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The Plans And Ideas Of :The Giuoco Pianissimo

Before we get started on the instructional portion of this blog post, I would first like to tell you about the history of this opening. As this is a fairly common opening, I can only hope to scratch the surface of the rather encyclopedic history of the opening at hand, the Giuoco Pianissimo.The Giuoco Pianissimo debuted in 1737 in what was a rather convincing victory for black in only 17 moves! Here is the game (source:Chessgames.com) I will not comment on the game as it is not essential to your understanding of the position and i provide this game merely as a significant part of the opening's history. 

Now keep in mind that white was an unknown player (and a weak one at that) and black was a (fairly) strong player for the period of time at which the game was played. Now that we have the history portion out of the way, I will go on to explain what attracted me to the opening. Years ago, as a moderately strong (for scholastic standards) player, I found this opening a low-risk alternative to its sharp counterparts such as the Sicilian Najdorf and Grunfeld. It gave both sides a fairly equal game without the previously mentioned tactical melee. I then started playing the opening in small scholastic tourneys and after having surprisingly good results, I kept it in my opening repertoire and play it to this day in both tourney and casual play. On to the instruction. I will now bring us to the main position of the Giuoco Pianissimo.

 And i will finally bring this instructional blog post to a conclusion with an unannotated high-level game from this position.The game is unannotated because I think it is important for YOU to try to find the correct plan for both sides so I'll leave the analysis to you this time. Here is the game.
Thanks for reading,
Miles

Comments


  • 19 months ago

    kadoctoreipRgeg__

    lol, what a mate in the last one. first one: enournmusly fast tempo in opening... gooood post

  • 19 months ago

    pianoman4

    Thanks Bruceh

  • 19 months ago

    Bruceh

    Very well done. I am impressed by your presentation : ). Keep' em  comin'

  • 19 months ago

    vslakshmi

             Thanks .

  • 19 months ago

    nnhh

    A good post, thank you.

  • 19 months ago

    Gummug

    Thanks for the explanation. I used to play guioco pianissimo (which I believe means "very soft play" or "very soft joke") all the time then a man I used to play with told me it was out of date so I stopped using it but now wish I hadn't. He told me it had been superseded by the Ruy Lopez. Anyway, the first games in Tartakower's "500 Master Games" were the Guioco Pian(issim)o, so that's why I used to like to play it 'cuz I studied (and still study) that book. *whew* I'm done.

  • 19 months ago

    pianoman4

    Your welcome,I'm glad you enjoyed it.Due to the favorable responces I will continue Writing these articals.My next post in the series will be about a Caro-Kann novelty.

    Miles

  • 19 months ago

    glynd94

    thanks mate, this looks like a pretty cool opening, please keep it up :)

  • 19 months ago

    hank100

    Thanks pianoman4

  • 19 months ago

    evilchesslord

    This is a popular and important opening to know. thanks

  • 19 months ago

    joaolima39

    Very interesting, I always like to see these variants openings!

    (although I do not currently play e4, I have done as well as c4 - English Opening - now, as I prefer white d4 and e4-e5 not as black)

    Greatfull for your blog.

  • 19 months ago

    Willmaja57

    very nice I like it.

  • 19 months ago

    pianoman4

    valentijnraw,yes the Evans Gambit is also an alternative.Hmm...maybe that will be my next post.Either that or an endgame.

  • 19 months ago

    sayouka

    i can see more clearly now tkx

  • 19 months ago

    evilchesslord

    Nice post. I play the italian opening and looking forward to more. :)

  • 19 months ago

    pianoman4

    Thank you,I'm glad you've enjoyed it,

    Piannoman4

  • 19 months ago

    PazzoPaisano

    I have contemplated this opening for years, and you just gave me good enough reason to use it. I am not fond of the mirror start, but the advantages for White are obvious as the game progresses.

  • 19 months ago

    smtktc

    nice post.it will be usefull for me if you continue

  • 19 months ago

    ARIF_IND

    good post

  • 19 months ago

    _36darshan--

    You have explained the opening quite well. Thanks :) 

    But I don't play e4 at all. I hate playing as white against Sicilian.

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