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King's Knight Opening (C40)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3

Number of games in database: 672
Years covered: 1512 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 52.2%
   Black wins 33.6%
   Draws 14.1%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
NN  14 games
Juan Sebastian Morgado  9 games
Jutta Hempel  7 games
Emil Joseph Diemer  24 games
Pavel Skatchkov  18 games
Jutta Hempel  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Tal vs Lutikov, 1964
Greco vs NN, 1620
Morphy vs J McConnell, 1849
NN vs E J Diemer, 1978
K Zambelly vs Maroczy, 1897
NN vs Bronstein, 1954
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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 672  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Damiano vs NN 1-013 1512 analyseC40 King's Knight Opening
2. Polerio vs G da Cutri 0-113 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
3. NN vs Greco 0-116 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
4. Greco vs NN 1-011 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
5. NN vs Greco 0-110 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
6. NN vs Greco 0-112 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
7. NN vs Greco 0-121 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
8. Greco vs NN 1-07 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
9. Greco vs NN 1-011 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
10. Greco vs NN 1-08 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Greco vs NN 1-011 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
12. NN vs Greco 0-112 1620 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
13. C Lolli vs NN 1-08 1750 CasualC40 King's Knight Opening
14. Hols vs Bucker 0-110 1792 NRWC40 King's Knight Opening
15. Berlin vs Wroclaw 0-144 1831 City corrC40 King's Knight Opening
16. F Slous vs Bone 1-020 1835 LondonC40 King's Knight Opening
17. Mayet vs Hanstein 1-020 1837 BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
18. Mayet vs Hanstein 1-038 1837 MatchC40 King's Knight Opening
19. P Bilguer vs Von Der Lasa 0-133 1839 BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
20. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa ½-½30 1839 BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
21. P Bilguer vs Von Der Lasa 0-147 1839 UnknownC40 King's Knight Opening
22. Staunton vs Cochrane 1-043 1841 London m1C40 King's Knight Opening
23. Cochrane vs Staunton 1-020 1842 London m2C40 King's Knight Opening
24. Cochrane vs Staunton  1-032 1842 London m2C40 King's Knight Opening
25. Jaenisch vs A Petrov  1-034 1844 St PetersburgC40 King's Knight Opening
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Dec-21-08  WhiteRook48: I thought King's Knight Opening was 1. Nf3
Jan-24-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Silverstrike> 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 and black is o.k. :D
Feb-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Yet again <Opening of the Day <Brazilian Defense
<1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Qe7>>
>
: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Jun-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Opening of the Day <Latvian Gambit <1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5>>>

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Aug-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: There are 5 ECO main groups and 100 subdivisions for each. So one might expect a <C40> only every 500 days. Certainly not!

<Brazilian> feelings return after only 191 days.

Mar-14-10  drukenknight: It's not a latvian but I dont know where else to put the mad qf6 attack; I see this quite regularly on the internet:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Qf6
3. d4 exd4
4. e5 Qe7
5. Bf4 c5
6. Nbd2 (this is a planned pattern I am going in)

.... f6
7. Bc4 (crap pc recommends Bb5)

7...Nc6 (...fxe5 maybe =)
8. O-O g5
9. exf6 Qxf6
10. Re1+ Nge7
11. Bxg5

after 11 Bxg5 can our mad friend survive this?


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Apr-05-10  FiveofSwords: drunkenknight, i dont really understand this 3. d4 in your line It seems to simply help black. I would think its much more natual to play 3.Nc3 to attmept to exploit the odd position of the queen.
Apr-07-10  drukenknight: 5swords: it basically gambits a pawn in order to generate an attack. The combination of an attack (on blacks K) as well as chasing the black Q creates very tricky positions. I dont see anything wrong with gambiting a pawn out of a perfectly symmetrical/balanced position, so we dont have that exactly but it's only move 3 so how bad can it be?
Dec-31-10  Penguincw: This position can lead to many different openings. Nc6 is the best and most popular choice. Nf6 is the Petroff or Russian Game. d5 is the Elephant Gambit. d6 is the Philidor Defense. f5 is the Latvian Gambit. f6 is the worst response and it is called the Damaino Defense. That's just to name some.


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Mar-09-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Brazilian Opening
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7
Mar-22-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Damaino Defense
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6

Advice for white : Sac a knight on e5.

Advice for black : Don't play this opening.

Apr-28-11  squaresquat: Islam is to God what Steinitz was to chess
One articulates a clear way to chess victory; the other a clear way to be with God.
Sep-19-11  Robert Hill: My game at a Corr. Site: I am 1300 on this site and beat a 1550 rated player. But I have been getting some lessons from a 2450 rated player.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 fxe4?(Qf6) 4.Qh5+ Ke7 5.Nc3 g6 6.Nxg6+ Ke6 7.Qe5+ Kf7 8.Nxh8#

Jan-20-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Elephant Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5


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Feb-09-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Latvian Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5


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Mikhail Tal and Alexey Shirov probably played this opening a lot.

Mar-26-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Brazilian Defense
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7


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Apr-09-12  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Damiano Defence
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6


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Worst response, and that's why it's not popular, any more.

Jul-27-12  e4 resigns: horrid blunder by black on move 1:
1.e4 e5??
(an improvement is c5)
Sep-01-12  the eel: I gave up the Latvian Gambit 10 years ago after finding no good answer to 3 Nxe5. Recently I have been experimenting on-line with 3-- Nf6 with good results ( one defeat in 10). Black gets a lasting initative,for a pawn sac, in most games.I am considering using the line OTB. I am comfortable with all other Latvian variations and particularly like the lines after 3 Bc4.Does anyone know of a refutation of 3-- Nf6?
Aug-08-13  GumboGambit: For those that enjoy open play with exciting battles, Sicilian Defense doesnt hold a candle to some of these C40 games.
Aug-29-13  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Latvian Gambit

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5

White wins 47.4%
Draws happen 13.5%
Black wins 39.1%

Opening Explorer

Seems like a really decisive opening.

Aug-30-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <he eel: I gave up the Latvian Gambit 10 years ago after finding no good answer to 3 Nxe5. Recently I have been experimenting on-line with 3-- Nf6 with good results ( one defeat in 10). Black gets a lasting initative,for a pawn sac, in most games.I am considering using the line OTB. I am comfortable with all other Latvian variations and particularly like the lines after 3 Bc4.Does anyone know of a refutation of 3-- Nf6?>

4. d4 seems to get the best results. What do you play after 4. ...d6; 5.Nc4,...? Or something else at move 4 - ...fe:?

Interesting how much literature there is on such an obscure defense.

Oct-14-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Brazilian Defense
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Qe7


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Opening Explorer

Oct-27-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Damiano Defense
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6


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Feb-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: For those of you who are interested in the Elephant Gambit 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5, here is an online copy of the 1997 book "Elephant Gambit 2" by Tom V Purser:

http://iloapp.2-hk.dk/blog/debat?Sh...

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