In this variation of the Fried Liver Attack, white plays 8. Qf3.
I call this the Fried Liver Addicted variation for white because I noticed that, as I moved up in the ratings on chess.com, a lot of players abandoned the Fried Liver as white, but the ones who kept playing it mostly seemed to play this variation.
If you are playing black, you should consider Qf3 a slap in the face. White is basically saying that he is going to abandon his development for pawn greed–and he is also saying that doesn’t think you are capable enough to punish him (his plan is to try to survive into the endgame). Well, you know what to do when someone slaps you in the face right? That’s right–it’s time for all-out attack!
The video below shows one example game of mine, along with some points about the differences between black’s two main alternatives on the eight move (8. …Rb8 and 8. …Be7).
This is what so many Fried Liver games come down to. If black is able to succeed using his middle game initiative and attacking skills, he can usually punish white for his opening play. Not only does black usually get the material back, he often gets even more or simply mates white.
If white responds with 8. Qf3 to black’s Polerio defense, black must be willing to go down two pawns. It is amazing that, even down the two pawns, Stockfish still gives black a small but immediate advantage after giving up the material. This evaluation is based on a HUGE middle game initiative and attack. The game basically comes down to whether black can punish white for his opening greed.
Have fun with either 8. Be7 or Rb8. See the video above for explanations of the differences between the two moves and a sample game (sorry for the phone ringing in the background in the beginning, forgot to edit it out). Share your thoughts and games below!