Fried Liver Attack

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 The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time controls, and in fact, Crafty (a popular chess engine), gives black a significant advantage in the final position shown. But it can be effective in a quick game against a weaker player.



One thing to note regarding this attack, black's fifth move, as shown, is typically regarded as a mistake. Many books, such as "Modern Chess Openings 14th edition" suggest Na5 for black's fifth move. After Qf3+, black probably will protect the knight with his king since other moves let white take it and white will be up a pawn with a good position. If black decides to do that then it will be under great pressure with Nc3, with white having a good position.

Of course there is always a defense. My favorite is the traxler attack which features Bc5!! Allowing the fork! It was named after some guy with the word Traxler in his name. It goes like thies


                               Very cool! Very active!

                                       The fried liver is dangerous for white and is full of tricks and traps so If You like to live life on the edge- It's a good thing to try out! And to try to defend against it!

But d5 is always an option


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    very effective to get black king into the centre of the board
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #2


    I never played this before but it does not look to fun for black. But then again it might be very fun for black.
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #3


    Ive played this before. Its very effective against not-so-good people . But I think the Fritz variation (5... Na5) is better for blck as it gains time by threatening the White Bishop. Also the Ulvestad (5...b5) is OK for Black.
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #4


    i forgot the sequence for the Lolly attack that arrises now, i don't even know if thats the right name!

    help me out.Cry

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #5


    play normally continues 7....Ke6 8.Nc3 Nce7 9.Qe4 c6...... then white continues with d4 and f4 etc, really exiting line this, played it a lot OTB years ago, but nowadays everyone seems to play 5.....Na5
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #6


    6.QH5 instead of Nxf7 is much better



  • 8 years ago · Quote · #7


    First technique I've known, plus the name was pretty much to remember in mind, with a picture of a burned and done, smelling delicious above the liver on the dish in front of u.....Laughing I've eaten pork liver, tell u.

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #8


    im yet to test the fried liver,but it seems inviting to me.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9


    Actually, the Fried Liver is a sound opening

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #10


    black is okay if he/she heads for c7 with the king and returns the material at the right moment or remains a piece up - ulverstadts is a potent variation

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #11


    Here's an interesting article by Dan Heisman

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #12


    A very fun opening for making black nervous.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #13


    also i always read "good against weaker opponents"

    well, every opening is good if the enemy is weaker then you.

    the fried liver attack ads alot of pressure on black, so it's

    good against human players, because one blunder or error and

    the enemy is mate faster then he thinks.

    from what i saw so far, 0-0 is a good continuation for getting the rook

    in the action.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #14


    qh5 does not work because of g6 and then the queen falls back and loses the knight

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #15


    My favorite opening. But it's very useless at 5. Knight A5, if you want to keep going black will be better.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #16


    This is better.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #17



  • 3 years ago · Quote · #18


    i like fried liver black or white

  • 23 months ago · Quote · #19


    Surprised to see it gives black good chances at equally high strength. If that were the case, Na5 wouldn't be the preferred move at the highest levels, considering how equal it is. Why not go to the center and dare white to try the attack if it really isn't good for white? 

    I think for two equally strong computers playing at GM level, the fried liver is advantageous for white, if not necessarily decisively so. The material can typically be reclaimed if a faster knockout is avoided (which it will be at the GM level). The value of rapid development and coordinated pieces shouldn't be undersold. Sure, those advantages dissipate, but a strong engine playing it should be able to capitalize on them at least enough to recoup losses. 


    I have no experience with crafty, but most engines I have looked at the fried liver with equate it to being up a bit more than a pawn. 

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #20


    can someone show the variations and how to continue the attack

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