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The Anti-Knight Attack, or the Anti-Fried Liver, refers to a variation of the Two Knights Defense. h6 is played, preventing Black from going to g5, threatening a fork. With the rising popularity of the Italian Game: Knight Attack, this has become prominent in the lower levels.

Moves[]

1.e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bc4 h6

a b c d e f g h
8 a8 rd b8 nd c8 bd d8 qd e8 kd f8 bd g8 nd h8 rd 8
7 a7 pd b7 pd c7 pd d7 pd e7 f7 pd g7 pd h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 pd 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 pd f5 g5 xd h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 bl d4 e4 pl f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 nl g3 h3 3
2 a2 pl b2 pl c2 pl d2 pl e2 f2 pl g2 pl h2 pl 2
1 a1 rl b1 nl c1 bl d1 ql e1 kl f1 g1 h1 rl 1
a b c d e f g h
The Anti-Knight Attack

Counters[]

White can respond by exploiting the tempo gained and begin developing their pieces or attack the center. d4 is a good idea because after exd4, then White plays Nxd4, Black might recapture and you could play Qxd4, having an advantage in development and activity. After which, White can castle kingside.

a b c d e f g h
8 a8 rd b8 nd c8 bd d8 qd e8 kd f8 bd g8 nd h8 rd 8
7 a7 pd b7 pd c7 pd d7 pd e7 f7 pd g7 pd h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 pd 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 bl d4 ql e4 pl f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 pl b2 pl c2 pl d2 e2 f2 pl g2 pl h2 pl 2
1 a1 rl b1 nl c1 bl d1 e1 kl f1 g1 h1 rl 1
a b c d e f g h
Qxd4
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