|fredthebear: Najdorf plays the best defense 5...d5, grabs control of the center and carves up the White knights on the edge.|
Black to move [Opening Explorer]
1) -0.46 (29 ply) 5...d5 6.Ng3 Nc6 7.d3 Be7 8.Nf3 Rf8 9.O-O Kg8 10.h3 Be6 11.Bd2 Qd7 12.b4 Bd6 13.Bc3 Qf7 14.b5 Nd4 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.Bxd4 a6 17.a4 Bd7 18.Qh5 axb5 19.axb5 Bxb5 20.Rxa8 Rxa8 21.Qf5
2) -0.04 (29 ply) 5...Nc6 6.Qf3+ Ke8 7.Ne2 d5 8.N4c3 d4 9.Ne4 Qd7 10.d3 Qg4 11.Qxg4 Bxg4 12.Bd2 Kd7 13.a3 Bf5 14.N4g3 Bg6 15.O-O Bd6 16.f4 Rhf8 17.Rae1 h6 18.f5 Bh7 19.Nh5 Bxf5 20.Nxg7 Bg6 21.Bxh6
3) +0.12 (29 ply) 5...Kg8 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 d5 8.Nc3 Be6 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.Qd1 h6 11.Be3 Na5 12.Bf4 c5 13.O-O d4 14.Ne4 Bd5 15.Re1 Nc6 16.b3 Qd7 17.c4 Bf7 18.h3 Re8 19.Ng3 Rxe1+ 20.Qxe1 Bg6 21.Ne5 Nxe5 22.Qxe5
4) +0.39 (29 ply) 5...h6
Perhaps the reader has seen this miniature: Vienna Game: 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Bxf7+ KxBf7 5.NxNe4 d5 6.Qf3+ Kg8 7.Ng5 QxNg5 8.Qxd5+ Bd6 9.QxBd6# 1-0. See diagram of final position:
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It's in the books, but not in this database. Again, 5...d5 is the best defense. 7...Qd7 works for Black. Chess author Byron Jacobs defended with 7...Qd7 this way: Lux vs B A Jacobs, 1989
So <3...Nxe4> is the Blanel Gambit. It invites the White knight to recapture the invading knight to set-up the center pawn fork trick 4.NxNe4 d5 and Black gains back the piece. In the game above, White played 4.Bxf7+ regaining the pawn before 5.NxNe4.
White's immediate 4.NxN recapture is no advantage IF Black proceeds accurately. Instead of allowing the center pawn fork trick, White <often brings out the queen> to threaten checkmate ala Scholar's Mate. Then Black will retreat his en prise knight to good effect 4...Nd6, preventing checkmate and threatening the Bc4.
Here's a speeding silent chess movie (arising from a 2.Nc3 Vienna Game) in the main line 4.Qh5 threatening checkmate on f7: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...
Here Mato explains the 4.Qh5 main line: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...
Kingscrusher provides us with another 4.Qh5 main line that arises from Alekhine's Defense: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?... Yes, he said 4.Qh5 "Frankenstein-Dracula" variation.
Have we seen this variation yet? Here's more proof that chess has a universal language! https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...
Look at the danger in this game: Guimard vs Najdorf, 1942
This entertaining double king pawn opening can take off in various directions. Like most gambits, it can be confusing and dangerous if one forgets the precise theory.
Here's another video by Mato where both colors vary with their knights early in the game, taking a different direction (a likely transposition from a Blanel Gambit): https://www.bing.com/videos/search?...