Ponziani - Jaenisch Counterattack 3

May 30, 2008, 1:01 PM |

So far we have briefly looked at the two main variants of the Jaenisch Counterattack:

  1. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 (blog 1)
  2. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 Nxe4 (blog 2)

In this blog we examine one more variation, with anoth in blog 4.  These being:

  1. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 d5 (blog 3 - this blog)
  2. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 d6 (blog 4)

Both of these variants give White a lead.  The first with a superior centre and pawn structure (even gaining a pawn in many lines) and the second with a big space advantage and lead in development. 

The 4...d5 in particular has a lot in common with the mainline, so it is to be expected that the advantage will not be as great, for White, in this line.

  I've tried using the www.chess.com software for the blog, rather than just my diagrams and notes.

 You can scroll throught the moves, but you have to click on move list on the diagram to see all of the variations and sub-variations!

There is a lot or detail in there, so read it through once, before going back and examining in more detail.

Let me know whether you prefer this style or the old style and I can update and proceed accrordingly.

Don't forget to comment if you'd like me to continue!


In the next blog we will be examining 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.d4 d6.