Common Lines in the Italian Game
By Edward Scimia, About.com Guide
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Italian Game: Starting Position
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The Italian Game is reached after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4. One of the oldest known openings, White immediately puts pressure on f7, Black's weakest square. Over the centuries, both sides have found several different ways to play this opening.