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An Attacking Concept in the Giuoco Piano

In the Italian Opening with 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4 the move 7.Nbd2 has replaced the alternatives 7.Nc3 and 7.Bd2 as the new main line. Various strong players have been experimenting with this concept, and although Black is supposed to be doing reasonably well, White definitely retains good practical chances. A new idea was recently introduced by Mamedyarov and successfully employed by Jorden van Foreest. The plan of castling queenside certainly offers White excellent attacking chances, as they plan to launch a pawn storm on the kingside. So far, the right path for Black hasn't been demonstrated in practice, so it’s likely that you will be able to catch your opponent by surprise after studying these original analyses.


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  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2
  • Intro and Move orders
  • Playing with IQP after 7...d5: Trent vs Kramnik
  • New Idea Castling Queenside 7...Nxe4 8.d5 Nxd2 9.Bxd2 Bxd2 10.Qxd2 Ne7 11.0-0-0: Van Foreest vs Navara
  • Outro
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