[September 29, 2018] Updated Opening Line by Borki Predojević:
Hungarian Defense; Evans Gambit; Italian Game

[Line 363 : 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 without 3… Nf6]

Line 363 deals with numerous classical openings, like Hungarian Defense (3… Be7)Evans Gambit (3… Bc5 4. b4) and forced lines of Italian Game (3… Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4). Two Knights Defense (3… Nf6) is covered separately in Lines 367-368, and Giouco Pianissimo (3… Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3) in our Lines 364-366.

The Hungarian Defense is rarely seen in modern grandmaster practice, and in our opinion it is suitable for the beginners. Position arising after 3… Be7 4. d4 d6 5. d5 Nb8 6. Bd3 is slightly better for White in view of his small, but stable, space advantage.

The Evans Gambit is occasionally seen even among the top players. After 3… Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Black is able to obtain even chances with 5… Be7 and 5… Ba5, while 5… Bd6 and 5… Bc5, though playable, demand precise play mostly from Black.

Black has a couple of ways to get promising positions in the classical Italian Game 3… Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4, both against 6. e5 d5 7. Bb5 Ne4 8. cxd4 and 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Bd2.

[Diagram: White to Move] J. Del Pozo Hernandez – R. El Messiry, corr. 1997. White is a piece down but has a strong attack that turns out to be decisive. How should he continue and convert the attack to a full point?

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