Fried Liver Attack
In the Italian Game, at move 3, Black usually either
When Black plays the Two Knights Defence, White may decide to try the Fried Liver Attack. With this, White attacks Black’s weak f7 square with the White knight that’s already out. White then sacrifices it to set off a vicious attack on the Black king.
[Note 1] The name ‘Fried Liver’ comes from an Italian word which translates literally as ‘dead as a piece of liver’, or as we might say, ‘stone dead’. The Fried Liver has been played for at least 400 years, and expert players know how to deal with it when playing as Black.
[Note 2] To ‘sacrifice’ means to deliberately lose a piece in exchange for one of lower value so as to produce a good attacking position.)
The main line of play for the Fried Liver attack goes:
1. e4 e5 - A very common
The game might continue something like:
10. Q7, Kc5. 11. Na4, Kb5. 12. Nc3, Ka5. 13. b4, Kxb4. 14. Rb1, Kc5. 15. Ba3++
and Black is checkmated.
However, a skilful Black player can handle White’s Fried Liver Attack in such a way that both players have an even chance of winning.
(If Black wants to avoid the Fried Liver, they can play 5….Na5, attacking the dangerous White bishop on c4, instead of taking the White pawn exd on move 5.
If White does not yet want to launch into the Fried Liver, they can play 6.d4.)