The Italian Game

1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6 3.Bf1-c4

The Italian is one of the open games popular in the 19th century and at the moment it is experiencing a renaissance at the top of world chess. The simple and clear development of pieces in the Italian Game make it a very handy opening for beginners.

With the move 3.Bf1-c4 White is taking aim at the f7-square which can quickly turn into the target for an attack.

Mit Weiss gegen die italienische Partie

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Italian - main variation with 3... Bc5

Giuoco Piano: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3

400 years old, popular with the Romantics in the 19th century and suddenly once again bang up-to-date: top grandmasters such as Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So play this setup. White would like either to get in d2-d4 or continue modestly with d2-d3.

Giuoco Pianissimo: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6

This very cautious and simple setup is well suited to beginners. White can now develop his queen's bishop.

Evans Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5

Two Knights Defence 3... Nf6

Two Knights Defence: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6