Barnes Opening

The Barnes Opening (1.f3) is a bad move for White. It needlessly weakens the White king, but at least it has the upside that it helps to develop zero pieces as well! Great plan…not. White might be thinking “2.Nh3” and “3.Nf2”, or White might be thinking “2.e4”. Either way, Black can play “1..d5” to stop both, and Black immediately looks better. At best, White has wasted their move and is now playing a Black opening as White. There aren’t many openings where f3 (or f6) would be a useful move.

Diagram: Barnes Opening (1.f3?!)

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