Bishops Opening:

The Bishops Opening starts with 1 .e4 e5  2. Bc4. White brings the bc4 first instead of the natural move - Nf3. The point of this opening is to keep options a little more flexible for White by decided what exactly he wants to do with his d-pawn and g1 knight. White attacks Black's f7-square and prevents Black from advancing his d-pawn to d5. By ignoring the beginner's maxim "develop knights before bishops", White leaves his f-pawn unblocked, allowing the possibility of playing f2–f4.


Here is a list of the 4 most popular continuations in the Bishops Opening:

a) Bishops Berlin Defense
b) Max Lange Defense
c) Berlin Defense with Ne2
d) Boi, Lewis Gambit


Bishops Berlin Defense


Max Lange Defense


Berlin Defense with Ne2


Boi, Lewis Gambit

Famous Games with the Bishops Opening:

1) Bishops Berlin Defense - Bartel, Mat vs Mastrovasilis, D.
2) Max Lange Defense - Carlsen, M. vs Giri, A. 
3) Berlin Defense with Ne2 - Gonzalez Galvan, J. vs Montero Melendez, R. 
4) Boi, Lewis Gambit - Hebden, M. vs Gonzalez, Francisco