The Spanish Four Knights Game

1 e4 e5 2 > f3 k6 3 > c3 > f6 4 i.b5 The Spanish Four Knights is another opening with a very long history, throughout which it has drifted in and out of fashion. Its latest comeback was fashioned by Nigel Short, who utilized it as a surprise weapon against Jona-than Speelman in their 1991 Candidates match. Spurred on by Short's good results with the opening, other English grandmasters such as John Nunn and Murray Chandler introduced it into their opening weaponry and the Spanish Four...

Contents

1 Rare Second Moves for White 8 2 The Centre Game and the Danish Gambit 12 3 The Vienna Game (and the Bishop's Opening) 17 4 The King's Gambit Introduction and Rare 3rd Moves for White 36 5 The King's Gambit The Bishop's Gambit 45 6 The King's Gambit The Knight's Gambit 56 7 2 tf3 > c6 Rare Third Moves for White 79 11 The Belgrade Gambit 121 12 The Scotch Four Knights Game 127 13 The Spanish Four Knights Game 142 14 The Two Knights Defence Introduction 159 15 The Two Knights Defence 4 d4 exd4...

The Two Knights Defence The Max Lange Attack

1 e4 e5 2 > f3 > c6 3 c4 f6 4 d4 exd4 5 0-0 Lc5 (D) With 5 ixe4 working out so well in the previous chapter, you might ask why Black would need a second defence to 5 0-0. Well, the honest answer is that he doesn't, but then again no survey of the Open Games would be complete without a look at the legendary Max Lange Attack, which offers both sides such rich attacking possibilities. I also fully believe in Black's chances in the Max Lange and all the other lines at White's disposal here. 5...

Info

This is the Hanstein Gambit. 5 H6 6 d4 d6 (D) a) Black has two good replies to 7 & c3 al) 7 Ae6 8 Axe6 fxe6 9 Wd3 Wd7 10 h4 & c6 11 d5 exd5 12 exd5 e5 13 xe5 Axe5 14 hb5 & e7 15 c4 0-0 16 hxg5 hxg5 and Black is a safe pawn up, Grabarczyk-Krasenkow, Polish Ch 1996. a2) 7 ic6 8 < SM5 9 g3 (or 9 )c3 f5 10 exf5 > xf5 11 el+ > ge7) 9 & xd5 10 Axd5 > f6 11 gxf4 )xd5 12 exd5 g4 13 el Af5 and Black's minor pieces are far better than White's, Gi.Hernandez-P.Schlosser, Cienfue-gos...

Ryw

This move, which has some similar properties to 4 g5, is not especially popular or frightening. However, I should point out that it does contain some tricks of which Black should certainly be aware. Black's most dynamic response is to offer a pawn sacrifice himself. Itis true that 5 e5, defending the pawn on f7 and attacking the bishop on c4, looks like an appealing move. However, if White plays simply as in line 'b', then Black's chances of drumming up play in the endgame are minimal. a 6 amp...

C

6 Ad7 is also playable, but the text-move is Black's most dynamic choice. Black secures a gain of tempo by attacking the bishop on b5. Now White chooses between Bl 8Wf3 210 B2 8iLe2 212 Before looking at the main moves, here are some less important ideas a 8 JLa4 this is a common mistake amongst club players 8 h6 9 tf3 e4 10 e2 10 amp e5 Wd4 11 xc6 xc6 12 lxc6 c5 13 gt xa7 Sxa7 and with such a development advantage, Black's extra piece far outweighs three pawns, Arias-Mitkov, Orense 1997 10...

Olg

A third possibility is the pawn sacrifice 7 c3 dxc3 8 sxc3, although in practice Black has scored well from this position. After 8 e7 9 Ac3 0-0 10 We2 amp b4 11 0-0-0 we have a ll c6 12 J.xc5 xc5 13 i.b3 d5 14 a3 a6 15 h4 b5, with a complicated position, but Black remains a pawn ahead, Hector-Nunn, Vejle 1994. b ll sxd5 12 lxd5 b6 13 h4 i.b7 14 i.xc5 bxc5 15 Wc2 xd5 16 Bxd5 d6 17 lt amp bl 5b8 again gives Black an advantage, B.Kristensen-Z.Almasi, Kopavogur 1994. Black can attempt to hold on to...

Bibliography

Nunn 's Chess Openings, John Nunn, Graham Burgess, John Emms and Joe Gallagher Everyman Gambit 1999 Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings Volume C Sahovski Informator 1997 The Bishop's Opening, T.D. Harding Batsford 1973 The Complete Vienna, Mikhail Tseitlin and Igor Glazkov Batsford 1995 The King's Gambit, Neil McDonald Batsford 1998 Winning With the King's Gambit, Joe Gallagher Batsford 1992 Play the King's Gambit Volume 1 King's Gambit Accepted, Y. Estrin and I.B. Glazkov Pergamon 1982 The Scotch...