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Defending the Atomic Attack

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Defend a popular line in the atomic attack with black.

Defending Atomic Attack

In atomic attack games this line frequently arises:

1. Nf3 f6 2. e3 d5 3. Ng5 fxg5 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qe5 Be6 6. Nc3 b5 7. Bd3 Nd7 8. Qxc7 d4 9. Nd5 Bxd5 10. Bc4 bxc4 11. b3 e5 12. Ba3 Bb4 13. O-O h5 14. h4

It is tempting to play Nf6 here, however white will play f3, g3 and black's attack on king side is too slow. Black can give a few checks with the knight, but nothing life threatening and finally white gets a technical win with their material advantage.

Without analysis playing g5 looks dangerous because then white can play f4 and the f file will open up for their rook.

However analysis shows that black can afford this, and even let white give checks. It turns out that backward development of white queenside does not let white bring the other rook into play and black can hold a draw.

1. Nf3 f6 2. e3 d5 3. Ng5 fxg5 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Qe5 Be6 6. Nc3 b5 7. Bd3 Nd7 8. Qxc7 d4 9. Nd5 Bxd5 10. Bc4 bxc4 11. b3 e5 12. Ba3 Bb4 13. O-O h5 14. h4 g5 15. f4 gxh4 16. fxe5 Nf6 17. Rf5 Rg8 18. g3 h4

White can give checks here, but black has enough room to move the king around on the d7-c7-d6-c6 squares, no mate there, and finally when the checks are over, black will take the pawn either with pawn or even worse if pushed then with knight, white has to interpose the rook and cannot hold down both the h and the g files. Black can just switch their rook between these two files, white queen rook is too late to the party.

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