The Petroff Defense begins with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 (diagram).
The Petroff Defense, also known as the Russian Defense, was a favorite opening of both Karpov and Kramnik. The Petroff is as solid as a rock, easy to learn and offers a ton of ways to turn the tables on those 1.e4 players!
The Petroff is starting to come back in a big way with Fabiano Caruana just one of the top GMs who relies on it when it matters.
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Anti Petroff Defense, 5.Nc3
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3
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