Italian Gambit

Dec 22, 2011, 8:29 AM |

The Italian game, as Wikipedia says, is a family of chess openings. At the moment, the Italian game is my favorite opening to play. It has so many options. The main line is:

The Italian Game carries many differnt options that you can choose from. On Black's next move, their are 5 pretty good moves for him/her to choose from. The first move is 3... Bc5. This is called the Giuoco Piano (Quiet Game) and is the one of the most common moves for opponents to make. The main line then for white is:
Other options are on the board below:
Another option for black is 3... Nf6 which is the Two Knights Defense. One of my favorite variations with this opening is the Traxler Variation.
This can lead to the Fried Liver attack which is one of my favorite attacks to play against an inexperienced player. If you know the attack, it is pretty easy to evade, but if you don't, it is deadly. The attack goes like this: 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxf7 Kxf7. Now, instead of 5... Nxd5, black can do 5... Na5, which ruins the attack. But I still like the position, but now your knight on g5 is sort of useless unless you can find some way to get your bishop back into a good position.
This was really only a summary of this opening, but it is a little taste of why I like this opening so much. It is safe (which I like) but still has enough potential to be scary. Well, if you would like to learn more about the Italian Game, you can look it up online, on, or even on YouTube.