Will the Perreux Never Die?
By Michael Goeller
I have lately begun playing the Two Knights Defense as Black more often than I do as White, so I have seen more than my share of the Perreux Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5!?) from the Black side. I suppose it is what I deserve for having popularized it with my website.... I now think the line basically stinks, but it is certainly hard to prove in blitz games, where sharp tactics, deep opening knowledge, and a bit of nerve can change a bad opening into a winning middlegame. This one was closer than my opponent deserved, but still proof that the Perreux should be laid to rest...
joesixpack - goeller [C55]
ICC 2 2 u/Internet Chess Club 2006
A move you will likely see a lot in blitz since you need to know what you are doing as Black to get any edge.
I have also tried 9... Qc5!? against this same opponent but do not have the game. This time I remembered the book move.
Wrong Knight! Better 12. Nfxd4 Nxd4 (12... Ndb4!? 13. Bg4! Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Bxg4 15. Qxg4+ Kb8 16. c3 Nd5) 13. Qxd4 Qxd4 14. Nxd4 Bh7 15. c4 Nb4 Sokolosky-Keres, Moscow 1949 when Black's edge is obvious, even if it might be hard to realize in a blitz game.
More complicated is 14. Nxd4! Nc2 15. Be3 Nxa1 16. Qa4! though Black should win with best play after 16... Nc2! (better than 16... a6 17. Nxf5! Qxf5?? 18. Bg4!) 17. Qxa7 (17. Nxf5 Nxe3 18. fxe3 Qb6) 17... Nxd4 18. Bxd4 Rxd4!?
Much stronger is the simple and greedy 17... Qxb2! I was just seeking simplification so I could enjoy my material advantage in peace....
Safer 22... Kb8.
White forfeited on time in a lost position.0-1
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