The Giuoco Piano is a popular chess opening from the beginner levels all the way up to grandmaster. Giuoco Piano translates from Italian into the "quiet game". First, let's take a look at the beginning moves that make up this opening. The Giuoco Piano is a great opening since it follows the three pillars of opening strategy.
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The Giuoco Piano is a popular chess opening from the beginner levels all the way up to grandmaster. Giuoco Piano translates from Italian into the "quiet game". First, let's take a look at the beginning moves that make up this opening. The Giuoco Piano is a great opening since it follows the three pillars of opening strategy. Control the center - Starting with 1. Develop pieces - White quickly develops the kingside pieces to their best squares.
The Giuoco Piano has been around in written examples as early as the 16th century! It reached its maximum popularity in the 19th century under great players such as Steinitz, Morphy, and Anderssen. Here is a game by the first world champion Wilhelm Steinitz showing the power of this opening. To show you that the Giuoco Piano is still alive and kicking lets fast forward to modern times to see how the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen handles this opening.
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How to Learn the Giuoco Piano (C50) Chess Opening
The Giuoco Piano is said to be the oldest opening recorded in chess. Instead of developing the bishop to b5, white instead attacks the center and aims at the weak f7 square. After black responds bishop to c5 you see the tension building up in the center of the board. There will almost certainly be many exchanges in the middle as both sides vie for center control, opening the board up.
In this post we will look at the Giuoco Piano variation of the Italian Game in more detail. The other variations of the Italian Game we will deal in other posts. You can click here in order to look at the post about the variations of the Italian Game. So, following the line in the above post in the Italian Game , we see that the Giuoco Piano comes about by the following moves:. So, then what next? What are the main variations and key ideas we need to look out for? Is the Giuoco Piano really the best chess opening to improve your chess game?