In a king's pawn opening, both players bring out their knights before contemplating further development.
Despite its deceptively peaceful appearance, the Four Knights can lead to wild gambit play as well as calmer positional waters, while adherents include the renowned tactician from Latvia, Alexei Shirov.
Jan Pinski delves into the secrets of the Four Knights for the first time, studying the tactical and strategic ideas for both white and black players.
Pinski covers both the fashionable main lines and the tricky sidelines, bringing the reader right up to date with the expanding theory.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6
- 4 Bb5: Spanish Four Knights
- 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4: Scotch Four Knights
- Three: Other Systems 4.d4 Bb4
- The Belgrade Gambit
- Glek System