Posted on June 1st, 2010 by Richard
As I usually open with 1.e4 as white I quite often face the Philidor defence. I do not mind this at all! It seems quite a passive defence for Black and does not seem to trouble me too much. Of course some people who play the defence as Black really know it inside out and in their hands it can be a dangerous opening against White. Thankfully most people who play the Philidor opening against me do not know it in much depth!
I prefer playing the 4.Qxd4 line. Here is a recent game of mine showing a win with Qxh7#:
The Philidor defence:
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