Learn the Italian Game in 20 Minutes [Chess Opening Crash Course]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov gives you a quick crash course on one of the most popular chess openings, the Italian Game, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4.

You will learn the general opening theory, guidelines, key ideas, attacking plans, common errors, and some cool traps. Instead of just memorizing the opening moves, you will learn and understand the key ideas and purpose of each move.

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00:00 Italian Game Chess Opening [Ideas & Plans]
00:24 Why 3.Bc4? Don’t memorize moves, understand the opening
01:18 Giuoco Piano, 4.c3
03:34 Pawn sacrifice for a winning attack
04:32 Can you find the winning move for White?
05:00 If White plays 5.d4
06:55 If White plays 5.d3
09:07 Black plays 5…d6, Classical Variation, Giuoco Pianissimo
10:10 If Black delays castling 6…0-0 and plays 6…a6
11:43 Creating an escape square for the c4-bishop
12:33 Most common error by White (DON’T make this mistake)
14:34 If Black plays Bg4, pinning your knight
17:01 Building up the kingside attack
18:46 Summary & Conclusion

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273 Comments

  1. ► Chapters

    00:00 Italian Game Chess Opening [Ideas & Plans]

    00:24 Why 3.Bc4? Don't memorize moves, understand the opening

    01:18 Giuoco Piano, 4.c3

    03:34 Pawn sacrifice for a winning attack

    04:32 Can you find the winning move for White?

    05:00 If White plays 5.d4

    06:55 If White plays 5.d3

    09:07 Black plays 5…d6, Classical Variation, Giuoco Pianissimo

    10:10 If Black delays castling 6…0-0 and plays 6…a6

    11:43 Creating an escape square for the c4-bishop

    12:33 Most common error by White (DON'T make this mistake)

    14:34 If Black plays Bg4, pinning your knight

    17:01 Building up the kingside attack

    18:46 Summary & Conclusion

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  3. epic i love the italian and now i have more knowledge on it thanks Igor!

  4. Thank you😊😀
    This was really helpful❤
    Please make such a crash course on the Pirc Defence🙏

  5. Great explanation sry brilliant explanation 😁☺️

  6. Hey Grandmaster Igor! could you do inverted reverse prismo video? for Black and showing the effectiveness for black to take a white setup!

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  8. Great video and perfect timing. I have decided to start playing the Italian again. I have a much better understanding of the theory after watching this. Thank you!!!!

  9. I believe the answer to the puzzle is bxd6+ the queen must take back as the king cannot move anywhere Qxd6 and then Qf7#. The tactical motif is called Distraction I belive. I'm probably wrong though. 🤣😅

  10. I beat the best player in my school with this

  11. Have you made a video on the Steiner variation of French Defense? It's not well covered, and you are a great coach. Hopefully someone responds

  12. 4:35
    I'm not sure but is it

    bishop takes on d6 check
    Queen takes bishop
    Queen f7#

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