In my earlier post on White’s first move, we considered that black might launch an early raid with the Lion, giving this position:
Black can now clearly win the Go-Between on 9e. But White does not have to fear this. The proper response is now to play P – 8h, forcing Black to take the Go-Between immediately. If instead White were to play Ln – 6e, Black can respond with P – 9h, add the Dragon Horse on 4j into the attack.
Black replies with Ln x 9e – 9f. Now White can play Ln – 8e, again hitting the Black Lion:
In this position Black can either retreat the Lion to 7h, which is rather humiliating, but is probably the right move. Or s/he can support the Lion with GB – 9g. The latter is the more ambitious move, but it seems to me that Black cannot really hope to get an advantage from an early attack with such a slow-looking move. Experience seems to confirm that White can be happy with this position:
We will look at possible continuations in a future post.