Both sides have had equal points untill now. If the Black knight is moved, then White can move their knight with discovered check. What should Black do?

[FEN ""]
[StartPly "11"]  

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Nxe5 Nxe4 6. Qe2
  • What moves hold your knight and also make f3 less powerful?
    – B.Swan
    Sep 8, 2020 at 13:26
  • The sicilian-defense tag definitely does not apply, since Black's c-pawn is untouched. I removed it.
    – Annatar
    Sep 8, 2020 at 13:43
  • In the game I played Bf5, white played f3, then I played Nc5, white played Nc6 and queen will be lost. I resigned here. Oh so are you suggesting Bc5, and after f3 a check. But still knight is in danger
    – shatheesh
    Sep 8, 2020 at 13:46
  • what was the opening sequence out of curiosity?
    – Dheebs
    Sep 8, 2020 at 14:11
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    How did you get here? If the d-pawns are on the board, it's one of those Petroff countergambits that C. Hertan does so well with: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4 4. Qe2 Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 and so on. Sep 8, 2020 at 16:02

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Based off your position; I let the engine play it out and the below was the "best" output I received. This is just an old fashioned slog for the centre. A lot of trading going on.

[Event "Analysis Request"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2020.09.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Unknown"]
[Black "Unknown"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkb1r/ppp2ppp/8/4N3/4n3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKB1R w KQkq - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "10"]

1. Qe2 Qd5 2. Nd3 Be7 3. f3 Nd6 4. Nf4 Qc6 5. Nd3 O-O *

1. Qe2 Ngf6 2. Nd2 Qd5 3. Nxe4 Nxe4 4. Qb5+ c6 5. Qxd5 cxd5

Based of the board; Blacks castled to safety, the white Queen is in danger of (Re8 ... Bh4+). White feels "under developed" and has less control of the board.

  • Black should be up material - he started with three knights! Sep 8, 2020 at 14:03
  • I realised i stuffed up the fen; it has since been rectified;
    – Dheebs
    Sep 8, 2020 at 14:07
  • @shatheesh should be all good now;
    – Dheebs
    Sep 8, 2020 at 14:15
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    I don't know how you used your engine, but if 4.Nf4 followed by 5.Nd3 is the best it comes with in this position, you might as well dump it and think by yourself.
    – Evargalo
    Sep 8, 2020 at 15:04
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    @Evargalo Maybe 5.Nd3 is a typo and the engine actually played 5.Nc3 which makes more sense.
    – bof
    Sep 9, 2020 at 2:49

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