In previous videos we have looked at some different moves for White on move 8 in the Fried Liver Attack. The video at the end of this post shows a new line after White plays 8.Be2. The image below shows the position I’m referring to.
First, let’s do a quick recap of what we have covered so far after Move 8 in Black’s Polerio Defense to the Fried Liver Attack, and then what we will cover today:
We have seen that Qf3 leads to a huge initiatve for Black after he responds 8…Be7 (or even 8…Rb8, but Be7 is slightly better). In this line, Black offers up another pawn to the Fried Liver Addict, who usually takes it, ceding the massive initiative. Well, White might as well take the material, because if he delays the capture, he’ll either have to move his attacked Bishop on b5 or take the c6 pawn anyway, in either case still giving Black a big initiative but without the extra material.
Having covered the abovementioned lines, that leaves us with 8.Be2 and 8.d3. The latter move is the best move in the position according to the strongest engines (although it is still a fighting game). So let’s first continue our analysis with 8.Be2. In the video below I analyze a live online blitz game that I played the other day. Stakes were high, at least for me, as winning this game would put me back over 1800 blitz rating on Chess.com for the first time in a while. Multiple lines need to be covered after 8.Be2, so in this game I focus on one interesting continuation for Black. I’ll cover others in future videos. So, here we go!
And here is the link to the game: https://www.chess.com/live/game/1495140072