In recent years the Italian Game has undergone a renaissance, transforming it from the Cinderella of 1.e4 openings into a major system that offers excellent chances for White to gain the advantage.
Accordingly, it has found favor with some of the World`s top players including Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Sergei Tiviakov, Viktor Bologan, Sergei Movsesian, Michael Adams, and Boris Gelfand.
Unlike the Ruy Lopez, which features many sharp theoretical variations, the emphasis in the Italian Game is on knowing where the pieces belong and understanding key plans and ideas.
This makes it highly suitable for players who do not have the time to engage in the ongoing maintenance of their opening systems.
On this DVD Davies examines the modern treatment of the Italian with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 followed by 4.d3 and then usually c3.
He also places the onus on attacking lines for White, often featuring him castling queenside and then charging up the kingside.
Not only do such variations score heavily in club chess, but they are also a lot of fun to play!
About the Author:
Nigel Davies has been an International Grandmaster since 1993 and is a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion.
Besides his playing accomplishments, he is an experienced chess coach with an excellent understanding of club-level chess. As such he is able to present advanced material in a way that club players can get to grips with it making his DVDs a unique learning resource.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.