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Russian Game after Ng8-f6.

The Russian Game is one of the most popular open openings and was named after Russian chess players. It occurs after the following moves:

  1. e2-e4 ; e7-e5
  2. Kg1-f3 ; Kg8-f6

In Western chess literature, another name for the opening is more often used: "Petrov's defense". The main idea of the debut is active defense through counterattack. Black prefers not to defend the e5 pawn, but to attack the e4 pawn. This approach in some cases leads to an interesting struggle. The strategic idea of this opening is the immediate counterattack of the pawn "e4", the desire to immediately seize the initiative. With accurate play, white usually manages to maintain the opening advantage, since they have the right to perform in the emerging symmetrical positions. However, a lot of interesting ideas have recently been found for black, which make it possible to complicate the game and get counter-chances. The Russian game is included in the debut repertoire of many leading grandmasters, including A. Karpov, V. Kramnik.

Responds to Russian Game[]

The white side has 2 main continuations:

Steinitz system[]

  1. d2-d4
  2. ... e5:d4 4. e4-e5 Кf6-e4 5. Фd1:d4 d7-d5 6. e5:d6 Ke4:d6
  3. ... Кf6:e4

The main variant[]

  1. Kf3:e5 ; d7-d6
  2. Ke5-f3 Кf6:e4