By solid attacks, I mean, attacks that have been tested over time. They don't necessarily have to be used at the top-level. I will give an example of what I am looking for:

The Fried Liver Attack can be used against the Two Knights Defense and the Traxler Counter Attack can be used against the Fried Liver Attack.

  • I believe you are misusing the term "Fried Liver Attack". I think you mean it to refer to 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 3.Nf6 4.Ng5; however, the Fried Liver attack happens only after 4...d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7, 6.Nxf7 (the option for white is 6.d4) is what defines the Fried Liver attack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Knights_Defense,_Fried_Liver_Attack
    – Akavall
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 15:34

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I think the Cochrane gambit is sound enough:

[FEN ""]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7!?

Also the Evans Gambit:

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4

The Marshall counter-gambit in Ruy Lopez, sacrifices are pawn and gives black a good attack. However, it seems that some Grandmasters are using it as drawing tool, but for us black should have an attack.

[FEN ""]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5
  • OK, good answer. I think my understanding of attacks is wrong. When I am thinking of attacks, I am thinking of a set of moves that have the name attack such as Fried Liver Attack, Traxler Counter Attack, Grand Prix Attack, Lolli Attack. Are gambits classified as one type of attack?
    – xaisoft
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 16:09
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    Opening names are pretty arbitrary, there is very little system to them. "Attack" basically means that it is an opening that white chooses to play; variations that are defined by a black move are often called "Defence". Or, rarely, "Counter Attack". But that doesn't mean that those lines are classified as something, or that they have something in common. Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 20:11
  • As @RemcoGerlich said the names are arbitrary. Any attack that includes a gambit, could very well be named Gambit, and I am sure there cases when an opening is referred to as both. Some openings that have a name Attack don't require a gambit. For example, Austrian Attack, Bayonet Attack, so Attack is more general.
    – Akavall
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 21:33
  • Oh, and there is Queen's Gambit which is hardly a Gambit, the names are set arbitrarily :).
    – Akavall
    Commented Feb 20, 2013 at 21:35

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