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C50-59 ITALIAN - TWO KNIGHTS - EVANS GAMBIT

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With 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 White develops his bishop and attacks the weak f7 square, creating the conditions for a romantic game with aggressive play, attacks and counter-attacks.   However if White moves his d-pawn to d3 rather than to d4 the situation changes: strategy becomes more important than tactic, with maneuvering ideas like those characterizing the Ruy Lopez.

Black's reply 3...Nf6 leads to the Two Knights Defence, with sharp and deeply analysed play both after 4.Ng5 and 4.d4 while after 4.d3 White chooses a slower and more strategic approach, that anyway is far from being harmless.

3...Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 is the Italian Game (or  Gioco Piano), another uncompromising opening, deeply analysed in the past. 

Instead 3...Bc5 4.d3 is the Gioco Pianissimo with the above described maneuvering ideas.

IFinally 3...Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.b4!? is the legendary Evans Gambit, largely adopted during the old romantic age, in which White trades the b pawn to achieve initiative and attacking chances.


Opening

Italian Game, Gioco Pianissimo, Evans Gambit, Two Knights Defence

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Last Update April 2016