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The Italian Renaissance - I (hc)

312 pages, hardback, Quality, 1. edition 2020

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With the seemingly bulletproof Berlin Wall and Marshall Attack continuing to thwart White’s best efforts to find an advantage in the Ruy Lopez, many top players have incorporated the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4) along with the related Bishop’s Opening (2.Bc4) into their repertoires. In this two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shares his insights on this Italian Renaissance from White’s perspective.

Before reaching the Italian, White must be ready to deal with the Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6). In the first part of this, the first volume, Kravtsiv advocates the well-regarded 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 variation, offering an array of weapons to cause problems for Black, including a large number of untested yet dangerous ideas.

The next topic is the Bishop’s Opening, which can be used as an optional Anti-Petroff move order as well as a weapon in its own right. 2.Bc4 may or may not transpose to the main Italian lines, and it is useful to be able to play both move orders in order to choose the most effective sequence against each opponent. By combining this book with its companion volume, you too can be a part of The Italian Renaissance .

Martyn Kravtsiv is a Ukrainian Grandmaster with a peak rating of 2685, with expert knowledge and experience of 1.e4.

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Weight 750 g
Manufacturer Quality
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2020
Author Martin Kravtsiv
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-1784830984
Pages 312
Binding hardback

004 Key to Symbols used & Bibliography

005 Preface

007 Introduction

011 Part I: Bishop’s Opening

013 1 Rare Lines

022 2 2...Bc5 3.d3 Nf6

037 3 2...Nf6 3.d3 Nc6

060 4 Introduction to 2...Nf6 3.d3 c6

078 5 3...c6 4.\'a4f3 d5 5.Bb3 Bd6

110 6 5...a5

142 7 Introduction to 5...Bb4+

158 8 5...Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2

181 Part II: Petroff Defence

183 9 Rare Third Moves

188 10 Introduction to 5...Nf6

192 11 5...Nf6 Main Line

202 12 Introduction to 5...Nxc3

216 13 Move 8 Sidelines

235 14 9...Ne5 10.Nxe5!?

245 15 9...Ne5 10.Kb1

268 16 9...Nf6

284 17 9...c6

305 Variation Index