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Opening: Philidor’s Defense “Non-Exchange”

Move 3: d4, Nd7

This variation will review the Philidor’s Defense from move 3. Instead of capturing the d4 pawn, black develops a knight. This move will stop an eventual queen trade because white may attempt to play dxe5, dxe5, and Qxd8+ to stop black from castling.

Move 4: Bc4, Ngf6

White continues with normal development of pieces to strong squares and black moves the knight out.

Move 5: Nc3, Be7

White brings out the knight to defend the e4 pawn and black brings his dark square bishop to the only square.

Move 3: d4, Nd7

This variation will review the Philidor’s Defense from move 3. Instead of capturing the d4 pawn, black develops a knight. This move will stop an eventual queen trade because white may attempt to play dxe5, dxe5, and Qxd8+ to stop black from castling.

Ending Notes:

White has more space so they can claim a small advantage. Black has a solid game because there are no weaknesses in their camp. Both sides still have to develop the rest of their pieces, but this should be an even game. This is a safe opening if you are playing for equality, but not strong attacking potential for black.