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

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Italian Game
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)

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Italian Game[edit]

3. Bc4[edit]

And so we reach the Italian Game. White takes aim at Black's weak f7 Pawn. Now there are a number of options for Black. This opening is more reserved than the Ruy Lopez.

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

3 4
Two Knights Defence ...
Nf6
Ng5
d5
=
Italian Game ...
Bc5
c3
Nf6
=
Hungarian Defence ...
Be7
d4
exd4
=
Paris Defence ...
d6
c3
Bg4
+/=
Blackburne Shilling Gambit ...
Nd4
c3
Nxf3
+/=
Rousseau Gambit ...
f5
d3
Nf6
+/=

Statistics[edit]

Estimated next move popularity Nf6 56%, Bc5 38%, Be7 3%, d6 2%, all else less than 1%

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

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