An aggressive way for Black to meet The Four Knights

An aggressive way for Black to meet The Four Knights


Many players of all levels have problems with the black pieces of how to meet 4.Bb5 in The Four Knights. 4…Bb4 leads to a slightly better game for White, while (sidelines) 4…Bc5 or 4…Bd6 do not equalize for Black either. Next to small advantage, White also does not take much of a risk. Ivan Sokolov battled with this problem (as Black) for decades (trying all the lines available), coming to the conclusion that 4…Nd4! is Black’s best. Complicated play often ensues, Black getting active dynamic play for his sacrificed pawn. A number of important novelties are uncorked in this video! Video is Black’s repertoire based!

Runtime: 65min.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4!

Four knights 4. Bb5 Nd4 (4...Nd4!)

Here White has four choices: a) to force dull and drawish position with 5.Nxd4 – immediately giving up on his first move advantage, b) to try a speculative 5.Nxe5 – which well prepared (after this video & PGN) Black player should not fear, c) going for one of the two main lines 5.Ba4 or 5.Bc4. In the two main lines (5.Ba4 or 5.Bc4) Black sacrifices material (mostly a pawn) to get an active play in return. Tables can often turn and White many times found himself under fierce (devastating) attack. A number of important novelties have been uncorked in this video! Ivan Sokolov made this video looking from Black’s perspective. Studying this video and a downloadable PGN will make viewer confident to meet The Four Knights 4.Bb5 in practice – opting for the straightforward 4…Nd4!