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.

► 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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  1. Sportivo Ameliano>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Cerro Porteño

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

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

  4. i like your video from Bangladesh

  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!

  7. Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

  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. 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

  11. 4:35
    I'm not sure but is it

    bishop takes on d6 check
    Queen takes bishop
    Queen f7#

  12. I love this video! Do you have or if not would you please do a crash course on the CaroKann? Much appreciated awesome content.

  13. Winning move at 4:42 is Bishop takes d6 with checkk, king has no legal moves so Queen is forced to take the Bishop and stop defending f7 leading to Qf7#

  14. 4:46 I think the best move is Bxd6+.
    It is check to the king and also attacking c7 Queen. Then black has only two options Qxd6 or Qe7.
    If Qxd6 played, f7 square has no defender. so white just simply plays Qf7 checkmate.
    if Qe7 played white just play Bxe7+ to take black's queen. Then black's only move is Kxe7. Because if knight takes e7 bishop, white can play Qf7 checkmate. Then white plays Rxa1 and get huge material advantage and win the game

  15. Ghazara Yaosharal • 𐤏𐤆𐤓𐤀 says:

    4:40 you force the Queen to take by checkin with the dark square bishop (Bxd6)

  16. Ghazara Yaosharal • 𐤏𐤆𐤓𐤀 says:

    I fry everybody's liver on a daily
    Thanks for the upgrades!

  17. 4:44 Bxd6+ ‼️
    Two tactics involved
    First one which is obvious, double attack to the king and queen

    Now the second one, which is not so obvious to all people, is the DEFLECTION TACTIC!

    See, using the 1st option of black: Qxd6,
    then the black queen leaves the 7th rank, specifically the f7 square UNPROTECTED … And therefore, white will play Qf7#

    Now using black's 2nd option: Qe7 or Ne7
    Same move like before, Qf7#

    But wait! Can't the black queen on e7 take the white queen on f7? No it can't, why? Because it is PINNED to the king because of our bishop on d6.

    And so I believe that's the full solution to the puzzle!

  18. I started off playing the Italian game this vid makes want to go back to it

  19. Hey Igor, nice video!!!
    Do you think you could create a nice one with Evans Gambit for white players? It would be really cool!!!!

  20. 8:37 "We're gonna take a look at both options".
    Proceeds with only showing one of them.👍
    Everything else was well explained though.

  21. We need more videos like this. I never play Nc3 after Bb4+ because I'm afraid of losing a pawn so I usually response with Bd2. I don't know that white can have good attack event when down a pawn. In amateur level, down a pawn is nothing as long as we can keep attacking.

  22. My most favourite game is Italian gambit. I have a query here, what's wrong with pushing pawn a3 to back white bishop to a2 and save from black knight and keep the diagonal open? LOVE and thanks from Bangladesh.

  23. When knight a5 why dont you go qa4+? Doesn't It attacks the knight

  24. I’m a beginner and I Love your videos. I watch them over and over. I’m wondering if you could do a video over what to do when somebody refuses your gambit such as the mengarini, englund, or Evans gambits? I seem to get in trouble when they don’t take what I have offered.

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