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Australian Defence (chess)

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Australian Defense
a8 black rook
c8 black bishop
d8 black queen
e8 black king
f8 black bishop
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
a7 black pawn
b7 black pawn
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
e7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
a6 black knight
d4 white pawn
a2 white pawn
b2 white pawn
c2 white pawn
e2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
b1 white knight
c1 white bishop
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white rook
Moves1.d4 Na6
ParentQueen's Pawn Game

The Australian Defensechess opening, beginning with the moves 1. d4 Na6.[1]


Refers to Semi-Closed Games, is black's response to Queen's pawn opening. The name of the opening comes from the Australian Champion in 1992 and Ocean Champion in 2000, Aleksandar Wohl, International Master. In tournaments, he repeatedly and effectively used this defense, although in general this debut at world-class competitions is extremely rare.[2] The Australian Defense is described in his chess course by International Master (Grandmaster since 2022) Renato Quintiliano [pt] in 2018.[3] Black's ideas in this defense are similar to White's Durkin Attack, the advantage of the opening is that the pawn structure is not affected.

See also[edit]


  1. "Australian Defense - Chess Opening".
  2. "A40: Queen's pawn - 1. D4 Na6 - Chess Opening explorer".
  3. "Beat the Dynamic Defences after 1.d4 d5 2.c4".

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