"Too late for all that now GP - the point's in the bag! "
I'm trying to keep the points from dropping out of the bag. 😉
My lot are a bit impressionable and may try 7.Qd4 (it no longer features in
opening books on the Four Knights.) and easily drift into an awful position.
I'm up for them gambiting for an attack, even if theory claims it's dodgy,
as long as it sets problems.
But Black has a good (easy to see move 7...Qe7) which blows the White's first move.
7.Bd3 is much more versatile and keeps the pot hot.
7.Qd4 reached a peak in 1891 during the Blackburne - Golmayo 10 game match.
Blackburne won 5-3 winning all his Whites. Golmayo’s 3 White wins
all came with this 7.Qd4 variation.
Though it was not so much the opening, (the games lasted 48, 63 and 68 moves,)
but Blackburne’s endgame that decided these games.
As Black in one game he lost this position.
So to counter the good play White got and demonstrated so well, which adds fuel
to the statement that if a bad opening move is not jumped on then it may
(and often does) turn out to be a good move. I counter offer this.
I hate using GM games as an examples but this, one of the last times this line
has appeared OTB in a top game is perfect and instructive.
Smyslov was not yet the Smyslov who won the World Title 12 years later but
this game gives a hint of what was to come.
In this game White just seems to lose the thread not knowing to go defensive
or attack. It's the kind of White position weaker players should avoid. Not lost but
passive with all the ideas for Black.
I. Bondarevsky - V Smyslov USSR ch. 1945