The Fried Liver Attack – Part 4

Today we will continue our course by looking at the second defense in the Fried Liver attack:  

1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6  8. Nc3  


The key difference is that white can’t eliminate that knight immediately with the rook sacrifice as after 8…. Ncb4 9. a3!  

Greco,G – NN [C57]

Europe 1620  


White is making room for the Rook to go to e1.  

9…c6 10. Re1


This passive move amounts to practically throwing in the towel.Black was obligated to move the King away from the center after 10…Kd6! 11. d4 Kc7 keeping some chances to survive.  

11. d4!

Black’s King is now stuck in the center and there are lots of threats in the air. White is clearing the way for his incoming forces.  


Black has to give up the pawn on e5.  

12. Rxe5 Ng6  

 At the cost of a pawn Black has hoped to drive the enemy rook from the aggressive position on e5, and has also expected to win some time for regrouping. Alas, his pieces are misplaced and the lack of safety for his K is telling.  

13. Nxd5!   

Striking while the iron is hot! White is harmoniously developed, and the next tactical operation is clearing up the situation.  


Black has no chance of saving his skin.  

14. dxe5+ Kc5 15. b4+  

The point of this forced sequence. The black’s King has to capture the Bishop.  The mate is inevitable.  

15…Kxc4 16.Qd3 Mate!

Black‘s King looks so miserable.  




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