A dubious opening where Black protects the attacked e5 pawn by playing f6. The White move Nxe5 is an inviting sacrifice.
Diagram: Damiano’s Defence
The sacrifice 3.Nxe5 looks very inviting. Indeed, if accepted, White has a great attack with Qh5+ and Qxe5, with Bc4 and/or Bg5 to come. But Black can actually decline the sacrifice.
Diagram: Damiano’s Sacrifice Declined
White has to be careful with a trap here. Qh5+ looks strong but is a losing move.
Diagram: Damiano’s Sacrifice Declined Trap
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