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What's everyone's favorite openings and why? What makes for good play, or what do you try to avoid? Doesn't have to be complex, don't even need to put a name to it or anything.

I'm still a fairly new player, and am still paying more attention to my middle and end games. I usually play e4 for white, as I enjoy the sharper games that seem to come from it.

However, one game I was playing Black, and was exposed to an opening which I later learned was dubbed the Fried Liver Attack (ChessMaster told me so). I've played it once or twice since, and think it's quite a bit of fun.

The moves:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bc4

I believe that's the Italian opening?

3. .. Nf6

Two Knight Defense (I only learn the names of the openings when I review the games in ChessMaster).

4. Ng5 d5
5. xd5 Nxd5
6. Nxf7 Kxf7

King has to take the knight.

7. Qf3 Ke6

King has to protect the knight.

8. Nc3

Start to build up pressure....

It was a cool game (at least I thought). White gave up a knight for a pawn, but was able to bring my king out to the center of the board. I eventually lost the game - though I'm sure that was more due to my lack of skill than the position itself.

I hope my notation is correct - it's been a while.

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