The Italian Gambit is an opening in chess that commences with the following moves:
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♞c6 3. ♗c4 ♝c5 4. d4.
It is commonly employed as an alternative to the quiet and closed variations of the Giuoco Piano or Giuoco Pianissimo openings. Black has three options in response, regarding the accepted gambit:
- Capturing with the pawn leads to a transposition into the Scotch Gambit, typically resulting in the Max Lange Attack.
- Capturing with the knight is considered a weaker move as it permits 5. ♘xe5, which attacks f7 with both the bishop and the knight.
- Capturing with the bishop is deemed the optimal choice.
First, let’s analyze the most common variants:
Now, we’ll take a look at a sample game from our database: