The Greco Attack – Video

Here’s a video on the Greco attack showing the main line and some key variations.



A trap that isn’t a trap


I’ve been reading a great book for juniors on openings called Ten ways to succeed in the opening by and it gives me an opportunity to talk about a trap that isn’t a trap in the two knights defence.

After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 (Italian) black plays Nf6 which is the two knights defence and commonly seen at junior level white has a choice. Nc3 is common at junior level to defend the e4 pawn but black can then play Nxe4 setting the trap. I still haven’t found a decent app to show the most common traps if anyone knows of one?

If white responds with Nxe4, which is of course the reason white played Nc3 then black has a fork up his sleeve with pawn to d5 forking the bishop and knight. This is meant to be a reason not to play these moves but of course with any trap there is sometimes a way out if you look hard enough.

Black can now justice his bishop to d3 defending the knight which is the main line and after xe4 we have Bxe4 and material is equal. The trap was not a trap after all but still worth knowing as your opponent may be surprised and not know how to respond.

You then see Bd6 defending the pawn and either d4 attacking or castles from white and the game continues.

Of course Nc3 is still not a great move for this reason and better would be d4 attacking the centre, c3 preparing an even stronger d4 and of course the famous Ng5 which is the Fried Liver.




Giuoco Piano – part 3


In the last post we looked at white’s move to d4 attacking the pawn and bishop and how black should respond.

Black could defend his e5 pawn with d6 but where would the fun be in that? Instead black is most likely to take with the e5 pawn in the good old fashioned fight for the centre.

This present white with two options. He can either take back with cxd4 or push the e4 pawn to e5 attacking the f6 knight. Shredder has cxd4 as the most popular move by three to one so let’s go with that for now and we’ll see in the next post how the black bishop responds. What would you do in this position?


Giuoco Piano – part 2


We left off in the last post with white to move and considering whether to defend the e4 pawn with d3 or to play a more aggressive move such as d4 or b4.

There is an opening called the Giuoco Pianissimo which we referred to and means the very quiet game. It should be avoided mainly because it’s boring! But let’s look at anyway so you can see why.

We can get there through transposition if white plays d3 to defend the e4 pawn. This starts to lock the board down and the most popular response from black is d6 as there’s not much else he can do! Moves beyond that take us out of the Giuoco Pianissimo so we won’t look at them here but as we’ve said before you’re going to find it hard to beat someone quickly from this sort of position so you should avoid it!

So one of the best options for white here is to ignore the threat to e4 and play d4 forking the pawn and the bishop. This is still the Giuoco Piano and in the next post we’ll look at the response from black to this move.

There’s an interesting video on this below which suggests d4 as the way to go which leads to some interesting variations. Check it out at;