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

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)

r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/4p3/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R

Italian GameEdit

3. Bc4Edit

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 tableEdit

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
+/=

StatisticsEdit

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

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External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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