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Black Repertoire and Tactic Turbo Italian Game

DVD-box, ChessBase, 1. edition 2022

From the series »Fritz Trainer Opening«

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A Repertoire against the Italian Game

Given White‘s difficulty in proving an advantage in a series of Ruy Lopez systems, the Italian game (also known as Giuoco Piano), has become increasingly popular. In the systems based on an early d2-d3 (Giuoco Pianissimo), White aims at submitting their opponent to the same kind of positional pressure as ”The Spanish torture“, a term used by Tartakower for describing the strategic fight in the Ruy Lopez. The repertoire against the Giuoco Pianissimo examined on this video course, provides Black with methods of evading this slightly one-sided pattern, yielding sound play in double-edged positions. The main motif is …g5, but if White makes commitments to prepare against it, Black can switch to comfortable versions of the positional struggle. The second group of systems examined, is characterised by White’s opening of the centre at an early stage with d4. Black doesn’t have anything to fear in these lines and should welcome White’s choice, since it also yields Black chances for counterplay. This video course also contains a database with all the games relevant to the repertoire, plus a selection of positions for practicing.

·Video running time: 5 hours 30 minutes (English)
·With interactive training including video feedback
·Extra: Model games database & Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels

Tactic Toolbox Italian Game

The highly popular Italian game (traditionally known as Giuoco Piano, meaning the quiet game in Italian) is mainly a positional opening. This is even more obvious in the systems with d2-d3 (Giuoco Pianissimo, the quietest game), in which White refrains from an early fight for the centre. With all the pieces and pawns on board, there are many latent tactical possibilities for both sides. This video course is intended as a tactical guide for Black, featuring themes such as the tactical abilities of the c5-bishop and the relatively restricted c6-knight, the kingside attack and the fight for the centre. Since the structure is almost symmetrical, the author has also examined a few examples with mirrored ideas, such as the tactical abilities of Whites light-squared bishop. In doing so, his aim is to widen the viewers understanding of certain ideas, but also to warn them about the potential tactical dangers. The author hopes that the spirit of the examples on this video course sweep away the common fear that chess will be extinguished by draws.

·Video running time: 5 hours 18 minutes (English)
·With interactive training including video feedback
·Extra: Database with further examples

·Dual Core
·graphics card with 256 MB RAM
·DVD-ROM drive
·Windows Media Player 9
·ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader
·internet access for program activation

·PC Intel i5 (Quadcore)
·Windows 10
·DirectX11 graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more
·100% DirectX10-compatible sound card
·Windows Media Player 11
·DVD-ROM drive
·internet access for program activation
More Information
Weight 200 g
Manufacturer ChessBase
Width 13.5 cm
Height 19.5 cm
Medium Download, DVD
Year of Publication 2022
Author Mihail Marin
Series Fritz Trainer Opening
Language English
Edition 1
Binding DVD-box
A Repertoire against the Italian Game

Giuoco Pianissimo c3/d3
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6
6.0-0 d6 Sidelines
6.0-0 d6 7.Bb3
6.0-0 d6 7.Bb3 Ba7 8.Re1
6.0-0 d6 7.Bb3 Ba7 8.Nbd2 h6 9.h3
6.0-0 d6 7.Bb3 Ba7 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Re1
6.0-0 d6 7.a4 Ba7 Sidelines
6.0-0 d6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Re1
6.0-0 d6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Nbd2 h6 9.b4
6.0-0 d6 7.a4 Ba7 8.b4
6.Nbd2 Ba7 7.Nf1/Bb3
6.Nbd2 Ba7 7.Bb3 h6 8.h3
5.b4 Bb6 6.d3 d6
Giuoco Piano c3/d4
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6
5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Kf1
5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2
5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3
5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2
5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 Sidelines
5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.h3/0-0
5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Be3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 Sidelines
5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Be3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.Qc2 Sidelines
5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Be3 Bg4 11.h3 Bh5 12.Qc2 Bg6 13.Qb3 Ne7 14.0-0 c6 15.Bd3 Nd2
Evans Gambit b4/c3/d4
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6
7.Qb3 Qd7 8.0-0 Bb6
7.Qb3 Qd7 8.dxe5 Bb6
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5
4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 Sidelines
4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Na4 Bb6 7.Nxb6 axb6 8.c3 0-0 Sidelines
4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Na4 Bb6 7.Nxb6 axb6 8.c3 0-0 9.0-0 h6 10.h3
4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4

Tactic Toolbox Italian Game

The dark-squared bishop
Exercise 01: Vaage-Moller
Exercise 02: Thomson-Morphy
Exercise 03: Kastner-Mahdy
Exercise 04: Gevorgyan-Batsiashvili
Exercise 05: Yankovsky-Matlakov
Exercise 06: Inkiov-Jovanic
Exercise 07: Gilg-Stoltz
Exercise 08: Reznikov-Aigner
Exercise 09: Heimrath-Zude
Exercise 10: Valks-Garrett
Exercise 11: Agopov-Sammalvuo
Exercise 12: Mestel-Greenfeld
Exercise 13: Moraes-Pereira
Exercise 14: Ivannikov-Jakovenko
Exercise 15: Ataullin-Guzairov
Exercise 16: Krasnov-Bakutin
The queen's knight
Exercise 01: Mak-Tan
Exercise 02: Gunsberg-Blackburne
Exercise 03: Wolski-Root
Exercise 04: Neiksans-Vajda
Exercise 05: Fornari-Rieke
Kingside piece attack
Exercise 01: Sean-Flores
Exercise 02: Solleveld-Berkvens
Exercise 03: Kurmann-Hajnal
Exercise 04: Lu-Peng
Exercise 05: Bacrot-Ding
Exercise 06: Kilthau-Bakiev
Exercise 07: Petrosian-Carlsen
Exercise 08: Anhalt-Luetke
Exercise 09: Tomazini-Cheparinov
Exercise 10: Nguyen-Ho
Exercise 11: Belikov-Podgaets
Exercise 12: Katona-Zupe
Exercise 13: Uddin-Hasan
Exercise 14: Tikranian-Harshini
Exercise 15: Kuijf-Campora
Exercise 16: So-Carlsen
Kingside pawn attack
Exercise 01: Washburn-Lasker
Exercise 02: Romanovsky-Levenfish
Exercise 03: Caruana-Nakamura
Exercise 04: Ypma-Haast
Exercise 05: Minor-Carlstedt
The centre
Exercise 01: Kazhgaleyev-Carlsen
Exercise 02: Moor-Gligoric
Exercise 03: Paehtz-Balajayeva
Exercise 04: Volokitin-Ding
Exercise 05: Lagno-Ivanchuk
Exercise 06: Valsecchi-Mastrovasilis
Exercise 07: Acikel-Wierzbicki
Exercise 08: Pap-Greenfeld
Exercise 09: Podvin-Strugnell
Exercise 10: Schellman-Ovsejevitsch
Exercise 11: Sengupta-Sjugirov
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