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Poll Question: After 8.Qf3!? what is Black's best response.
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8...cxb5    
  6 (11.5%)
8...Qc7    
  3 (5.8%)
8...h6    
  10 (19.2%)
8...Be7    
  14 (26.9%)
8...Rb8    
  17 (32.7%)
8...Bg4    
  0 (0.0%)
8...e4    
  2 (3.8%)




Total votes: 52
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #39 - 08/10/08 at 21:28:30
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(3025) Estimo,S - Balinas,R [C58]
Manila Manila, 1968
[Gligoric,S]
5/244  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 [8.Be2] 8...cxb5!? [8...Qc7] 9.Qxa8 h6 N [9...Bc5 10.0–0 0–0 11.b4 Bxb4 12.Nc3!] 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.Qb8 Nc6!΅ 12.Qxb5 Ndb4 13.Na3 [13.Qa4 Bd7] 13...Ba6 14.Qa4 Qd4!–+ 15.Nc3 [15.d3? Nxd3+] 15...Bc5 16.d3 Qxf2+ 17.Kd1 0–0 18.Re1 Qxg2 19.Bd2 Bf2 20.Ne2 Bxe1 21.Bxe1 Bc8! 22.Bxb4 Bg4 23.Kd2 Qxe2+ 24.Kc3 Rc8 25.Nc4 Nd4 26.Be7 Be6 0–1

(13390) Taruffi,D - Rajna,Gy [C58]
Espana, 1974
[Keres,P]
19/(235)  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 * 5...Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 N 10.Be2?! [10.Nbc3!?] 10...Be7 11.Qg3 0–0 12.d3 Bh4΅ Line

(22310) Van der Wiel,J - Gligoric,S [C58]
Baden Baden, 1980
[Parma,B]
30/256  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 Qc7 [8...Rb8 - 30/(256)] 9.Bd3 h6 [9...Bd6 - 30/(256)] 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.Nbc3 [11.Ng3 g6!²] 11...Nb4?! [11...Nf4 12.Bf1 f5²] 12.Ng3 Nxd3+ 13.Qxd3 Nb7 14.0–0 Bc5 15.Nce4 Be7 16.Qf3² Qd7 17.Qh5 Qe6 18.d3 0–0 19.f4 f5 20.Nc3 Bd6 21.Kh1 Bd7 22.fxe5 Bxe5 23.Bf4 Bxf4 24.Rxf4 Nd6 25.Raf1 c5 26.R4f2 c4 27.Re2 Qf7 28.Qxf7+ Rxf7 29.dxc4 Nxc4 30.b3 Nb6 31.Rd2 Re8 32.a4?! [32.Kg1!?] 32...Re5 33.Nge2 g5 34.Nd4 Rfe7 35.Kg1 f4© 36.h3 Kg7 37.Rd3 Be8 38.Nf3 Rc5 39.b4 Rc4 40.Nd2 Rc8 [40...Rxb4? 41.a5 … €d5] 41.a5 Bg6 42.Rdf3 Nc4 43.Nxc4 Rxc4 44.g3 fxg3 [44...Bh5χ; 44...Re3!?] 45.Rxg3 Rec7? [45...Bxc2χ] 46.Nb5 Rd7 47.c3 Re4 48.Nd4+- a6 49.Kh2 Re5 50.Rf2 Re1 51.Rg1 Re3 [51...Re5] 52.h4! Rxc3 53.Ne6+ Kg8 54.hxg5 Rdd3 55.Nf4 Rd6 56.gxh6 Kh7 57.Nxg6 Rxg6 58.Rxg6 Kxg6 59.Rf4 Rc6 60.Rh4 Kh7 61.Kg3 Rf6 62.Kg4 1–0

(22852) Van der Wiel,J - Torre,E [C58]
Sochi Sochi, 1980
[Parma,B]
30/(256)  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 * 8...Rb8 9.Bd3 h6 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.b3?! g6 12.Qg3 Bg7 13.Ba3 Nb4 14.Ke2? 0–0 15.c3 Bg4+!–+ Line

(22853) Van der Wiel,J - Beliavsky,A [C58]
Baden Baden, 1980
30/(256)  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.Bd3 * 9...Bd6 10.Nc3 Bg4 11.Nb5 Bxf3 12.Nxc7+ Bxc7 13.gxf3 Nd5 14.h4 h6 15.Nh3 0–0 16.b3 Rad8 17.Ba3 Bd6 18.Bxd6 Rxd6 19.a3 ½–½

(24402) Van der Wiel,J - Timman,J [C58]
Nederland (ch), 1981
[Van der Wiel,J]
32/420  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3!? Rb8 [8...Be7!? 9.Bd3 0–0 10.Nc3 h6 11.Nge4 Nd5 12.Ng3 g6©] 9.Bd3 h6 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.b3! g6 12.Qg3 Nf4 13.Bb2 Bg7 14.Ba3 [14.Qxf4?! exf4 15.Bxg7 Kd7! … f5΅] 14...Nb7 15.Nbc3?! [15.Ba6 c5 16.f3!²] 15...f5 16.Ne2 g5? [16...fxe4 17.Nxf4 Qg5 18.Nxg6 exd3 19.Nxh8 Bf5! 20.cxd3 Bxh8 21.Rc1χ; 16...Nxd3+! 17.cxd3 Kf7³] 17.Nxf4 exf4 18.Qf3 Qa5!? [18...Bxa1?? 19.Qh5++-; 18...Be6 19.Nc3±] 19.Nd6+ [19.Qh5+? Kd8 20.Qf7 Qe5!] 19...Nxd6 20.Qxc6+! [20.Bxd6 Kd7! 21.Bxb8 Re8+χ] 20...Kf7 21.Bxd6 Re8+ 22.Kd1 Bxa1 23.Bc4+? [23.Bxb8 Qxa2 24.Bc4+ Be6 25.Qd7+ Re7 26.Bxe6+ Kf6 27.Qd8! Qb1+ 28.Ke2 Qxh1 29.Bd6+-] 23...Be6 24.Re1? [24.Bxb8 Bxc4 25.Qxc4+ Kf6 26.Qc6+! Re6 27.Qa4±] 24...Bxc4! ™ 25.Qxc4+ [25.Qd7+? Kg6! 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Qxe8+ Bf7–+] 25...Kg6 26.Bxb8 Rxb8 27.c3 Qxa2! 28.Re6+! [28.Qe6+? Kh5 29.Qf7+ Kh4] 28...Kh5 29.Rxh6+ ½–½

(93171) Van der Wiel,J (2490) - Ernst,S (2520) [C58]
Groningen Groningen, 2004
[Van der Wiel,J]
92/319  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 Rb8?! [8...Be7; 8...Bg4!?] 9.Bd3 h6 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.b3 g6 12.Qg3 [12.0–0 f5 13.Re1 Bg7 (13...fxe4 14.Qxe4‚) 14.Ba3 fxe4 15.Bxe4 Be6! 16.Bxg6+ Kd7χ; 12.Bb2!?] 12...Bg7 13.Bb2 [13.Ba3?! Nb4©] 13...Nf4 [13...0–0?! 14.Bxe5 Bxe5 15.Qxe5 Bf5 16.0–0 Re8 17.Qd4 Bxe4 (17...Rb4 18.c4 Nf4 19.Nf6+) 18.Bxe4 Nb4 19.Qxd8 Rbxd8 20.a3!+-; 13...Qc7 14.Ba3! Bf8 (14...Nb4 15.c3) 15.0–0±] 14.Qxf4! [14.Ba3?! - 32/420] 14...exf4 15.Bxg7 Kd7 [15...Rg8 16.Nf6+ Ke7 17.Nxg8+ Qxg8 18.Be5±; 15...Rf8 16.Nf6+ Ke7 17.Nh7! Re8 18.0–0 Qb6 19.Bxh6±; 15...f5 16.Bxh8 fxe4 17.Bxe4 Qe7 18.Nc3±] 16.Bf6!± [16.Bxh8? Qxh8„] 16...Qe8N [16...Qf8 17.Nbc3] 17.0–0 [17.Kd1!?] 17...Kc7 18.Re1 Bf5 [18...Be6? 19.Be5+ Kb6 20.Nbc3‚ …Rd8 21.b4+-] 19.Na3! [19.Nbc3? Qe6! 20.Bg7 Rbe8 21.Bxh8 Rxh8 22.Ng3 Qf6 23.Nxf5 gxf5²; 19.Bc3 Nb7 20.Na3 Rd8±] 19...Qe6?! [19...Rd8?! 20.Nc5+-; 19...Nb7!? 20.Nc4 Rd8!±] 20.Bc3 Qd5 [20...Nb7 21.Nf6+- … ₯e5] 21.Nc4+- [… ₯e5] 21...Nxc4 22.bxc4! [22.Bxc4?! Qxe4±] 22...Qd8?! [22...Qd7?! 23.Be5+; 22...Qe6™ 23.Nc5! (23.Nf6?! Qc8 24.Re7+ Kd6! 25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Rd7+ Qxd7 27.c5+ Ke7 28.Nxd7 Kxd7 29.Bxh8 Rxh8 30.Rb1±) 23...Qc8 24.Be5+ (24.Bxh8!?) 24...Kb6 25.Bd6! Ka5 26.Reb1!] 23.Ba5+ [23.Ba5+ Rb6 24.c5]  1–0

(95760) Van der Wiel,J (2500) - Van Leent,D (2305) [C58]
Hoogeveen (open) Hoogeveen, 2005
[Van der Wiel,J]
95/231  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.Ba4!? [10.Be2 ά 19/(235); 10.Nbc3 cxb5 11.Nxd5 Bb7 12.Ne3 Qd7© (12...Qd4?! 13.d3 Bb4+ 14.Ke2!²) ] 10...Be7 [10...g6 11.Nbc3; 10...Nb6!?] 11.d3 [11.Nbc3?! 0–0 12.Bxc6 Nxc6 13.Nxd5 Nd4 14.Nxe7+ Qxe7© …15.Qd1 (15.Qd3? Ba6) 15...Bb7] 11...0–0 12.0–0 f5 13.Ng3!?N Be6 [13...f4 (… g5ƒ») 14.Ne4 Bf5 (14...g5 15.Qh5) 15.Nbc3 Nb6 16.Re1²] 14.Bd2 [14.Re1 Nb6 (14...Bd6!?) 15.Bb3² (15.Rxe5?! Bd5χ) ] 14...Rb8 [14...Qb6 15.Nc3 (15.Bxa5!?) 15...Qxb2 16.Nxd5! Bxd5 17.Qh5± Χ€a5, f5; 14...Qc7!? … €b7] 15.Re1! [15.Bb3 Nxb3 16.axb3 Qd7χ … f4] 15...Bd6 [15...Bf6 16.Nh5] 16.Na3² Nb4 [16...Rxb2 17.Bxa5 Qxa5 18.Nc4 Qxa4 19.Nxb2 (19.Nxd6!?) 19...Qxc2 20.Nc4 e4 21.Qd1!±] 17.c3 Nd5 18.b4 Qh4! 19.Qh5 [19.Nc2? f4 20.Qh5 Qxh5 21.Nxh5΅ ά 21.€c2] 19...Qxh5 20.Nxh5 f4! [Χ€h5] 21.bxa5 [21.Nc2? Nb6! (21...Bg4 22.bxa5 Bxh5 23.Bxc6 Ne7 24.Ba4 Bg6 25.Nb4!±) 22.Nxf4 Bf5 23.bxa5 Nxa4΅ Χ€c2, ₯d2; 21.Nc4 Nxc4 22.dxc4 Nb6 23.c5! Nxa4 24.cxd6 Bg4 25.Rxe5 g5!χ] 21...Bxa3 22.Rxe5 Bb2 [22...Bf7 23.Bxc6! a) 23.Bb3? Bd6! 24.Rf5 g6 25.Nf6+ Kg7³; b) 23.Nxf4!? Bb2 (23...Nxf4 24.Bxf4 Bb2 25.Rf1±; 23...Rb2 24.Bc1 Nxf4 25.Bxf4±) 24.Nxd5! Bxa1 25.Bxc6²; 23...Bb2 24.Rae1 Nxc3 25.Rc5± (25.Nxf4? Nb1?³) ] 23.Rae1 Bxc3 [23...Bf7 24.Bxc6!± ά 22...₯f7] 24.Bxc3 Nxc3 25.Rxe6 Nxa4 26.Re7ƒ Rf7 [26...Rb5 27.Nxg7 Rf7 28.Rxf7 Kxf7 29.Ne6±] 27.Rxf7 Kxf7 28.Nxf4 Rb2“ [28...Rb5!?] 29.h4 Rxa2 30.Rb1 Nb2? [30...Rb2! 31.Rxb2 (31.Rc1 c5²) 31...Nxb2 32.Kf1 g5 33.hxg5 hxg5 34.Nh3 Kf6²] 31.d4 [Ή31.h5±] 31...g5! 32.hxg5 hxg5 33.Nh3 Kf6 34.Rc1 Rxa5 35.Rxc6+ Kf5 36.f3 Nd3?? [36...g4™ 37.fxg4+ Kxg4 38.Rg6+ Kh4 39.Kf2! (39.Nf4?! Rg5 40.d5 Nc4 41.d6 Nb6²) 39...Ra3 (39...Rf5+ 40.Ke3 Nc4+ 41.Ke4 Rf8 42.d5±) 40.d5!±] 37.g4# # 1–0

(95761) Shanava,K (2490) - Gaprindashvili,V (2440) [C58]
Baku Baku, 2005
[RR]
95/(231)  1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.Ba4!? Be7 11.d3 0–0 12.0–0 f5 * 13.Nec3 Be6!?N [13...Bb7; 13...Kh7!?; 13...Nb6!? …14.Bxc6? e4 Van der Wiel,J] 14.Re1 Bf6 15.Bb3 Nxb3 16.axb3 Nb4 17.Na3 Re8© ©

(98502) Short,N (2676) - Hebden,M (2532) [C00]
Liverpool Liverpool, 2006
[Short,N]
Inf 98/236 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 h6 9.Ne4 Nd5 10.Ba4 Be7 11.d3 0–0 12.0–0 f5 13.Ng3 Be6 14.Re1!?N [14.Bd2 — 95/231] 14...Bd6 [14...Nb6 15.Bb3 Nxb3 16.axb3 Bd6 17.Nd2±; 14...Qd7!? 15.Nd2!? a) a) 15.Rxe5 Bf6 16.Re1 (16.Rxf5 Bd4!΅) 16...f4 17.Ne4 Bg4 18.Nc5 (18.Nxf6+? Rxf6 19.Qe4 Re6–+) 18...Qf5 19.Qe4 Qh5‚; b) b) 15.c4 Nb6 (15...Nb4? 16.Rxe5 f4 17.Ne4± …Bg4? 18.Rxe7+-) 16.Bd1 Rad8 17.Nc3 f4 18.Nge4 Qxd3 19.Qxd3 Rxd3 20.b3²; ] 15.c4 [15.Bd2²] 15...Ne7 16.Bd2 c5 17.Nc3 a6 [17...e4 18.dxe4! Bxg3 19.Qxg3 Qxd2 20.Qe5! Rf6 21.Qxc5 Nxc4 22.Qxe7 Nxb2 23.Bc6+-] 18.Nd5 [Ή18.Nh5 Ng6 (18...f4 19.Nxf4) 19.Qh3 (… €g7) 19...Rf7 20.Rad1±] 18...Nac6 19.Bxc6?! [19.Nh5! e4 (a) 19...Nd4 20.Qg3 Rf7 21.Be8!!+- (*) 21.Bxh6? Nxd5 22.cxd5 (22.Bxg7 Kh7!) 22...f4΅) ) 20.Qh3 (20.dxe4 Nd4 21.Qd3 fxe4 22.Qxe4 Nxd5 23.cxd5 Bf5 24.Qe3 Bg4 25.Ng3 Bf4 26.Qd3 Bxd2 27.Qxd2 Qxd5 28.Qc3!±) 20...Nd4 21.Nxg7 Kxg7 22.Bxh6+ Kg8 23.Qh5 Rf7 24.dxe4±] 19...Nxc6 20.Bc3² Qe8 21.h3 [21.Ne2 f4!; 21.Re2!?] 21...Rd8 22.Re2 Bb8 23.Rae1 a5 24.a3 [24.Nh5 Qf7 25.Ne7+!? Nxe7 26.Bxe5 Bxe5 27.Rxe5 Rd6! 28.Rxc5χ (28.Nf4 Nc6! …29.Rxe6 Nd4³) ] 24...Nd4 25.Bxd4 cxd4 26.Nb6 [26.Rxe5 Bxe5 27.Rxe5 Bxd5 28.Rxd5 f4 29.Rxd8 (29.Nf5 Rxd5 30.Qxd5+ Kh7 31.Nxd4 Qe1+ 32.Kh2 Qxf2„) 29...Qe1+! (29...Qxd8 30.Ne2 a4²) 30.Nf1 Rxd8 31.Qxf4 Qb1„] 26...e4 27.dxe4 [27.Nxe4!? fxe4 28.Qxe4 Bd7™ (28...Bf7? 29.Qb7+-) 29.Qxd4 Qf7 30.Re7 Rde8! (30...Bf5 31.Nd5 Qg6 32.Rb7 Kh8 33.Ree7²) 31.Rxe8 (31.Nd5 Bd6!) 31...Rxe8 (31...Bxe8 32.Nd5 Kh7 33.b4±) 32.Rxe8+ Qxe8 33.Kf1 Bc6 34.b4 axb4 35.axb4 Qh5!„] 27...f4 28.Nf1 Qc6 29.Nd5 Qxc4 30.Nd2 [30.Ne7+! Kh7 (30...Kf7 31.Nf5 d3 32.Rd2) 31.Nd2 Qc5 32.Nd5 Bxd5 33.exd5 Qxd5 34.Qd3+ Qf5 35.Re4²] 30...Qb5 31.Qb3 Qxb3 32.Nxb3 Bxd5 33.exd5 Rxd5 34.Rd2 Be5 35.Nc1 a4? [Χ a4] [35...Rc8! 36.Nd3 Bd6 37.Kf1 Kf7χ] 36.Nd3 Bd6 37.Rc2² f3 [37...g5! 38.Rc4 Ra8 39.Re4 Bf8!² …40.Rexd4 Rxd4 41.Rxd4 Bg7„] 38.g3 h5? [38...Rb8] 39.Rc4± h4 40.g4 Ra5 41.Rxd4 [Ή41.Re4] 41...Rf6 42.Ree4 Bc7 43.Kf1! Rc6 [43...Bb6 44.Rd7!± (44.Rxa4? Rxa4 45.Rxa4 Rd6 46.Ne1 Rd2–+) ] 44.Rxa4 Rxa4 45.Rxa4 Rd6 46.Ne1 Rd1 47.Re4+- Rb1 48.Re8+ [48.b4!?] 48...Kh7 [48...Kf7 49.Re3] 49.Rf8 Bd6 50.Rxf3 Rxb2 51.Rc3! Be5 [51...Ra2 52.Nc2 Kg8 53.Kg2 Kf7 54.Kf3] 52.Rd3 Bb8 53.Nf3 Ba7 54.Rd2 Rb3 55.Kg2 Rxa3 56.Nxh4 Bb8 57.Nf3 Bf4 58.Rd4 g5?! 59.h4 1–0


  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #38 - 08/10/08 at 14:29:30
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LeeRoth wrote on 08/09/08 at 21:59:48:
I don't play this, but after 8..Rb8 9.Bd3 the line 9..h6 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.b3 seems to favor White.  Maybe 9..h6 just kicks the Ng5 where it wants to go. Why not simply 9..Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Nc3 and only now 11..h6 since  12.Nh3 allows 12..Bg4 and 12.Ne4 Nd5 seems OK for Black?


For a long time, this line with b3 was considered to be the refutation of 8..Rb8. This was the famous stem game of this variation (and I believed was covered in chesspub before):

[Event "Groningen Harmonie"]
[Site "Groningen"]
[Date "2004.12.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Van der Wiel, John TH"]
[Black "Ernst, Sipke"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C58"]
[WhiteElo "2493"]
[BlackElo "2521"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2004.12.21"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[EventCategory "10"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.11"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8.
Qf3 Rb8 9. Bd3 h6 10. Ne4 Nd5 11. b3 g6 12. Qg3 Bg7 13. Bb2 Nf4 14. Qxf4!! (A fine positional sacrifice that can only be illustrated and explained clearly by going through the next few moves. White's pieces work harmoniously while Black's pieces are in disarray) exf4
15. Bxg7 Kd7 16. Bf6 Qe8 17. O-O Kc7 18. Re1 Bf5 19. Na3 Qe6 20. Bc3 Qd5 21.
Nc4 Nxc4 22. bxc4 Qd8 23. Ba5+ 1-0

However, I think things are not so simple and Black does have sufficient modes of play. For example, 9..Bd6, preparing a quick castling followed by Nd5 and f5 is an aggressive way to go and not at all easy to meet. Take a look at how a 2389 player went down without a fight:

[Event "Tadeusz Gniota mem 22nd"]
[Site "Police"]
[Date "2007.07.12"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Owczarzak, Jerzy"]
[Black "Malaniuk, Vladimir P"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C58"]
[WhiteElo "2389"]
[BlackElo "2522"]
[PlyCount "52"]
[EventDate "2007.07.11"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "POL"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2007.09.04"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Qf3 Rb8 9. Bd3 Bd6 10. Bf5 h6 11. Bxc8 hxg5 12. Bf5 g6 13. Be4 g4 14. Qe2 Nxe4 15. Qxe4 f5 16. Qe2 Rb7 17. d4 Kf7 18. dxe5 Bxe5 19. c3 Re7 20. Be3 f4 21. Nd2 fxe3 22. fxe3 Kg7 23. O-O-O Qb6 24. Kc2 Rb8 25. Rb1 Qc5 26. Qxg4 Rxb2+ 0-1




  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #37 - 08/10/08 at 04:46:10
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LeeRoth wrote on 08/09/08 at 22:57:10:
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Nigel Davies recommends 8...Rb8 in his book, Play 1 e4 e5!


Actually, he doesn't.  He recommends 8..h6, which he says seems like the most reliable continuation.


Oops, sorry! I thought Davies recommended 8...Rb8 but you are right, it is 8...h6.
  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #36 - 08/09/08 at 23:16:16
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LeeRoth wrote on 08/09/08 at 22:57:10:
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Nigel Davies recommends 8...Rb8 in his book, Play 1 e4 e5!


Actually, he doesn't.  He recommends 8..h6, which he says seems like the most reliable continuation.



I've always considered 8... h6 to be busted. Either Be7 or Rb8 (rb8 if you're adventurous or Be7 is you prefer reliability) H6 is if you're ready to lose.
  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
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Nigel Davies recommends 8...Rb8 in his book, Play 1 e4 e5!


Actually, he doesn't.  He recommends 8..h6, which he says seems like the most reliable continuation.
  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #34 - 08/09/08 at 21:59:48
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I don't play this, but after 8..Rb8 9.Bd3 the line 9..h6 10.Ne4 Nd5 11.b3 seems to favor White.  Maybe 9..h6 just kicks the Ng5 where it wants to go. Why not simply 9..Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Nc3 and only now 11..h6 since  12.Nh3 allows 12..Bg4 and 12.Ne4 Nd5 seems OK for Black?
  
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Reply #33 - 08/09/08 at 20:17:39
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Nigel Davies recommends 8...Rb8 in his book, Play 1 e4 e5!
  
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Reply #32 - 08/09/08 at 08:44:14
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Actually, I wasn't expecting nor starting a discussion but was just bewildered at the lack of interest in a variation as dynamic as 8..Rb8 when it's the most popular option on the poll. Hopefully I can raise the level of interest with the August updates.  Smiley

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Reply #31 - 08/09/08 at 03:24:10
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what line of rb8 would you like us to be discussing? Smiley
  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #30 - 08/08/08 at 21:51:05
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I am currently working on the Colman Variation (8..Rb8!) for August's updates and going through the thread, despite apparent interest from many of the chesspub users, there seems to be very little discussed here with regards to this little known line.

It is interesting to note that it is the most popular retort against 8.Qf3 in this poll!

  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #29 - 06/24/08 at 23:37:27
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why play 2 knights when you can play 3... Bc5!!  Grin  seriously though, wasn't Qf3 a favorite of Morphy? 

i know Ng5 was not popular was popular for a while because Black can have initiative and had to defend a lot.  but if Short revives Ng5 with Qf3 we will probaly see this a lot more and less 4. d4 or 4. O-O  i doubt that the 2 knights will be refuted, it looks too sound to  be refuted.
  
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Reply #28 - 06/24/08 at 01:45:27
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actually I recently encountered another weird move after 8. Qf3 Rb8 9. Ba4?! I can only find one example of this where an amateur played it against Arthur Bisguier. Anyone have comments on this?
  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #27 - 06/12/08 at 22:36:47
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trw wrote on 06/10/08 at 02:25:32:
I personally have always liked Rb8 but I play cxb5 in blitz sometimes Smiley Be7 is definitely playable but I have always regarded 8.... h6 as awful and perhaps Short's comment is not out of place in response to 8... h6



I like Rb8 as well, but I believe it inferior to Be7.


So, is Qf3 really !? or ?!
or just a chess move?
  

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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
Reply #26 - 06/12/08 at 22:26:54
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also kinda off topic but in the line 8... Rb8 9. Bxc6+ Nxc6 10. Qxc6+ Nd7

I have recently seen 11. d4?! played.... anyone think this is a good novelty? I thought it horrible in the game because he creates another weakness... with the pawn on d4 it was easily scooped up without losing my initiative... so very strong attack at the cost of one pawn. But he wasn't particularly the best player so maybe it was not the idea that was unsound.
  
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Re: Two Knights Defence - 8.Qf3!? Line
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I personally have always liked Rb8 but I play cxb5 in blitz sometimes Smiley Be7 is definitely playable but I have always regarded 8.... h6 as awful and perhaps Short's comment is not out of place in response to 8... h6
  
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