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Dunst Opening – Attack from the perspective of white pieces
The Dunst Opening is a chess opening where White opens with the move:
- 1. Nc3;
The opening move 1.Nc3 develops the knight to a good square where it attacks the central e4 and d5 squares. Although quite playable, 1.Nc3 is rarely seen. It is only the eighth most popular of the 20 possible first moves, behind 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3, 1.c4, 1.g3, 1.f4, and 1.b3. As of February 6, 2009, out of the over 500,000 games in ChessGames.com’s database, only 644—about 1 out of every 780—begins with 1.Nc3. The third-ranking 1.Nf3 is 66 times as popular. Some very strong correspondence chess players employ 1.Nc3 frequently, and it is occasionally seen over-the-board.
The reasons for 1.Nc3’s lack of popularity are that it does not stop Black from occupying the center (while 1.Nf3 prevents 1…e5, 1.Nc3 does not prevent 1…d5 because the d-pawn is guarded by the queen), and it blocks White’s c-pawn from moving, thus making it impossible to play c3 or c4 (which are often desirable moves) without moving the knight first. In addition, after 1…d5, the knight’s position is unstable because Black may attack it with …d4. Although 1.Nc3 develops a piece to a good square.
- 1. Nc3, d5, 2. E4;
- 2. Nc3, c5, 2. Nf3, Nc6, 3. D4;
- 3. Nc3, e5, 2. Nf3, Nc6, 3. D4;