King's Knight Opening

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King's Knight Opening
a b c d e f g h
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
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
ECO C40 (–C99)
Parent Open Game

The King's Knight Opening is a chess opening consisting of the moves:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3

The opening is likely to continue into one of a number of other named openings, depending mainly on Black's second move.

Main line: 2...Nc6[edit]

Most games (more than 80%) continue with 2...Nc6.

Some moves from here include:

Other Black defenses[edit]

Less common defenses[edit]

A number of less popular continuations are possible. These openings are generally considered to be less sound than those mentioned above.

These openings are all categorized in the ECO under code C40.


  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.

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