Two Knights Defense
Modern Variation

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Black has two major choices. On move five he must decide what to do about the attacked knight. (See diagram below.) He can move it to e4 or g4, or he can counterattack with d7-d5. The last is most common and probably best. Later, on move seven, black can defend the knight on c6 by 7 ... Bd7, or offer to sacrifice material with the “macho” 7 ... Bc5.