It Tastes Like Liver...

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.