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The Traxler Counter Attack is very crazy opening!
Doesn't that just lose a bishop and the exchange? Doesn't seem like the best counter attack to me...
I think it is a little bit more complicated than that but I think that black is worse in this position.
Here are som games in the Traxler.The plane is to checkmate the white king early in the game.http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1224609http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1224607http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1226011
It might not ultimately be sound, but if white is unprepared it could easily be over in 10 moves. Obviously, if 6.Kxf2, Ng4+, and next move black can bring his queen out, and all hell ensues. Not for the faint hearted. Excellent video on this at the chesswebsite.com
to reduce the attack firepower, I'd reccomend Bxf7+ and be a safe pawn up
After Kxf2 Nxe4+ is better then Ng4. I have seen the video, it's very good. I found it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te4yVda5mhI
@Skakmadurinn, yeah sorry, my mistake. Love those games you posted too, the first one is an absolute brute!
Yeah, 6.Ke2 is bad move that allows black fantastic mating net. And ajian, 5. Bxf7 is good option but 5. Nxf7 is much more fun, at least for black
Actually the position after 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ is almost losing for white. 5.Bxf7+ is best and after 5...Ke7 6. Bd5 white is better, according to theory.
Interested parties should definitely check this link out it has a dozen or so links to some excellent articles including 5 from New In Chess YearBooks. You can save and/or print out any of the articles that strike your fancy.
BTW, for the record the NIC YB articles conclude that the Traxler is unsound and there is not just one bust, but several.
The man has spoken
I'd gladly play anyone who plays kxf2.
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