One of the oldest chess openings, the Italian game (also known as the Giuoco Piano) still has relevance today. While no longer an effective knockout weapon against a prepared opponent, the Italian has seen a resurgence in the last couple of years due to the influence of defences to the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) such as the Berlin and the Marshall. Saric believes every serious e4-player should have both 3.Bb5 and 3.Bc4 in their repertoire, and will show you how to create maximum problems for your opponent using systems with d3. Known as the Giuoco Piannisimo, or "very slow game", this opening can easily transpose to wild positions in as little as one move. Many people wrongly think that these systems are boring and drawish, when in fact this is far from true.
Develop a quiet but positionally sound weapon against 1...e5.
In this series GM Ivan Saric covers almost all possible choices for Black in order to create a complete repertoire for White starting with 3.Bc4. White's starting moves are quite logical, developing and generating pressure against the weakest spot in the black camp: the f7-pawn.
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