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 Feb 20 '13 at 15:34

I think the Cochrane gambit is sound enough:

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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.

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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 Feb 20 '13 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. – RemcoGerlich Feb 20 '13 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 Feb 20 '13 at 21:33
  • Oh, and there is Queen's Gambit which is hardly a Gambit, the names are set arbitrarily :). – Akavall Feb 20 '13 at 21:35

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