The Italian game analysis by Antonio Radić
The Italian Game is a family of chess openings beginning with the moves:
- 1. e4 e5
- 2. Nf3 Nc6
- 3. Bc4
The opening is defined by theof the white bishop to c4 (the so-called “ “), where it attacks Black’s vulnerable f7-square. It is part of the large family of Open Games or Double King’s Pawn Games.
The Italian Game is one of the oldest recorded chess openings; it occurs in the Göttingen manuscript and was developed by players such as Damiano and Polerio in the 16th century, and later by Greco in 1620, who gave the game its mainline. It has been extensively analyzed for more than 300 years.
The term Italian Game is sometimes used interchangeably with Giuoco Piano, although the latter also refers particularly to play after 3…Bc5.
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