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The Anderssen Opening is a relatively offbeat way to start the game. It was named after Adolf Anderssen, and starts off with a3.


The Anderssen opening does not have much theory. It is mostly played for psychological advantage, or as a joke.

One of the most common responses is d5. This controls the center and utilizes the wasted move that white played.

However, it could transfer into the Mengarini's Opening after black plays,

2. e4 Nf6

3. Nc3

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