Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...Nc6/3. Bc4/3...Bc5

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Giuoco Piano
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

r1bqk1nr/pppp1ppp/2n5/2b1p3/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R

Giuoco Piano[edit]

3...Bc5[edit]

White's main plan is to take control of the center with a d4 push. He must choose if he does it right now--4. d4 to get a lead in development (despite the loss of the pawn)--or if he prepares it with moves like 4. c3 or 4. b4.

White may also forget about the d4-push, and play a quieter line, by supporting the center with 4. d3.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5

4
Giuoco Piano
Main Line
c3
Nf6
=
Giuoco Pianissimo d3
d6
=
Evans Gambit b4
Bxb4
=
O-O
Nf6
=
Italian Gambit d4
Bxd4
=
Jerome Gambit Bxf7+?
Kxf7
=+

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.