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Moves : e6 e5 ! d5 (back)
Named after American master, Robert Dirkin, who probably would have known better than to play it anyway. This is a very strange place to develop the knight. If white wanted the knight to exert central control, Nc3 is better. If his aim is to keep the c pawn flexible, the English, or even the Saragossa is preferable. White's aim will be to move this knight yet again, probably to c4. Black is fine developing normally.
Chessbase considers this a 54% win for white.
Contributors : Kieran Child, Peter Marriott
[ECO "A00"] [Opening "Durkin's attack"]
e5 : 19 games, White ELO av : 1667, Black ELO av : 1748
1-0 : 26.3% , 1/2-1/2 : 10.5% , 0-1 : 63.2%
d5 : 6 games, White ELO av : 1407, Black ELO av : 1309
1-0 : 66.7% , 1/2-1/2 : 0% , 0-1 : 33.3%
Nf6 : 2 games, White ELO av : 1569, Black ELO av : 1442
1-0 : 100% , 1/2-1/2 : 0% , 0-1 : 0%
e6 : 1 game, White ELO av : 2000, Black ELO av : 1985
1-0 : 0% , 1/2-1/2 : 100% , 0-1 : 0%
g6 : 1 game, White ELO av : 1400, Black ELO av : 1273
1-0 : 0% , 1/2-1/2 : 0% , 0-1 : 100%
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