Friday, May 24, 2013

Tabiya Italian and Spanish Four Knights

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 is the rarely played (at master level) Italian Four Knights. If black plays 4...Bc5 the game transposes to the Guioco Pianissimo, but black has a better move with the fork trick 4..Nxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Bd3 and here Kaufman recommends the novelty and gambit 6...Nb4 looking at 7.Ng3 e4 8.Bxe4  dxe4 9.Nxe4 Bf5 with compensation for the pawn. I will place my tabiya for this variation after the novelty 6...Nb4 and look for any games in this line.

The more likely Spanish Four Knights is reached after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 where Kaufman recommends 4...Bc5 and welcomes the fork trick. 5.O-O O-O 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.d4 Bd6 8.f4 ( 8.dxe5 Bxe5 and black is fine with the half open e-file) 8...Ng4 9.e5 Be7 10.Be2 d6 11.exf6 Nxf6.

White's f-pawn is in the way of his dark square bishop and at risk of over extending.

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