Lemming Defense

Lemming Defense

The Lemming Defense is a dubious chess opening characterized by the moves:

  • 1. e4 Na6?!

The Lemming Defense is considered a weak response to the King's Pawn Opening, as it develops the Knight to an inferior square (much like the Durkin Opening and Adams Defense), allows White quick and easy development, and opens no lines for developing Black's pieces. Therefore, the Lemming Defense is very uncommon, and is classified as B00 in the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings.


  • In Chessmaster, Stanley the Chimpanzee (who has a rating of 1, and a player description of "completely random"), plays the Lemming Defense, usually continuing with 2. d4 Nb8?.

See also


  • p. 284Eric Schiller (1998). Unorthodox Chess Openings. Cardoza.
  • p. 302Eric Schiller (2002). Unorthodox Chess Openings. second edition, Cardoza.

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