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98_C57_Fried Liver Attack
Compiled by whiteshark

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The <Fried Liver Attack>, also called the <Fegatello Attack> (named after an Italian idiom meaning "dead as a piece of liver"), is a chess opening. This colourfully named opening is a variation of the Two Knights Defense in which White sacrifices a knight for an attack on Black's king. The opening begins with the moves:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5

This is the Two Knights Defense where White has chosen the offensive line 4.Ng5, but Black's last move is risky (other Black choices include 5...Na5, 5...b5, and 5...Nd4). White can now get an advantage with 6.d4 (the Lolli Attack). However, The Fried Liver Attack involves a far more spectacular knight sacrifice on f7, defined by the moves:

6. Nxf7 Kxf7

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Opening Explorer <74 games>

The <Fried Liver> has been known for many centuries, the earliest known example being Polerio vs Domenico, 1610

Play usually continues <7.Qf3+ Ke6> (not 7...Kg8?? 8.Bxd5+ with checkmate) <8.Nc3>.

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Black will play <8...Nb4> or <8...Ne7> and follow up with ...c6, bolstering his pinned knight on d5. (If Black does play 8...Nb4, White can force the b4 knight to abandon protection of the d5 knight with the rather dubious 9.a3 Nc2+ 10.Kf1 Nxa1, although this involves giving up a further rook.) White has a strong attack, but it has not been proven yet to be decisive.

Wikipedia article: Two Knights Defense, Fried Liver Attack Because defence is harder to play than attack in this variation when given short time limits, the Fried Liver is dangerous for Black in over-the-board play, if using a short time control. It is also especially effective against weaker players who may not be able to find the correct defences. Sometimes Black invites White to play the Fried Liver Attack in correspondence chess or in over-the-board games with longer time limits (or no time limit), as the relaxed pace affords Black a better opportunity to refute the White sacrifice.

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check Boris Alterman's blog on the FLA

check < 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 <7.d4!!>>,

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Opening Explorer as mentioned here: Wikipedia article: Fegatello-Variante

Polerio vs Domenico, 1610 
(C57) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

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Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs S Sulskis, 2014 
(C57) Two Knights, 28 moves, 1-0

Alan Balkany vs J Longuski, 1973 
(C57) Two Knights, 13 moves, 1-0

Von Der Lasa vs Mayet, 1839 
(C57) Two Knights, 22 moves, 1-0

D Weir vs J Messenger, 1951 
(C57) Two Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

W H Dodgen vs D Boyd, 1981 
(C57) Two Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs NN, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Schroder vs H Illgen, 1926 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

Muller vs Bayer, 1908 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

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