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The Two Knights defense is a variation of the Italian Game played by Black. It was first recorded by Giulio Cesare Polerio.

Moves[]

1. e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

1. Bc4 Nf6

a b c d e f g h
8 a8 rd b8 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 pd 7
6 a6 b6 c6 nd d6 e6 f6 nd g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 pd f5 g5 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
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Two Knights Defense

After which, it can easily transpose into the Fried Liver Attack.

Or, black could play d5. After exd5, Black will play either Na5, attacking the bishop, or Nxd5?!

After Nxd5, White can play the safe d4!, the Lolli Attack., or Nxf7! The Fried Liver, sacrificing the knight in order to gain a positional advantage!

a b c d e f g h
8 a8 rd b8 c8 bd d8 qd e8 kd f8 bd g8 nd h8 rd 8
7 a7 pd b7 pd c7 pd d7 e7 f7 nl g7 pd h7 pd 7
6 a6 b6 c6 nd d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 nd e5 pd f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 bl d4 e4 pl f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 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
Position after 6…Nxf7

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