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
I've firstly taken a look into the Traxler attack, but I'm unsure about it since it's such a 'hack' line and well, it's a bit unreliable in a really big match.
I am looking at mainline with
c6, but I am not quite sure how Black keeps up the initiative from there. His queenside looks a bit shattered and White seems to be fine with happily developing his queenside.
Can anyone tell me some kind of plan or theory on the classical refutation against
4. Ng5. The Fried Liver is
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxf7 Kxf7which you probably don't want to go into.