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Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bc4/3...Nf6/4. Ng5/4...Bc5

Traxler Counterattack
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

r1bqk2r/pppp1ppp/2n2n2/2b1p1N1/2B1P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R

Parent: Two Knights Defence

Traxler CounterattackEdit

4. ...Bc5Edit

The move that signifies the Traxler Counterattack or sometimes known as the Wilkes-Barre Variation.
This bold move ignores White's attack on f7 and can lead to wild play as Black can try a bishop sacrifice on f2 if White plays Nxf7. Instead, White will often prefer Bxf7+.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5
4 5 6 7 8
1 ...
Bc5
Bxf7+!
Ke7
Bd5
Rf8
O-O
d6
+/=
2 ...
...
Nxf7
Bxf2+
Kxf2
Nxe4+
Kg1
Qh4
g3
Nxg3
3 ...
...
d4
-

StatisticsEdit

Estimated next move popularity
Bxf7+ 53.5%, Nxf7 39.5%, d4 7%

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ReferencesEdit

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.