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

  2. 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.

  3. Puzzle @ 4:40 solution: Bxd6+, attacking the Queen & King!
    Only-move: opponent-Queen moves off the seventh rank to capture the (checking) Bishop; then,
    my Queen to f7#.

  4. Hey Igor, at 5:50 Would you be able to cover a video on all the traps if they don't make that bishop check? Its a very common error I notice as I'm only intermediate and I feel like because if that it would be very useful for a lot of players as it's played more than the main line from my experience!

  5. Great video. I've really found that nobody at my level retreats the bishop after the pin though. They trade out for the knight. This video doesn't cover options if that happens. Please cover these lines!

  6. After moving the Night in h4, what about the king moving to h8 (un pinning the king, and if white wants to take the blacks bishop the line for rook is opened. And there is nothing to do for white). What do we do now?

  7. i think that at the creating an escape square for the c4-bishop it would be better to push the b pawn to b4 attacking the bishop and also now the kight cant go a5 what is your opinion?

  8. This Video is so important. Thx Igor. 🙏🏽

  9. 4:38 Bxd6 deflects the queen if the queen loses contact with d6 Bxd6 is mate… I'm wrong there Ne7 blocking this is actually like a mate in 15 or something with perfect defense

  10. If Qb3 with Bc4 controlling white diagonal then why can’t black simply play Kt to a5 threatening white Q and Bishop?

  11. Is there any chance you have a discord server where it's possible to hang out with other chess players and discuss ideas?

  12. Hello sir is the materclass is free? just asking cause i really love to improve my skills in playing chess. Thanks for this video it help me alot.

  13. At 8:38 you say we’re gonna look at both options (ie bishop e6 move vs horse e7 move) BUT then only bishop e7 move is discussed!

  14. Great breakdown of the Italian game and possible play by play of the pieces which are the better moves and not so good ones can only help to learn something I probably did not know Thanks Igor more power to you

  15. The Fried Liver Attack is what really got me into chess openings. Naturally, the Italian Game is the base from which I can serve that Liver.

  16. Hi thanks for your content.
    Just a suggestion, make the background color behind your cam dark instead of white, so it’s less strain on the eyes

  17. bro bishop h5 is mistake and no one over 1600 elo will not play this

  18. 3…Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6. 0-0 a6 The reason white can caslte and allow Bg4 where as black should avoid 0-0..Bg5 is because black doesn't have Nbd7 to support the other knight and has to push the pawns to break the pin

  19. 4:44 guessing Bxe3+, opponent's queen must take, then you checkmate with friendly queen?

    Lemme know if right

  20. after watching this video. bishops are strong

  21. What if blacks bishop takes white knight in the pin after pawn h2 pawn.

  22. Why would black bishop symmetrically respond to white bishop to b5?

  23. We say white is in big trouble not in a big trouble

  24. Traps are great…. If the opponent does this exact set of moves, which is unlikely.

  25. White bishop takes pawn. If Queen takes back then white checkmates with their own queen

  26. 12:52 could you save the night on f3 for the pawns, so you keep the pin on the Queen? If not can someone explain why

  27. Really great video! Learned a lot from it and will correct the mistakes I was making with my number one opening. Thank you 😀

  28. What if black goes knight f6 attacking the kings pawn who is undefended?

  29. With the bishops pinning knight to queen why not just take the knight if pawn on the edge moves up and threatens it?

  30. Hi Igor, at 12:13, can i play a3 instead of a4 so b4 in the future sounds promising ?

  31. I am a 800 level player. I get screwed by bad openings and have such a hard time memorizing all of this. The principles are understood but it's a lot to absorb to avoid falling into common traps right at the beginning of the game.

  32. another nice video. For people playing casual chess its great to have this knowledge. Win rate up 35%

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