The Fried Liver Attack – Part 5


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



Another way to treat black’s position is the well known   


This move was analyzed by Polerio about 400 years ago! It’s easy to discover the drawback of

A.)  9…exd4? 

After 10.Qe4+ Black King is overloaded and Nd5 is lost.  10…Kd7 11. Nxd5 White wins the piece back while keeping a huge positional advantage. Now 11… Nxd5 loses at spot after 12.Qxd5+ Ke8 13.Qf7# .  

B.) 9…b5

The effort to decoy white’s bishop from the long diagonal doesn’t work as well.

10. Bb3! The only way in which white can maintain his attack. Bishop keeps an eye on the a2-g8 diagonal.  

10…b4 Black was pinning his hopes on this move. Nc3 is attacked and after 11. Ne4 black simply plays h6 when it’s not so clear how to break black’s position. But black’s idea could easily be refuted.  

11.Nd5 Nd5 12.Bg5!  

The decisive move! Black’s Queen is overloaded and it’s a clear sign that black’s position will be damaged very soon. He has nothing to counter the power of white’s attack.  12…Qd7 (Accepting the bishop after 12… Qg5 leads to instant disaster 13. Qd5)  13.0-0-0 c6  14. Rhe1 Despite the fact that white is still a piece down, black can resign with a clear conscience. For instance : 14…Kd6 15. de+ Kc7 16. e6 Qd6 17.Rd5! with forthcoming 18.Bf4  


C.) 9…c6! 

A critical position has arisen. Black is already under extreme pressure, nevertheless there are a few accurate moves needed: 

10.Bg5 !

 White must stick on his plan. There is no way back.  

10…h6  11. Bxe7

 It is important not to allow black to coordinate his forces.  After

 11…Bxe7 12.0-0-0

White completes his development. One more move for white (Rhe1) and the game will be over. 


Black has his own threats as well!  

13. Qe4  

Despite the material deficit, white enjoys compensation that builds on the lack of safety of the black monarch.  


Looks like black underestimated White’s 16th move. It was essential to play 13…Bg5+ 14.Kb1 Rf4! 15. Qe5 Kf7 16.Nd5 cd 17.Bd5 but after 17…Kf8 even though white is getting three pawns for the piece, black neutralizes the attack itself.  

14.dxe5 14… Bg5+ 15. Kb1 Rd2

 The point of black’s defense. Black is trying to cover the critical d5 square.  


The advance of the “h” pawn tears down black’s position. Now Rd2 is hanging and black fails to save the game by 16…Ke7 17. Bd5! But not 17.hg Nc3! + and black is who’s winning!  

16…Rxd1+  17.Rxd1

Black is completely tied up  

17… Bxh4 18.Nxd5

Finally white strikes at the crucial target.

18…cxd5 19.Rxd5 Qg5 20.Rd6+ Ke7 21.Qd5


 There is no way for black’s King to escape from the decisive threats.  

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.  



The Fried Liver Attack – Part 3

At this second critical position, when black has to protect the hanging knight on d5, there are   only two possible continuations:  A.8…Ndb4 ; B.8…Nce7



A.) 8… Ndb4

Black not only defends Nd5 but also intends to capture the pawn on c2 with the check!  

So…. It looks like white has to forget about the d5 knight and to care for the pawn c2?  

Many would go for the obvious 9. Qe4 and after the forced 9…c6 10. a3 Na6 we reach a position, where black somehow succeeded in avoiding an immediate disaster.   

I would say even more: If you start checking this position with the assistance of a computer program you might even come up with the premise that you are not sure if white has sufficient compensation for the piece. Has white gone wrong?

Look at the next important attacking principle:

‘Although you must be careful before starting an attack, once you have started you must go on as hard and fast as you can. This is even more important if you realize you shouldn’t have started the attack quite yet – if you try to back out you will only make matters worse.’   

So…White has to play energetically!   

When I was 11 years old, this position happened in one of my games. I was about 1700-1800 rated.

My thoughts were – OK… his King is so naked – let’s send the knight b4 to a1 and my attack could flow easily to the next level.  

So I made the decision to sacrifice a whole rook!  

9. a3! Nc2+ 10. Kd1 Na1  

This is the position I was dreaming about. Now white could eliminate the Nd5 and to exploit the ugly position of the King for a brutal attack. 

However white has to play carefully.Of course many of us would think about taking the knight with the check, though I don’t see anything special after 11.Bd5 Kd7 and black is threatening Qf6! trading Queens.  

There’s no clear way to take advantage of the precarious position of the King even after 12.Qg4 Kd6! 13. Qb4 c5! And white has to fight for a draw. That’s why  

11. Nd5!


 Is a much more imposing move. White eliminates the knight keeping the discovered check as an option.As we know from Dr Tarrasch “The threat is stronger than the execution”. Black needs to move his King out of the e6 square and is obligated to set out on a lengthy journey.    

11… Kd7  

11…Kd6 doesn’t seem to be any better: 12.d4!

White simply advances his Queen pawn as a result black’s position in the center becomes totally compromised.  

12… c6 Black is trying to take away the knight from d5. 13. de Ke6 Is the only way . Now it looks like white has spoiled everything. The knight is pinned and black’s King got a very good cover – the white pawn e5!  

But white comes with the brilliant strike. 14. Ke2! Simply completing his development!  

14…cd 15. Rd1! And there are no defenses against the final mating attack.  

12. Re1  

Black has an ocean of moves, but it’s pretty hard to solve his problems.  


Giving me the pleasure of executing my main threat. Let’s consider the best defense:  12…Bd6 Black defends the pawn e5, but the storm comes from another side 13. Bb5+! c6 14.Qf7+ Be7 There are no other  pieces to cover the 7th rank. 15.Qf5+! The nasty Queen discovers a way of removing of the e5 pawn with check! 15…Kd6 16.Qe5+ Kd7 17.Ne7  We could smell a finish very soon. 17…cb 18. Re3!



And black hopeless against the upcoming Rd3 + . 


13. Qf5+!  

Black’s King has only one option, since 13…Ke8 is losing at once after 14.Qe5+  

13…Kd6 14. Qe5 + Kc5

 or 14…Kd7 15. Qe6 mate – by the way this way my game ended!  

15. Nc7 Kb6  

Black has no other escapes except the Queen desperate move 15…Qd5  

16. Na8 mate  !





The Fried Liver Attack – Part 2

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5

We start by analyzing the Classical 4…d5 move. 


4…d5 5.ed

This is the first critical position.The assessment of this line is far from obvious. It looks like black has to capture the pawn after

 5… Nd5

and now white has a temporary initiative which could be transformed into a strong attack. 

It’s easy to see how the vulnerable f7 pawn in addition to the hanging d5 knight offer white an exciting opportunity to come up with the following beautiful resource:  

6. Nf7!

By this knight sacrifice white expels the black King to the center of the board   where it will be exposed to white’s powerful pieces.Anyway black has to accept this Greek sacrifice and to start a very unpleasant defense. 

6…Kf7 7. Qf3!

The key idea, involving the positional sacrifice of the knight. Thanks to the suspended position of the Nd5, white gains a tempo and seized the initiative. 

7… Ke6

The line is pretty forced. Black has to support the knight on d5. As a result of the sacrifice black pieces are losing their harmony. The King on e6 obstructs the development of the bishop c8.Besides white develops the knight b1 winning another tempo.  

8. Nc3! 

This is highly dynamic. White takes aim at the knight on d5, and increases his development advantage. 

The position looks extremely dangerous for black. Despite being a piece up black’s position hasn’t enjoyed great popularity.

The reason is a very simple one. I don’t see any comfortable way for black to get rid of white’s extremely dangerous Bc4. The position of the King on e6 deprives black pieces of the important center areas.


The Greatest World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik considered the success in chess as a combination of 4 factors.
* Special Chess Talent
* Good Physical conditions (Health).
* Strong Character
* High working skills

To achieve success in modern chess requires being a universal style chessplayer, playing all stages of a game confidently, and mastering typical positions in various openings.


Such a training program takes several years of strenuous work under the guidance of a qualified and thoughtful coach. For instance, in order to play the ending confidently, it is necessary for a junior player to remember the right way to play thousand typical endgame positions, requiring something like two years of the most arduous study. 

First of all, a chessplayer must be able to work hard consistently. How many sparkling talents never made it to the top because of the absence of this skill?  

I always remind my pupils: Talent has one advantage  the right to work more than the others. A simple reasoning convinces you: Suppose a talented boy needs just ten minutes to master some chess material. A less talented player needs 20 minutes. If the talent will not spend these ten minutes and the other one will spend his 20 minutes, then who will be at an advantage?!

Only those children who are fanatically devoted to chess canbe expected to spend long hours at the chess board at home, reading chess books every day, and solving an enormous number of various tactic or dull endgame positions.  

Garry Kasparov once wrote: I perceived all too early that you have to pay for everything in your life. A talented child has just a single thing to pay  thats his childhood.  

Nobody has ever found any other formula for that of success: TALENT + HARD WORK!


Contributed by : A.Vaysman  Honored coach of Ukraine



The Fried Liver Attack – Part 1

As you remember we’ve decided to start the game from the most aggressive first move 1. e4, but after

1… e5, many of you would prefer 2. Nf3, skipping the super aggressive Danish gambit after 2.d4.

Then the most logical continuation as we know will be 2…. Nc6 at once protecting the pawn e5 and increasing the control over the center square d4.On the third move white has a few interesting options: 3.Bb5 leads to the Classical Ruy Lopez, 3.d4 to the Scotch game, and 3. Nc3 to the Three (or Four) knight’s defense. 

But today we will study the outcome of the move 3.Bc4!? Then after 3…Nf6 we reach the opening called -The Two knights defense.There is no doubt that the two knights defense one of the oldest openings we know,It is also one of the most complicated tactical ones.

David Bronstein suggested that this opening should rightly be called the ‘Chigorin Counter Attack’, since, at the end of the last century, the legendary Russian chess player added a great deal to the theory of this opening.

Great credit for developing the theory and practice of this opening must go to the old masters Steinitz, Chigorin and of course Dr Tarrasch (who said that 4.Ng5 is a move of novice player.) If White invites complications with either 4 Ng5 (well known as the Fried Liver attack) or 4 d4, the Morphy attack, we reach extremely sharp positions where gambit themes exist everywhere.  

Anyone who enters the dark territory of the Two Knights Defense must be well prepared for the amazing complications that ensue.Generally speaking in chess theory the term of ‘defense’ is given to rather passive openings.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4

Indeed with the

3…. Nf6

answer black intends his counterattack against the e4 pawn but at the same time black ignores the threat over the f7 square.

White can immediately assault the weakest spot in the black’s position.Today we will examine the most direct way the move 

4. Ng5


There is a long story about this energetic attempt. Black has two main defenses: The old one 4…. d5, and the super sharp Traxler counterattack 4…Bc5!?


The Soul of chess – Part 2

I would like to show you some wonderful positions , where pawns decide the outcome of the whole game!

Optueta – Sanz, Madrid 1934.

Black to move…
And it doesn’t look very dangerous for white .The pawn on b2 is protected…The bishop on b6 looks passive But a passed pawn may become so dangerous….And a knight is not the best piece to stop the passed pawns…


Black sacrificed a full ROOK! Only to advance an isolated pawn!

2.Nb2 c3!

OK How to stop it now? 3.Nd3 then c4+! And cd, Nc4 doesn’t help as well due to c2!

3. Rb6!

Only answer for a while looks very bad for black c2 just Nd3! But


Still not possible are Nd3 or Nc4 . But black’s idea is to play c2 on the next move! The only chance is


Looks that it’s white – who is winning! But here comes the point!


Three isolated pawns are winning against rook and knight!

If 5.Rb7 just c2! Losing as well is 5.Kf2 ab! Then is c2- unstoppable! And last, if 5. Rc4 then cb!  .. From the starting position it’s very difficult to dream about the final one, isn’t it?

Now lets see some openings when a pawn has decide the game! Here’s a very rare variation of the Caro- Kann defence.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 de 4. Ne4 Nf6 5.Ng3? h5! 6. Bg5 h4 7.Bf6 hg! 8. Be5

 is the only move. Now Black decides the game with the brilliant tactical shot…

8… Rh2! 9. Rh2 Qa5! 10. c3 


Getting rid of the  h2 square defender, allowing Black pawn to finish the Queens journey!

11. de gh

and the pawn will be a Queen!

Razuvaev- Kupreichik , Dubna 1970

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 5. Bg5 Nf6 6.d5? ef 7. dc fg

Here White decided to play an intermediate move..

 winning back a pawn , which looks fairly good …

Razuvaev was very surprised after black’s shocking answer…..

8… Nd7!!  

White loses at least a piece! 

Hope you enjoyed !