Damiano┬┤s defence[ edit ]
ECO: C40
theme No: 977
title: Damiano┬┤s defence
notation: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6
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The Damiano Defense is a chess opening characterized by the opening moves

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6

Black┤s 2...f6? is a poor move which White can punish by sacrificing a knight with 3.Nxe5!.
Taking the knight with 3...fxe5 exposes Black to a deadly attack after 4.Qh5+ Ke7 5.Qxe5+ Kf7 6.Bc4+.
Since taking the knight is fatal, a slightly better variation Black can choose to play after 3.Nxe5 is 3...Qe7 4.Nf3 Qxe4+.
Black has regained the pawn but has lost time and weakened the kingside.

The name of the opening comes from the chessmaster Pedro Damiano (1480-1544) who correctly condemned the opening as bad for black.

The ECO code for the Damiano Defence is C40 (King┤s knight Opening).

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