In the level of tournament chess, is the Traxler Counterattack just a dubious opening or a blunder? In club or online chess it works just fine, but it is one of those opening rarely seen in professional high level chess.

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 1.  e4   e5
 2. Nf3  Nc6
 3. Bc4  Nf6
 4. Ng5  Bc5
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    "tournament chess" at what rating level? For most amateurs it's probably about as good as the usual d5 line -- you're likely gambiting a pawn one way or another. It seems that White must play 5 Bxf7+ (rather than the natural 5 Nxf7) to get an opening advantage with accurate play, but even that's far from a forced win. – Noam D. Elkies Dec 29 '18 at 5:48
  • Andrew's answer to this question might be helpful: chess.stackexchange.com/questions/322/… – Inertial Ignorance Jan 4 at 7:23

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