Questions about the Two Knights Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6) and games featuring the Two Knights Defense. ECO codes C55-C59

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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

It's been about 10 years since I played tournament chess regularly. My last rating was 1586 USCF, but it had been as high as 1717. I recently decided to get back into playing chess, and am looking ...
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Two Knights Defense 4. Ng5 - Strategy?

I've been trying do some research on the defence against 4. Ng5, since it has been a really big thorn in my side for a bit of time. [FEN ""] [StartPly "7"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 ...
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In Nakamura v. Friedel in 2009, (22. Bc1) why did Friedel resign?

After White's 22. Bc1, it seems like responding with Rd2 would keep the game alive for Black. I assume Friedel's a more insightful player than I am. What am I missing? That is, from an experienced ...
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What is the best defense for White against the Traxler Counter Attack?

I had posted the question Should Black avoid the Two Knights Defense because of the Fried Liver Attack? After seeing the Traxler Counter Attack from Black, it made me wonder if White should just avoid ...
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Italian Game: Two Knights Defense, Kloss Gambit (C57)

In my recent effort to play as many Evan's Gambit games and an ocassional Lolli Attack, I recently had this game as White: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nb4 6. Nc3 Nbxd5 ...
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Should Black avoid the Two Knights Defense because of the Fried Liver Attack?

It seems like the Fried Liver Attack is too much for black to handle, so it seems it is best to avoid the Two Knights Defense as Black. An example of the Fried Liver Attack is below and Black just ...
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How should I defend against this sacrifice in the Two Knights Defense?

I often get to play this opening : [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. Nc3 Bg4 (5... Be7 6. Be3 Bg4) (4... Bc5 5. Nc3 d6 6. O-O Bg4) Sometimes there may be other moves or ...
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Is the Ulvestad variation playable for black?

The Ulvestad variation starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 Now white's best is 6.Bf1 Nd4 7.c3 leading to this position: [FEN ""] [StartPly "13"] 1.e4 e5 ...
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Should I go for the Traxler Counterattack?

Many of my games as Black feature the Two Knights' Defence. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 Sometimes my opponent will play 4. Ng5, and I usually reply with 4 ... d5. It is not uncommon for ...