[September 01, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Slaviša Brenjo:
Two Knights Defense

[Line 367 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 without 4. d3]

The quiet continuation in this variation (4. d3) is covered in Line 368, while 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 is another important option where Black gets good prospects with any of the following three moves: 5… d5, 5… Ne4 and 5… Ng4.

The main topic of this opening line is the sharp 4. Ng5 d5 line, where after 5. exd5 Black’s best reply is 5… Na5, as 5… b5, 5… Nd4 and 5… Nxd5 typically lead to better chances for White.

After 5… Na5 6. Bb5+, move 6… Bd7 is an interesting alternative to the more common 6… c6, and we recommend it to club level players. White has a choice among three possibilities after 6… c6 7. dxc6 bxc6, namely: 7. Bd3, 7. Be2 and 7. Qf3. The arising positions are generally very demanding, though Black typically has sufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn.


[Diagram: Black to Move] White King is in serious trouble. What is the best continuation for Black that leads to a forced checkmate in a couple of moves?

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