Ruy Lopez, Norwegian Defense
James Dong asked:
I was wondering whether you would give your views on the Bxf7 sacrifice variation in the Ruy Lopez Norwegian Defence? I consider myself an aggressive player and would like to add this to my repertoire as it is very interesting.
Dear Mr. Dong:
The Norwegian Defense in the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Na5) has been considered inferior for quite some time. However, it's positionally suspect, not tactically. Thus the gambit line that attracts you (and it's attracted many players over the years!) isn't sound and certainly shouldn't be part of any repertoire!
Let's take a look at two fairly recent games (don't forget to click on MOVE LIST to see all the text and moves):