[December 10, 2017] Updated Opening Article by GM Borki Predojević:
September 2017 Revisited: Italian Game, Giuoco Pianissimo with 8. a4!?
Highlights from the seveth update of this opening article include V. Anand – W. So, Stavanger 2017, L. Fressinet – M. Adams, Internet 2017 and M. Vachier Lagrave – P. Leko, Baden Baden 2017. 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: White to Move] The diagrammed position is from a recent theoretically important game. In D. Kanovsky – A. Shirov, Czech Republic 2017, Black has managed to repel White’s attack and hopes to exert some pressure on b2. How can White solve all his problems and even spice it up a bit?
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