Fork Trick in the Italian Four Knights - Part 1: 5.0-0!? (Boden-Kieseritzky) and 5.Bxf7?!

Fork Trick in the Italian Four Knights - Part 1: 5.0-0!? (Boden-Kieseritzky) and 5.Bxf7?!

NM MetalRatel
Jan 14, 2018, 1:27 PM |

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.


Variation Key:

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)

----- 8.Rg5!? (14:45) Problem 1 - Very Hard (19:50)


- 5.Bxf7?! (29:50) Kxf7 6.Nxe4 d5 is a tricky but dubious option with the following divide:

--- 7.Nfg5+ Kg8

----- 8.Qf3 (31:20) Problem 2 - Easy (32:00)

----- 8.Qh5 (38:05) Problem 3 - Moderate (41:25)

--- 7.Neg5+ Kg8

----- 8.d3 (45:50)

----- 8.d4 (49:00) Problem 4 - Easy (49:30)

--- 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.