Fork Trick in the Italian Four Knights - Part 1: 5.0-0!? (Boden-Kieseritzky) and 5.Bxf7?!
The Italian Four Knights is a very common opening in scholastic chess at under 1200 level and a well-prepared player with the Black pieces can often seize the initiative with a strong counterattack early in the game. The above video is the first of an intended series on the open games. This is my first video presentation and I realize that there is a lot of room for improvement, especially with speech and audio quality. Any honest feedback is appreciated. Thanks for watching.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Nxe4! (The Fork Trick)
- 5.Nxe4 d5 regains the piece and will be covered in more detail in the next video.
- 5.0-0!? (Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit): 5...Nf6 and 5...Nd6 are safe options I covered in this video. I plan to cover the more ambitious 5...Nxc3 6.dxc3 f6 in another video.
--- 5...Nd6 (7:10)
--- 5...Nf6 (9:15) 6.Re1 Be7 7.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.Rxe5 d6
----- 8.Re1 (10:25)
- 5.Bxf7?! (29:50) Kxf7 6.Nxe4 d5 is a tricky but dubious option with the following divide:
--- 7.Nfg5+ Kg8
--- 7.Neg5+ Kg8
----- 8.d3 (45:50)
--- 7.Nc3 (1:01:40)
--- 7.Ng3 e4 8.Ng1 h5! (1:05:07)
Problem 5 - Easy (1:10:20) (Moderate if you try to find the full solution for Black paused at the position on the start time.)
Problem 6 - Hard (1:27:00)
NOTE: Unfortunately, I had the king on e8 instead of f7 at the beginning of the last section on 7.Ng3. I did not correct my mistake until 1:08:50. Sorry about this. I realize this first attempt is very rough and I may do another recording to improve it. I am not too happy about the sound either. I realize that the quality is very poor and I would appreciate any constructive advice to rectify the situation. I am thinking about trying to record the audio separately.