In the Italian game - first played by Italian chess masters as long ago ...More
In the Italian game - first played by Italian chess masters as long ago as the sixteenth century - White develops the bishop to a strong diagonal, aiming through the center at f7. Depending on how the players continue, it may turn into open, gambit play; or slower, maneuvering play.
- Natural play
- Focus on the center
- Rapid development
- The bishop on c4 might be exposed
- Black's center is not under immediate pressure
Famous Practitioners: Gioachino Greco, Sergei TiviakovHide