Gunderam Defense

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Gunderam Defense
a b c d e f g h
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
e7 black queen
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e5 black pawn
e4 white pawn
f3 white knight
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
c2 white pawn
d2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
b1 white knight
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
h1 white rook
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7
Origin 1954
Named after Gerhard Gunderam
Parent King's Knight Opening

The Gunderam Defense[1][2] is a rarely played chess opening starting with the moves:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Qe7

It is named after the chess player Gerhard Gunderam.[3][4] The Gunderam Defense is categorized under the ECO code C40.


Although 2...Qe7 does answer the threat against Black's e-pawn, it interferes with the development of Black's dark-square bishop. One of the ideas behind this awkward queen move is to unbalance the game by castling queenside while White will presumably castle kingside. Not to be confused with Câmara Defense, which continues with the steps of the King's Indian Defense after 2...Qe7.

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