# Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bc4/3...Nf6/4. Ng5/4...Bc5

< Chess Opening Theory‎ | 1. e4‎ | 1...e5‎ | 2. Nf3‎ | 2...Nc6‎ | 3. Bc4‎ | 3...Nf6‎ | 4. Ng5
Traxler Counterattack
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5
Parent: Two Knights Defence

# Traxler Counterattack

### 4. ...Bc5

The move that signifies the Traxler Counterattack or sometimes known as the Wilkes-Barre Variation. This can quickly lead to mate with the queen.
This bold move ignores White's attack on f7 and can lead to wild play as Black can try a bishop sacrifice on f2 if White plays Nxf7. Instead, White will often prefer Bxf7+.

## Theory table

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation..

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5
4 5 6 7 8
1 ...
Bc5
Bxf7+!
Ke7
Bd5
Rf8
O-O
d6
+/=
2 ...
...
Nxf7
Bxf2+
Kxf2
Nxe4+
Kg1
Qh4
g3
Nxg3
3 ...
...
d4
d5
Bxd5

Nxd4

Bxf7+

Ke7

## Statistics

Estimated next move popularity
Bxf7+ 53.5%, Nxf7 39.5%, d4 7%