening video

    MjrLeegInfidel July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • 5:30 what if first play Re1 and pin the knight

    aditya jain July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • Can't wait for the endgame videos!

    Cedric Cappelle July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • Can you make some videos about the Sicilian najdorf variation?

    ma long July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply
  • First again

    Gandalf, the White July 13, 2020 12:11 pm Reply

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