Semi-open defences is the name given to chess openings where the position is not a “fully open” position. A fully open position occurs with both players advance their King pawns (see “King pawn openings”) or both players advance their queen pawns (see “Queen pawn openings”).
Semi-Open Defences against 1.e4
Semi-open defences in the Kings pawn defences include:
- Sicilian Defence
- French Defence
- Caro-Kann Defence
- Pirc Defence
- Nimzowitch Defence
- Scandinavian Defence
- Modern Defence
- Owen’s Defence
Indian Defences against d4
Semi-open defences in the Queen’s pawn defences are often called “Indians” or “Indian Defences” and include:
Some of the most popular openings in chess are listed above. All of these openings have a generally good reputation, although some are not played often by masters.
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