The Italian Gambit ,Random Statistics,Fried Liver
In my database of Saved Games, I did the statistics on games since 1/20/2006.
I played 9 2 Knights games as white of these I won 4 and lost 5. I played 30 2 knights games as black of which I won 13 and lost 17.
As to skill level of my opponents I could determine 21 of their ratings. Of these I was rated lower at the time of playing 18 of 21 times.
The book I find interesting there is alot of discusion of the Italian game
1. e4 e5
2. Nc3 Nf6
3. Bc4 Bc5
Trouble is statistically I find most people myself included like to play the Two Knights Defense. 3....Bf6.There is only 30 pages devoted to the 2 Knights. They are however 30 very good pages. One of the things I picked up was some ideas around delaying the Fried Liver Attack by a tempo or two to make it far stronger. Opening the e-file,Castling first for a much stronger attack.
For comparison sake I have the traditional Fried Liver which is a longer battle and if Black is a good defender has a fair chance of winning.If he is able to swap off enough pieces, his king is well activated for a strong endgame.
Classic Fried liver attack
Traditionally Ng5 is played on the 3rd move. White hasn't castled. White rooks don't enter into the attack till much later.
Check out whites move 4 d4 7 00 and 10 Nc3!!.
Fischer shows his knowledge of Morphy games
Check out Whites 6 d4 7 0-0 12. Nc3
I also find it interesting that Nxf7 is delayed until blacks Be7. Very good things to know.