Does anyone know how to put life into the petroff

  • #1

    I have heard about the petroff's terrible reputation for drawing and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to liven up this opening for white?

  • #2

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7!

  • #3

    mmm with the white pieces there is a lot of ways of sharp the Petroff. I am IM and i can suggested an interesting idea to you: 1. e4, e5 2. Cf3, Cf6 3. Cxe5, d6 4. Cxf7!? Is a subestimated variation but using Rybka, Fritz some other chess engine you will realize that is perfectly playable and Sharps the position from the beginning

  • #4

    Great minds think alike!

  • #5

    the sacrifice seems interesting, what are the ideas behind it?

  • #6

    This is my personal favorate line. THe doubled pawns arent weak. The bishops get an open position and black is under developed

  • #7

    Short answer: play the positions out. Grandmasters agree to draws when there are still quite a few pieces on the board. Just play out the equal position. As Magnus Carlsen has shown, the will to win is often enough.

  • #8

    True but if black can calmly develop his pieces and trade couldn't he win the ending with the doubled pawns?

  • #9

    So don't let him trade. That Nxf7 sac is called the Cochrane Gambit, btw, and is played right up to the highest level.

  • #10

    youmsurley do got

    that

  • #11

    wat up every body wats been goin on with you guys today

  • #12

    OTB I play the Cochrane Gambit (It's hell to try to solve in a couple hours) but in these computer correspondence games I play 3. Nc3 and head for the 4 Knights. Give them a dose of their own medicine. Laughing

  • #13

    I like 3. d4 in the Petroff.

  • #14

    i like bring the bishop to c4

  • #15

    Putting petrol in the Petroff!  This I like.

  • #16
    JRgascon wrote:

    I am IM

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  • #17

    I would much rather go OTB than overboard!

  • #18

    3.Nc3 can also lead to a lively game depending on your style.

  • #19

    Arloest wrote:

    Who is trying to liven it up, though?  Did you want ideas for white or black?

    I would like ideas for white

  • #20

    True, thanks!! I just won a game with the sacrifice suggested by many of Nxf7

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