" Small food and great welcome make happy feast. " [William Shakespeare]


Some advice to learn the Petroff Defence .

After : 1 ) e4 - e5 2 ) Nf3 - Nf6

On 10 games :

5 times /10 one will play you 3 ) Nxe5 - ...

3 times /10 one will play you 3 ) d4 - ...

2 times /10 one will paly you one exotic variation ( example : 3 ) d3 - ... ou 3 ) Bc4 - ... )

 

A ) What can j do on 3 ) Cxe5 - ... ?

 

- The first reply has studied is : 3 ) ... - d6

- You must to study the Cochrane Gambit

 

Cochrane Gambit : 96 Games 52 White Win ( 54 % ) 11 Draw ( 13 % ) 32 Black Win ( 33 % )

Style : Aggressive Difficulty : Strong Use : Rare

 

- Then , most of the time the White repatriate their Knight in f3 : 4 ) Nf3 - ...

- You have to recuperate the pawn with 4 ) ... - Nxe4

- Now I advice you the Jaenisch Variation or the Marshall Variation . These two variations are solid and simple enough to play .

 

Jaenisch Variation : 625 Games 238 White Win ( 38 % ) 249 Draw ( 41 % ) 135 Blanck Win ( 21 % )

Style : Solid Difficulty : Average Use : Current

 

Marshall Variation : 481 Games 159 White Win ( 33 % ) 214 Draw ( 45 % ) 108 Black Win ( 22 % )

Style : Neutral Difficulty : Average Use : Current

 

- On the other hand avoid the Tchigorine Variation far more delicate to play for a beginner

 

B ) What can j do on 3 ) d4 - ... ?

- I advice you the Steinitz I Variation that comprises only 2 or 3 game lines .

 

Steinitz I Variation : 88 Games 31 White Win ( 35 % ) 40 Draw ( 45% ) 17 Black Win ( 19 % )

Style : Neutral Difficulty : Aveage Use : Average

 

C ) What can j do on Exotic Variations ?

- You have to Look them at least once to avoid a bad surprise , with a particular attention on the Italian variation

 

Italienne Variation : 61 Games 33 White Win ( 54 % ) 12 Draw ( 20 % ) 16 Black Win ( 26 % )

Style : Neutral Difficulty : Strong Use : Rare

 

 


[ Return ]