[July 08, 2018] Updated Opening Article by GM Borki Predojević:
March 2018 Revisited: Italian Game, Giuoco Pianissimo with 8. a4!?

Highlights from the ninth (sic!) update of this highly fashionable opening article of great theoretical relevance include two MVL’s games from the recently finished Paris blitz event: M. Vachier Lagrave – L. Aronian, Paris (blitz) 2018 and M. Vachier Lagrave – W. So, Paris (blitz) 2018. Without any doubt, the popularity of this line remains steady among the top-level players, as the Italian Game makes frequent appearances among the world’s best.

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position comes from B. Bok – M. Ragger, Wijk aan Zee 2017. The question is simple, but the answer might be a tricky one – can Black capture on b3?

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