Fried Liver

May 5, 2010, 4:47 AM |

OK, under normal circumstances I wouldn't share a game like this, but I was out fishing with a friend a few weeks ago and two things happened.

1. he told me about the Fried Liver attack, and although I visualised what he was talking about, I'd never actually heard of it (I know, I know)

and 2. I visualised what he was talking about! Yes yes, this was quite an epiphany for me. I never actually realised someone could say to me "e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Bc4 Nf6 Ng5 ... " and that I'd be able to follow it. Hallelujah! I can see lord!

So, on my - unnamed - favourite live chess site ( #1 for correspondence chess mind!) I thought I'd give the old e4 e5 Nf3 opening a crack if for no other reason than to try out the fried liver. The aggressiveness of the move appealed, and the risk of facing a well played response putting me a piece down, but positionally up also greatly appealed.

... and so along came two weeks of rebuttals. (5...Na5 - my favourite)

... and then tonight, against someone who - like me - had obviously never run into this little variation, not only did I finally get to try it out, but, well.. this happened:



OK, not the most inspirational game... but it sent my little heart into a flutter. I think I'll retire the fried liver from my repertoire now - except perhaps for the odd surprise - but that was fun!