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Re: Two Knights Defense vs. 4.d3
Reply #3 - 09/07/07 at 20:20:26
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Jerry_Taylor wrote on 09/07/07 at 11:49:10:
What say you people?  Is IM Pinski crazy, or is this a line waiting for some Black love?    


I answer both questions with no, but I do not trust Pinski. Except the game given by Dji in that other thread a more recent example is Lendwai-Steflitsch, Austria 2001. White could have played 16.Bxe4 and later missed a nice trap.
  

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Re: Two Knights Defense vs. 4.d3
Reply #2 - 09/07/07 at 13:08:06
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yes jerry 6...Bc5 7.Re1! is critical see above
  

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Re: Two Knights Defense vs. 4.d3
Reply #1 - 09/07/07 at 12:13:43
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Well, you seem to have missed our very recent discussion of 4...d5 (and alternatives) here: http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1188774857
  

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Two Knights Defense vs. 4.d3
09/07/07 at 11:49:10
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Against the relatively quiet 4.d3 line in the Two Knights, Jan Pinski in his book "The Two Knights Defense" (Everyman, 2003) makes a good case (with some qualification) for the unheralded 4...d5!?  It makes perfect sense on its face; Black takes advantage of White's innocuous 4th move to get in his key pawn break.  The lines Pinski provides look fine to me - the critical continuation (according to Pinski) of 5.exd5,Nxd5 6.0-0,Bc5 7.Bb5!,Bg4 8.Nbd2,0-0 9.Bxc6,bxc6 10.h3,Bxf3 11.Qxf3,Nb4 12.Qd1,f5 13.Nb3,Bd6 probably leaves White a bit better, but Black has a fully playable position.  All other White continations at move 7 (most importantly, the straightforward 7.Re1, representing 22 of the 38 games in Chess Assistant's "HugeBase," compared to only 3 games with Pinski's preferred continuation) seem to equalize for Black.

I can't find any other published material on this 4...d5!? line - not in MCO, NCO, not in the special Two Knights supplement here, and nothing in the Two Knights downloads available here either.  This suggests that 4...d5!? might be a fantastic practical weapon over the board.  Not only is White likely to be completely unbooked here, but Black takes White in a more tactical position than 3.d3 suggests that he likely wants to go.  

What say you people?  Is IM Pinski crazy, or is this a line waiting for some Black love?    
  
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