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Four Knights (C49)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Bb4

Number of games in database: 1529
Years covered: 1873 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 34.4%
   Black wins 26.8%
   Draws 38.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Geza Maroczy  34 games
David Janowski  31 games
Jose Raul Capablanca  28 games
Frank James Marshall  37 games
Richard Teichmann  24 games
Akiba Rubinstein  19 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933
Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900
Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911
W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919
Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907
Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1895
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 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,529  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Paulsen vs M Fleissig 1-051 1873 ViennaC49 Four Knights
2. C Schwede vs Metger 1-040 1874 UnknownC49 Four Knights
3. E Flechsig vs Englisch  ½-½48 1877 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
4. Paulsen vs C T Goering 1-034 1877 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
5. Zukertort vs Englisch 1-060 1877 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
6. Zukertort vs Mackenzie 0-153 1878 ParisC49 Four Knights
7. A Clerc vs Mackenzie 1-081 1878 ParisC49 Four Knights
8. H Gifford vs Anderssen 1-047 1878 ParisC49 Four Knights
9. H Gifford vs Mackenzie  0-148 1878 ParisC49 Four Knights
10. Winawer vs Zukertort 1-045 1878 ParisC49 Four Knights
11. J Mason vs Mackenzie 0-151 1878 ParisC49 Four Knights
12. Metger vs J Minckwitz  ½-½40 1878 WSB-12.KongressC49 Four Knights
13. C F Schmid vs C Schwede  1-024 1879 DresdenC49 Four Knights
14. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-155 1879 Chigorin - Schiffers Third MatchC49 Four Knights
15. A Schwarz vs F Riemann 1-017 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
16. W Paulsen vs J Minckwitz 1-070 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
17. M Bier vs J Minckwitz  0-136 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
18. Paulsen vs M Bier  1-045 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
19. A Schwarz vs Englisch 0-140 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
20. A Schwarz vs A Schottlaender  ½-½22 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
21. Paulsen vs A Schwarz 1-029 1879 Paulsen - SchwarzC49 Four Knights
22. A Schwarz vs F Riemann  ½-½51 1880 WSB-13.KongressC49 Four Knights
23. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-024 1880 BreslauC49 Four Knights
24. D M Martinez vs Mackenzie 1-023 1880 PhiladelphiaC49 Four Knights
25. E H E van Woelderen vs C Messemaker  0-142 1880 DCA Congress 8thC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-13-06  2021: Why is there no kibtizing here?
Dec-13-06  2021: Well, black shouldn't continue to copy-cat white's moves. This opening is a drawish-type opening as you can see: White wins: 30.9%
Black wins: 26.7%
Draw: 42.4%

In other words:
White games won: 271 games
Black game won: 234 games
Draw: 372 games

Dec-14-06  Stevens: 4...Nd4 seems to be an even more drawing line. Following one of the main lines after this move, you get a whopping 98 percent draw rate!

Opening Explorer

Jan-01-07  2021: <Stevens> That's why white has every intention to not play that line!
Mar-05-07  olaf4lena: I had this approach take me OOR. Now I see I should simply bore my opponent to death.
Jul-12-10  aj415: dude how did i even get to this page.. in fact how do you get to this page from the home page i cant find any links??

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  Penguincw: < 2021: Well, black shouldn't continue to copy-cat white's moves. >

No kidding.

Capablanca vs NN, 1918

Feb-18-14  Morphized: Why is there even an ECO code for that opening?
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