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Italian Game

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'Italian game' refers to any game that follows after the sequence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4. This includes both the Two Knights Defense (3. ...Nf6) and the Giuoco Piano (3. ...Bc4). 'Italian Game' is more accurate than Giuoco Piano, since this literally means 'Quiet Play' and most lines in the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense are anything but quiet, though I suspect the term 'Italian Game' started, because a lot of people just can't spell or pronounce 'Giuoco'.


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    I play this opening a lot. Its pretty good.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2


    my favorite opening.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #3


    I like to play this opening as white.

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #4


    I don't think many grandmasters play Italian game right now. I play against this a lot with black. All of my opponents are 900-1300.

    I am learning Ulvestad variation. This variation for me seems to be better compansation for the pawn than the full main line. Over all I like two knights best. With white I prefer Spanish lines.

  • 12 days ago · Quote · #5


    Knight to G5 I don't see the purpose of that move he can be chase back to F3 and in doing so has wasted a move by moving a it twice as Black has developed H7 pawn. If he would move back to H3,  he would move back to H3 we know that is bad cause a Knight on the rim is dim. Black would then advance his D7 Pawn developing his Bishop and Pawn attack white H3 Knight. Or am i missing something in the Knight to G5?

  • 9 days ago · Quote · #6


    giuoco is pronounced gee-oh-ko, as I just learned

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