Mastering the Fork Trick - Lesson 1: Early Move Orders and a Common Rookie Mistake
This video is the first of an instructional series on the Fork Trick variation of the Italian Four Knights. This opening is very popular in scholastic chess and occurs most frequently at under 1200 level. I will guide you through the ins and outs of this tactical variation, starting with the most common mistakes beginners typically face. At various points in the video, I offer exercises for the viewer to help build a critical understanding of the tactics.
Below is a variation key to help you review the material and return to topics of interest.
Early Move Orders (1:52)
Four Knights Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bc4
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bc4
4...Nxe4! (Fork Trick) 5.Nxe4 d5
NOTE: 5.Bxf7+ and 5.0-0 will be covered in future separate lessons, although I already have a rougher unedited first video in my first blog post.
Brief discussion of 6th move alternatives (6:40)
6.Bxd5 Qxd5 (8:05)
- 7.d3 Bg4 (9:15)
-- 8.Nc3 (10:12)
- 7.Nc3 Qd6 (16:38)