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A new look at the Italian (Giuoco Piano) Ivan Saric

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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.

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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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  • Introduction

    02:56 min
  • Rare 3rd moves

    21:21 min
  • 3...d6 and 3...Be7

    21:35 min
  • 3...Nf6 4.d3 h6

    20:22 min
  • 3...Nf6 4.d3 Be7

    17:23 min
  • Main line: 3...Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bb3 a6 8.h3 Ba7 9.Re1 and 9...Ne7

    11:20 min
  • Main line: 3...Bc5, with 9...h6 10.Nbd2 and 10...Nh5

    15:31 min
  • Main line: 3...Bc5 with 9...Be6 or 9...Kh8

    11:28 min
  • Main line: 3...Bc5 with 9...h6 and 10...Re8

    10:20 min
  • 3...Bc5, followed by retreating to b6, rather than a7

    10:19 min
  • 3...Bc5 with 7...a6, but not Ba7

    12:23 min
  • Move-order tricks and transpositions

    18:08 min
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