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The Italian Game

Parent: King Knight’s Opening ECO: C50-c59 Origin: 15th -17th Century

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The Italian Game or is a double king pawn opening characterized by the development of white’s light-squared bishop to the square c4 where it attacks Black’s vulnerable f7-square. It is part of the large family of Open Games and King’s Pawn Games.

The opening can be both quiet and slow in nature or explosive and aggressive depending on how both sides would like to handle the opening.

This opening  is one of the oldest openings in chess with the first serious analysis of it being done in the 16th century by players such as Damiano and  Polerio ! There have been many advancements in the ideas for both sides and it is still considered one of the most sound openings in chess despite it’s old age.

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The Italian Game

INTRODUCTION

THE MAIN LINE

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THE MAIN LINE

LESSON 1

THE EVANS GAMBIT

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THE EVANS GAMBIT

LESSON 2

THE TWO KNIGHTS VARIATION

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THE TWO KNIGHTS VARIATION

FAMOUS GAMES

Cinematic Snapshots of famous historic games of grandmasters using The Italian Game designed for you to sit back and enjoy.

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Polerio vs Domenico

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Dubov vs Karjakin

Daniil Dubov and Sergey Karjakin put on quite a display on the Russian Championship Superfinal playing the giuoco piano in the Italian game. A quick b4 is played as a…

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