Chigorin Defense (Two Knights Defense) (C59) in the Italian Game

Chigorin Defense (Two Knights Defense) (C59) in the Italian Game

kamalakanta
kamalakanta
May 6, 2016, 8:38 AM |
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In the last few years, the elite players have been using more and more the Italian Game, namely 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4.

In most of the games I have seen, black replies 3...Bc5, and we have seen many games in which White goes for a d3 system, which is known as the Giouco Pianissimo, instead of Giouco Piano, which arises after 3...Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4.

My curiosity is awakened to the fact that I have not seen the Chigorin Defense, also known as the Two Knights Defense, played too often!

Mikhail Chigorin

I shall post a selection of games, and add comments in the next few days. Mostly, I am interested in games in  which Black wins, validating Chigorin's idea....he played this line against Steinitz in their WC match, which is why, I believe, his name is attached to this variation, although he is certainly not the originator of it.

 

Daniel Harrwitz

 

 

 

Adolf Anderssen

 

 

 Ignatz Von Kolisch

 

 

 

Howard Staunton

 

 

Emil Schallopp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semion Alapin

 




 

 

Emmanuel Schiffers

 

 

Henry Edward Bird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isidor Gunsberg

 

 

 

Jackson Whipps Showalter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emanuel Lasker

 

 

Rudolf Rezso Charousek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

José Raúl Capablanca

 

 

    

          
Ilya Rabinovich                                   Levenfish

 

 
                                   

Spielmann                                        Eliskases

 


Vasja Pirc

 

 

     Ragozin                                             Geller

 

 



      Ciocaltea                               Nezhmetdinov

 




         Honfi                                   Tal

 

 

 

 

 

    Hartoch                                      Bisguier    


 

 

 

 



        Ljubojevic                           Van der Sterren

 



        David Bronstein

 



 

        Grischuk                                     Malaniuk

 

 

       Kosintseva                                  Dronavalli

 



       Jan Gustafsson