[Dusted Off] A New Opening Survey by GM Borki Predojević:
Pianissimo or Painissimo? – Italian Game, Giuoco Pianissimo with 8. a4!?

We’ve been witnessing a rise in popularity of the Italian game for quite a while, and it even became almost fashionable at the highest level (e. g. even the World Champion Magnus Carlsen played it himself in Wijk aan Zee a month ago). It seems that there are many options worth investigating, and a lot of uncharted territory worth exploring.

Our editor GM Predojević believes that 8. a4!? is not the most pleasant move to face over the board, so it’s no wonder that it’s a part of his own opening repertoire.

Today’s preview brings a position from a computer engine game. Black wants to exchange the queens, so White has to act quickly if he wants to fight for advantage.See more

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