Fried Liver Attack

The Fried Liver attack is a very nice opening for beginners. It enables a lot of opportunities and is a decent opening unlike the Scholar’s mate attempts that a lot of beginners are playing.

You may continue by trying to solve some of the chess exercises or by reading the next chess lesson about attacking a pinned piece.

15 Responses to “Fried Liver Attack”

  1. You tell that is an error 4…Bc5? but what happens after 5 Nxf7 (!) Bxf2! line recommended by Estrin ?

  2. @Gerardo

    This is the Traxler Counter Gambit and I don’t recommend this for intermediate 1 players.
    To quote Estrin: It should be mentioned here that only players who have the ability to memorize long and complicated variations…should be encouraged to play this variation. A great many lines have been deeply analysed and anyone who thinks that he will be able to find everything over the board is like a sailor who has set out on an open sea without sails or a compass.

    Looking at 4…Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2 the game may continue with 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7.Kg1 Qh4 8.g3 Nxg3

    A nice article about this is the Seven Ways to Refute the Traxler from Stefan Bücker, but I must admit that some of the positions resulting from this opening are rather unclear.

  3. Wow, first, what a great bit on coding this page. Very instructive to a newbie like myself to walk through the moves visually. It still takes a lot of mind power to visualize these strictly in my mind.

    My first instinct would be to pull the King back from play and let other pieces do the work. Now at 15 the game is almost intractable.

  4. 8. … Nb4 is met by

    9. a3 Nxc2+
    10. Kd1 NxR

    and the Black knight on a1 has committed himself to an irrelevant capture instead of defending the King as White has a big attack.

  5. @ Sashie VII

    The attack you mention probably fails, because White is unable to use it’s black squared bishop.

    after 8 … Nb4 9.a3 Nxc2+ 10.Kd1 Nxa1
    the game probably continues 11.Bxd5+ Kd7 12.Qf5+ Kd6 and now I am rather unsure about White’s next move, but I suppose that Black is going to play 13. …c6 solving most of the problems.

  6. 8…Nb4 and 9Qe4
    could you tell us what should the next few moves be if black chooses to play Nb4 as noted above

  7. Sorry, looks like this was already answered. Thanks.

  8. 8..Nb4 9.Bb3 c6 10.a3 Na6
    After my opponent play 11.0-0 the move d4 is prepared.
    (two move is rising here Bc5 or Nac7)
    I played 11..Nac7 wich is increase the number of defenders of the knight on d5 and now no need to protect by the king on e6.
    12. d4 Qf6 (i know he can’t exchange qeens)
    13. Qe2 (Qg3 is also good move)
    Look this possition, white has an incredible mobility
    white can play Ne4 / f4 / Rd1,Rd3 and Rf3
    (13..Bd6? 14.Ne4! and 15.c4 white wins )
    (13..Kf7 14.Ne4 Qg6 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.c4 Nf6 17.Qxe5 and 18.QxC7 white takes knight back and have a good possition)
    (13..Ke7 meets by dxe5 and we get a very complex position)
    13..Qf5 14.Rd1!(14. g4/f4 can be play but Rd1 is better)
    14..Kf7 15.Rd3 Kg8 16.Rf3 Qg4 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.c4 Ne7 19.Qxe5 Qe6
    After some moves my opponent cant find a good attack and I won.

    After 9.a3 opening moves are 9..Nxc2 Kd1 10.Nd4 or
    10..Nxa1 11.Nxd5 Kd7 12.d4 Bd6 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.Re1
    Now Re8 can be played

  9. @Erdem Ekinci
    I have added a note to the original post that refers to this valuable comment

  10. If Nxc2+ Kd1 Nxa1?? Ne4#!!

  11. what happens after 5… Na5

  12. @tst
    After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 the most frequently played continuation is 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 and at that position I should consider playing 9.Nh3 as in the game Ivanchuk – Beliavsky (1998)

  13. What about 4…Qe7 loses a pawn for black but is Black’s King better or worse than moving towards middle of the board?

  14. After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 the move 4…Qe7 loses a pawn for black as you said but also results in a dubious position 5.Bxf7+ Kd8

    The move 4…d5 is certainly bettter, but if you don’t like this move you may consider the interesting alternative 4…Bc5 5.Bxf7+ Ke7 6.Bd5 Rf8 7.O-O d6
    Black still loses the pawn, but has some compensation.


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