The Modernized Italian Game for White
by Alexander Kalinin & Nikolai Kalinichenko
In recent years, something incredible has happened: the brilliant Spanish has been edged out by an old Renaissance opening; the Italian! Almost the entire world, all the way from those competing in world championship matches and elite events right down to players in amateur competitions, began to place their light-squared bishop on c4 on the 3rd move. We should note that the romantic times of the Greco Attack and the Evans Gambit are gone forever.
The modern treatment of the Italian Game is filled with the ideas gleaned from the Spanish. White prefers the modest pawn advance d2-d3 as opposed to the rapid d2-d4, after which they often send their queen’s knight along the Spanish knight’s tour b1-d2-f1-g3. It is no wonder that such an interpretation of the opening was dubbed the Italian/Spanish Game by the experts. In fact, in the notes of the Italian masters of the 17th century, the line of the Italian Game with d2-d3 was named the Giuoco Pianissimo, or the “quietest game”, which conveys its character with surprising accuracy.
This book will first reveal the main strategic ideas and typical plans of the modern Giuoco Pianissimo, and only then will the reader be offered a review of the modern theory of the Italian Game, centered around practical examples from grandmaster games.
This book will help you to create an effective opening repertoire, to improve your understanding of chess strategy, and to bring you hours of enjoyment, spent on examining the instructive games of modern grandmasters and the greats of the past.
Paperback, 384 pages, Thinkers Publishing
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