Mar 17, 2012, 5:26 PM |

DAMIANO DEFENSE (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6)








History has been cruel on Damiano.This is not the sort of opening that anyone

would want named after themeselves,as we are about to see....

TRAP: 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6

This move is not a good way to defend the e5-pawn. Greco analysed it as bad

for Black as long ago as 1620.

3.Nxe5! fxe5 (3...Qe7 4.Nf3 Qxe4+ 5.Be2) is simply very good for white.

4.Qh5+ Ke7 (4...g6 5. Qxe5+) wins the rook. 

5.Qxe5+ Kf7 6. Bc4+ d5 7. Bxd5+ Kg6



Now the key move:

8.h4! h5 (...h6 9. Bxb7! is similar, while 8....Bd6 allows 9.h5+ Kh6 10.d4+ g5

11. hxg6+ Kxg6  12. Qh5+ Kf6) (12..Kg7 13.Qf7#) 13.Qg5#).


White wins the a8-rook,  since

9...Bxb7 10. Qf5+ Kh6 11. d4+ g5

12.Qf7 forces a speedy mate.