How to defend against fried liver?

Liam Clery writes:
"7...Ke6, however, is the best move for black and it is still playable."

It is bad advice to suggest that any player of the Black pieces play 5... Nxd5? This is simply an opening blunder, leading to a difficult/lost position known since Greco (if not earlier) in the early 1600s. Moreover, rather than the Fegatello/Fried Liver, 6. Nxf7, White has the Lolli Gambit, beginning with 6. d4, which leads to an improved version (for White) of the Fried Liver. Essentially, by playing 5... Nxd5, Black is gambling with a loss. A strong player will only be too happy to demonstrate the loss to any foolhardy or uneducated player of the Black pieces.

Why play moves that are known to be bad, when there are so many moves known to be good? For instance 5... Na5, 5... Nd4 or 5... b5.

"My advice would be to not play 5...Nxd5 in this variation. Better is 5...Na5! 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 and Black has excellent compensation for the pawn and after you complete your development, you have a favourable position. If you are not prepared to sacrifice the pawn, which is necessary in most lines of the Two Knights Defence, then play 3...Bc5 instead."

That, though, is excellent advice, which the original poster should pay attention to.

Matthew94 writes:
"First when white played Ng5 you can play Bf5, this is the Traxler-Counter attack"

Although the Wilkes-Barr/Traxler has devoted fans, it can hardly be recommended as the height of sound chess. To start with White can play 5. Bxf7+, followed by either 6. Bb3 or 6. Bd5, winning a pawn and preventing Black from castling, whilst paying little in terms of tempo, development or king safety. And as Liam Clery has pointed out, Kf1, rather than the grasping Kxf2 leaves Black short of counter-play for his material investment. Of course facts will never put off the fanatics...!

pawnmulch writes: "Ng5 early, for one, violates the opening rule: don't move the same piece twice in the opening."

Well, it's not so simple. 4. Ng5 creates threats, and is played by top grandmasters as much as other choices on the fourth move, such as 4. d3, 4. d4 or 4. 0-0. White typically wins a pawn, Black gains the initiative, game on.

Na5 is clearly the best way to avoid it altogether (and you need to learn the line there), but the Traxler is so much more fun. It's always so satisfying when my opponent realizes that their own greed has doomed them. :) I haven't won every game with the Traxler, but most of them. It's a solid way to trap your opponent when they think they are the ones on offense.

I also support for Traxler defense as it has defeated me many times and helped me to win many games too try that out. It will result good.

Q: How to defend against Fried Liver?

Ans: 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧

5.bxf7+ is dangerous ,but you just move the king the other side and then can push the pawn that attacks the knight ,also even the bishop if the knight moves ...if the opponent moves the bishop back still its only a pawn and you have more pieces involved in the will go like a equalistic game if HANDLED GOOD ...

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