Fried Liver Attack by GM Magesh and GM Arun

  • GM arunabi
  • | Dec 24, 2009

This week we shall deviate from studying main lines and focus on a side line instead.  At the request of some of our readers, this week we shall see The Fried Liver Attack (aka The Fegatello Attack) in the Two Knights Defence. The first known game in this system was played in 1610. Later in 1858 Paul Morphy employed this system in his famous Queen's Rook odds game and we shall have a look at this masterpiece.


After 6.Nf7 White develops a very dangerous initiative and it becomes pretty difficult for Black to cope up with the pressure. Though it is not a winning attack for White, it becomes very hard for Black to defend. In our next game we shall see a much better defensive technique employed by Black in which he managed to win the game. 
9.Bb3 instead of 9.Qe4 would have provided better chances for White. In our next game we shall have a look at a similiar idea (Nxf7) in a slightly different position. In this position World Champions like Fischer and Euwe used the Nxf7 idea with tremendous success, but again this idea worked well because of Black's careless Nxd5.
The 6.Nxf7 idea looks very dangerous for Black. Even with accurate defence White retains an edge. Hence 5. ... Nxd5, unless thoroughly analysed, cannot be played for Black. For White, this system can be recommended because the play is easy and can mount considerable pressure on Black. Since many players will find it hard to defend the position with his king stuck in the center, this system will be especially very dangerous against amateur players.


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  • 4 years ago


    ary65, black usually wouldn't be that stupid (if i hurt ur feelings im sorrey

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  • 4 years ago


    thanks a billion  the fried liver is my favorite opening and i still struggle with it

  • 5 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    yeah just tried it and my opponent knew the exact line to counter!Yell

  • 6 years ago


    Fried liver <3 thx for the insights :)

  • 7 years ago


    Thanks for the insights.  I need all the help I can get.

  • 7 years ago


    thanks .....

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  • 7 years ago


    ha ha ha - the black king was on a tourist trip in opponent's land!Laughing

  • 7 years ago


    6 d4! is better

  • 7 years ago


    Dude, endgameplay , ur seriously dumb, now white can play N takes f7!! forking the queen/rook

  • 7 years ago


    Bc5 is the best response. White must be careful not to get destroyed, and black doesn't risk more than a drawn game. I am willing to defend this as black against anyone!
  • 7 years ago


    novice., the queen took your knight because your opponent didnt use the 2 knights defence. When black plays NF6, he blocks the queen. Only then can you use Fried liver

  • 7 years ago


    Thanks for this. One to remember.

  • 7 years ago


    I like this kind of game for the fried liver:

  • 7 years ago


    Novice, ofcourse it can only be played if the opponent actually plays two knights defence, you can´t use it against anything he does.

  • 7 years ago


    This is a very good opening, due to the pinned knight d5 after the King takes on f7.

  • 7 years ago


    I tried it, doesn't work. The queen took my noise!

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