A sacrificial motif shared across the Wilkes-Barre Two Knights and the Nimzovich Sicilian

A sacrificial motif shared across the Wilkes-Barre Two Knights and the Nimzovich Sicilian

friscodelrosario
friscodelrosario
Jan 13, 2017, 2:59 AM |
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The appeal of the Wilkes-Barre or Traxler variation in the Two Knights — 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 — is that Black just ignores the threat on f7. No matter which way White captures, Black suffers a little discomfort, but emerges with gain of time after pushing White's pieces back.

There's a similar idea in the Nimzovich Sicilian: