Are there any known early tactical traps in the so-called Jobava Attack (1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bf4) for both sides? Leaving out the Barry Attack (early g6 by Black).

I once had someone play 3...Nc3, which is dubious but not immediately disastrous. But after 4.Nb5, any response other than 4...e5 and White has a decisive advantage. This is almost the mirror image of the knight attack against the two knights Italian game.

  • Why "almost" ? This is exactly the mirror image of 4.Ng5 is the two knights defense. – Evargalo Aug 7 at 7:57
  • The king and queen are not mirrored! :-) This is not just to be pedantic but because there are no mirror-image counterparts to the Fried Liver Attack or the Traxler Counterattack. For example after 5.dxe5, 5...Nxe5 is obviously not an option as White can simply play 6.Bxe5, while in the Two Knights Defense, 5...Nxd5 is not nearly as bad, even if risky. – itub Aug 7 at 10:22

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