The Italian Game hasn't been on the cutting edge of theory in a century, but GMs Karjakin and Nepomniachtchi have recently used it to great effect. Watch as GM Dejan Bojkov shows you the subtle positional and sharp tactical ideas Nepomniachtchi used to defeat GM Mamedyarov in the Tal Memorial! | Watch video
How does Magnus Carlsen plan against Hikaru Nakamura?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn gives you an in-depth look at Carlsen’s preparation for this world-class battle against America’s top player.
Watch how Carlsen develops a powerful center and a devastating attack in one of the most popular openings, the Italian Game. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan walks you through a fascinating attacking game she played in the Politiken Cup.
Find out why WGM Abrahamyan chose an Italian Game over the more popular Ruy Lopez against her opponent’s e5 opening.
Learn what she thinks about the various systems in this popular beginners’ opening, why she deviates from the usual Italian move order, and her advice on how to build a kingside attack in a closed center. | Watch video
One of April's featured authors starts a new video series this weekend, designed to answer a reoccurring question from many of our beginning chess players: What are the most popular openings I need to know before playing in tournament chess? Well, over the next few months FIDE Master Valeri Lilov will be bringing you all the answers! We start with one of the most commonly seen openings throughout the history of chess... | Watch video
GM Khachiyan shows a second game of his from this mainline Italian Game, but this time he switches to the white pieces, and we get an insight into the kind of maneuvering that occurs with a locked center. How to use a space advantage, what pawn breaks are important for white and black, when to open the game. | Watch video