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Black develops the Knight to c6, defending the black e5 pawn while also fighting for control of d4.
White now can choose between several well known openings. Ruy Lopez (Bb5) , Italian (Bc4) and Scotch (d4) are all solid openings that see regular play at all levels. With Ruy Lopez, white seeks to immediately chase the initiative and attacks the defender of the black e5 pawn. While in Italian the Bishop on c4 target's the black f7 pawn, the weakest pawn in the starting position. Scotch with d4, instead often lead to more concrete variations, starting with the pawns getting exchanged right away.