My new Italian 2.Bc4 Playbook is a step by step chess opening guide to your easy repertoire for White. You begin 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 followed by d3 and Nf3. The Italian 2.Bc4 is a Bishop’s Opening that heads for the Giuoco Pianissimo. This move order avoids tricky Black gambits (such as the Elephant and Latvian) covered in Philidor 2.Nf3 Playbook.
This Italian 2.Bc4 is a repeatable sound choice well suited for careful players who do not want to worry about wild tactics early in the game. White builds up a gradual attack. The 200 diagrams cover the variations that you are most likely to face. I give a reasonable move for White in each position with a brief comment as to why it is recommended.
Masters like openings that keep pieces on the board to maximize opportunities. Here Fabiano Caruana works up a sudden attack against Varuzhan Akobian.
[My Italian 2.Bc4 Playbook is a 1.e4 cousin to the 1.d4 London 2.Bf4 Playbook.]
Caruana (2817) - Akobian (2645), PRO League KO Stage 2017 chess.com INT (4.3), 25.03.2017 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bd6 [6...Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2] 7.Nc3 dxe4 8.Ng5 0-0 9.Ncxe4 Be7 10.h4!? Nbd7 11.Qf3 Qe8 12.0-0-0 a5 13.a3 Nd5 14.Rde1 h6 15.Ng3 [15.Qg3!?+/-] 15...Ra6 [15...N7f6 16.Nf5+/=] 16.Nf5 f6 [16...Nc5 17.Ba2+/-] 17.Ne6 Nc5 18.Nexg7 Nxb3+ 19.cxb3 Qg6 20.Rh3 Bxf5 [20...Kh8 21.Rg3 Qh7 22.Nxe7 Nxe7 23.Rxe5!+-] 21.Nxf5 Kh7 22.Rg3 Qf7 23.Nxh6 1-0
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