When we are kids we are mostly taught to play 1.e4, and the first mate we see is the one with Bc4, Qh5 and Qxf7++. It looks like chess theory is turning back to its roots when the move 3.Bc4 was much more popular than 3.Bb5. Nowadays all top tournaments are full of Italian games, and it proves much more difficult for Black to achieve equality there than in some Marshall or Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez. In the Italian, the focus of the battle is transposed from the opening to the middle game which requires from both sides good knowledge of typical plans and ideas - and thus a totally new concept

In the actual DVD Bologan covered all answers by Black against 3.Bc4, especially 3...Bc5, presenting all relevant possibilities for White. It is full of positional ideas and plans, and it it will definitely raise your chess understanding to the highest standards.

• Video running time: 6 h (English)
• With interactive training incuding video feedback
• Extra: Analysis file by the author plus additional Model Games
• Including CB Reader


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • 01: Intro [06:31]
  • Sidelines without Bc5
  • 01: 3...d6 4.d4 Bg4/exd4 - Video analysis [10:04]
  • 02: 3...Be7 4.d4 d6 5.dxe5 dxe5/Nxe5 - Video analysis [06:05]
  • 03: 3...g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7/Nxd4/d6 - Video analysis [08:45]
  • 04: 3...Nf6 4.d3 h6 5.0-0 d6 6.c3 g6 7.d4 Qe7/exd4 - Video analysis [23:50]
  • 05: 3...Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 Bg5/a5/a6/Nd4/Nd7 - Video analysis [13:29]
  • 06: 3...Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 Na5 8.Ba2 c5 9.c3 Nc6 - Video analysis [11:02]
  • 07: 3...Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 h6 8.a5 a6 9.c3 Nh7 - Video analysis [16:18]
  • 08: 3...Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 Kh8 8.a5/h3 - Video analysis [15:03]
  • 09: 3...Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 Be6 8.Nbd2/a5 - Video analysis [13:03]
  • Main Lines with 3...Bc5
  • 01: 4.0-0 d6 5.c3 Bg4/Qf6 - Video analysis [10:16]
  • 02: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.a4 a6/h6 - Video analysis [34:56]
  • 03: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.a4 d6/a5 - Video analysis [17:17]
  • 04: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.a4 a6/h6/d5 - Video analysis [16:39]
  • 05: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Bb3 d5/Nd4 - Video analysis [09:42]
  • 06: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Bb3 d6 7.c3 Ne7/a6/Bb6/Bg4/Be6 - Video analysis [06:16]
  • 07: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Bb3 h6 7.c3 d5 - Video analysis [08:33]
  • 08: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Nbd2 d6 7.c3 a6/a5 and 6...d5 - Video analysis [24:36]
  • 09: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d6 - Move orders - Video analysis [04:40]
  • 10: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Re1 Be6/Nb6/Re8/f6 - Video analysis [10:16]
  • 11: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d6 7.c3 a6 8.Bb3 Ba7 9.Re1 h6 10.Nbd2 Nh5 - Video analysis [13:19]
  • 12: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d6 7.c3 a6 8.Bb3 Ba7 9.Re1 Ne7 10.Nbd2 Ng6 and 9...h6 10.Nbd2 Ne7 - Video analysis [17:57]
  • 13: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d6 7.c3 a6 8.Bb3 Ba7 9.Re1 Kh8 10.Nbd2/d4 - Video analysis [09:26]
  • 14: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d6 7.c3 a6 8.Bb3 Ba7 9.Re1 h6 10.Nbd2 Be6 and 9...Be6 10.Bc2 d5/h6 - Video analysis [23:00]
  • 15: 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.h3 d6 7.c3 a6 8.Bb3 h6 9.Re1 Re8/Nh5 - Video analysis [17:32]
  • Test section
  • 01: Test 1 [00:58]
  • 02: Test 2 [01:18]
  • 03: Test 3 [01:24]
  • 04: Test 4 [00:57]
  • 05: Test 5 [01:24]
  • 06: Test 6 [01:41]
  • 07: Test 7 [00:58]
  • 08: Test 8 [01:13]
  • 09: Test 9 [00:57]
  • 10: Test 10 [01:27]
  • 11: Test 11 [01:25]
  • 12: Test 12 [01:35]

Italian Game

The Italian Game, which arises after 3...Bc5, is one of the oldest chess openings, already mentioned in the famous 16th century Göttingen manuscript. In the centuries which followed it was the most popular way to open the game and its name came about in honour of the masters of the Italian school, who strove above all for free play for their pieces and complicated combinations.

White has several plans at his disposition in the position in the diagram. One of the most aggressive which leads to open positions with a lot of tactical possibilities is, after 4.c3 Nf6 to seize an early initiative in the centre after 5.d4. The move 5.d4 constitutes an attack on the bishop on c5. Black’s best move is to exchange the pawns with 5...exd4, but after 6.cxd4 White has at his disposition a dangerous mobile pawn duo. Here already Black has to play with great accuracy. Thus the retreat 6...Bb6 would be bad, because it would give White’s central pawns the opportunity to advance. Instead of that, he has to play 6...Bb4+, in order to force White to react to the check. The moderate reply is 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2, but in many open games this allows the important central counter-thrust 8... d5, which breaks up White’s centre and gains a tempo with the attack on the bishop on c4. After 9.exd5 Nxd5 all that is left of the ideal centre d4-e4 is an isolated pawn on d4. However both sides have lots of chances here.

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