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

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Giuoco Piano
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Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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# Giuoco Piano

## 3...Bc5

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

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

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