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  • Glenn Julich

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Ugh.  You couldn't fry liver enough to make it taste good.  I grew up in the south, but I never developed a taste for liver.  


One of my last blog posts focused on my reviewing the Italian Game opening and a number of the various black responses that come into play.  From further reading, the Italian Game has three primary defenses black can play.  One of those defenses, the Hungarian Defense is played to prevent the Fried Liver Attack. So the Hungarian Defense is:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Be7

Here it is visually:

So it got me curious to learn about the Fried Liver Attack, which I found is rather common among beginning players (i.e., patzers like me).  The goal for white, when playing the Fried Liver Attack, is to sacrifice a Knight and really throw the black pieces into utter chaos.  White accomplishes this by moving his knight to g5 and double attacks the weak f7 pawn with his knight and bishop. Here is how the successful Fried Liver Attack would start:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7!


As you can see, white forces the black King to attack his Knight and loses his ability to castle and is also thrown out of the back rank and susceptible to all sorts of attacks.  

One of the best instructional videos I've found on the Fried Liver attack is done by GM Kaidanov. He does a fantastic job of breaking this down for patzers like me.

He makes a great observation that moving the knight a second time to g5 is really considered a premature attack. It violates one of the central tenets of an opening: to mobilize your pieces.  Not moving a piece twice!

Here is the link to this fantastic video: Kaidanov's Comprehensive Repertoire: Two Knights Defense with Liver!

Enjoy! And let me how this strategy has worked for you in games in the comment section.

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  • Glenn Julich

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

As I re-boot my studying of chess, I was thinking I would start by reviewing the Italian Game and working on it in matches and with the computer. 

To review, The Italian Game is characterized by this opening:

Now to review the specifics ins and outs, and where to go after white's bishop to c4m, I'd like to recommend a video. I found this fantastic video from by a channel I subscribe to on YouTube called "thechesswebsite." 

Even though I have been playing for years, I am an utter novice when it comes to theory, so he breaks it down very nicely and I realized I need to review a couple of other items he mentions as well: 

  • Blackburn Shilling Attack

  • Fried Liver Attack

  • The Rousseau Gambit

Be sure to check out his channel if you haven't already.  His content is fantastic.

  • Glenn Julich

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

I recently downloaded the app by called Dr. Wolf. I've used it for about two weeks now and wanted to share my experiences with it from the perspective of a novice player.

After I did a few sample games with the app, I enjoyed it enough to go ahead and sign up for a subscription. At the time of this writing, the subscription cost is $4.99/month.

After about two weeks, I have found that I have learned quite a bit from it and I'm enjoying the plain-English explanations of why my moves were good or bad. I enjoy playing this better than an unresponsive computer opponent, anyway.

Often, he will teach you something before the game and when you play him in the next game, he will setup (usually) that scenario that you can learn to recognize that pattern. Okay, that's pretty cool!

I especially enjoy the feature where he recommends we flip sides after I make a blunder so I can better appreciate my mistake.

My main complaint about the software is that it is a subscription model. I get that this is the most common means that software companies are going about making money these days, but I would rather pay up to $29 once for this app and be done with it, rather than have a subscription. So my plan at this time is to work with it daily for a few weeks and see how it goes.

Also, I readily admit that this is no replacement for a chess coach. I am consider this in order to get me off to a good start and see if it would work for someone as busy as myself. Right now I'm just trying to get some basics down before I make that jump.

I should add that I have read in the forums several complaints about the app by more seasoned chess players. They feel there are a number of inaccuracies about the recommended moves. I'm not really qualified at this point to make this assessment, but I did appreciate their reviews.

To learn more about this app, visit the official Dr. Wolf page:

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