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chess_champion 38 ( +1 | -1 )
petrov defence cochrane gambit fairly recently i came across this opening (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7) known as the petrov defence cochrane gambit. it seems rather interesting and i would like to know anyones opinion about it, their experience with it, or a link to some website that has various main lines corresponding with it. any help would be greatly appreciated...
calmrolfe 40 ( +1 | -1 )
Cochrane gambit This is a blitz favourite of Nigel Short and I have squirreled away his analysis of this opening !! saving it for use in the future.....

The Cochrane gambit leads to a pretty hairy position and Black's King can be chased all over the Board !! However, as soon as White runs out of attacking possibilities then he is doomed.....

However, have fun as it is a very exciting gambit to play.

Kind regards,

Cal

baseline 24 ( +1 | -1 )
cochrane gambit I have played it four times in correspondence play for three wins and a draw. You can find a pretty complete survey on the cochrane in "A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire" by Chris Baker copyright 1998 Cadogan Books.
chess_champion 42 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks for answering... i have more questions to add though about this interesting opening: why do various articles and programs i have approached to answer some of my questions on this opening say that after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 Kxf7 5. Bc4+ d5 black has got enough of an advantage to win? also which is a better 5th move for white Bc4+, d4, or Nc3? answers to my first thread question or second thread questions would be great...
chess_champion 42 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks for answering... i have more questions to add though about this interesting opening: why do various articles and programs i have approached to answer some of my questions on this opening say that after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 Kxf7 5. Bc4+ d5 black has got enough of an advantage to win? also which is a better 5th move for white Bc4+, d4, or Nc3? answers to my first thread question or second thread questions would be great...
myway316 26 ( +1 | -1 )
chess_champion... The Cochrane is the only line I play vs.the Petroff,as I feel it gives more winning chances for White than the usual 4.Nf3 snoozefests. 5.d4 is recommended as best by Bronstein in 200 Open Games(wonderful book!),and by Forintos and Yusapov in their books on the Petroff.
chess_champion 1 ( +1 | -1 )
myway316 thank you...
superblunder 55 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't play 3.Nxe5 at all! Like myway316 said, it can be a snoozefest, but 3.d4! leads to much sharper and more interesting games without the risks of the Cochrane gambit. In fact a search of a database of master games, 3.d4 scores by far the best of all openings lines for white against Petrov's defense. Of course the cochrane gambit is also a good try, but if your opponent knows his theory very well (and petrov players should!) you will ikely have tough time proving the compensation.
caldazar 147 ( +1 | -1 )
I play the White side of this over-the-board, and my feeling in practice is that while White gets a reasonably long-lasting initiative, it's not quite good enough and if Black is patient (very important; he has to be patient) and is content with slowly untangling his pieces, he will eventually take over the game. One of those "good practical chances" type of positions. Even with good play on Black's part, I doubt White is outright busted, but he is definitely fighting for a draw with only slight saving chances. The only reason I continue to play it at all is that I'm not particularly good at subtle maneuvering and don't have the free time to improve that aspect of my game right now. Also, defensive technique at my OTB level is somewhat poor so psychologically it's better to have the initiative even if I have to take on a theoretically inferior position to obtain it.

After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nxf7 Kxf7, 5. Bc4+ is a rather poor move. The point of Bc4+ is to induce ...Be6, Bxe6 Kxe6 to gain some extra attacking chances against the Black king, but here this is not required. After 5... d5, 6. Bxd5 Nxd5 disarms White, leaving him with no real attack while 5... d5 6. exd5 Qe8+ 7. Be2 also stalls White's attack. If White wants to play Bc4+, he first needs to control d5 more strongly with Nc3 so that Bc4+ d5 can be met by Nxd5 instead of Bxd5. However 5. Nc3 can be met by 5... c6, 5... Qe8, or 5... Be6, all of which stop White's Bc4+ idea.