Restricting Movement with Semi-Closed Chess Games

Part of the Chess Openings For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Semi-closed chess games are those in which White plays 1.d4 and Black responds with anything other than 1.…d5. As with semi-open games, these openings can result in asymmetrical positions that can become quite complicated. They appeal to the player who likes to counterattack.

Opening Name Opening Moves
Benko Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5
Benoni Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5
Blumenfeld Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 b5
Bogo-Indian Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+
Budapest Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5
Catalan System 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3
Döry Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Ne4
Dutch Defense 1.d4 f5
Grünfeld Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5
King’s Indian Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7
Nimzo-Indian Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4
Old Indian Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6
Queen’s Indian Defense 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6
Torre Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5
Trompowsky Attack 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5
Veresov Attack 1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5
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