Before we get started on the instructional portion of this blog post, I would first like to tell you about the history of this opening. As this is a fairly common opening, I can only hope to scratch the surface of the rather encyclopedic history of the opening at hand, the Giuoco Pianissimo.The Giuoco Pianissimo debuted in 1737 in what was a rather convincing victory for black in only 17 moves! Here is the game (source:Chessgames.com) I will not comment on the game as it is not essential to your understanding of the position and i provide this game merely as a significant part of the opening's history.
Now keep in mind that white was an unknown player (and a weak one at that) and black was a (fairly) strong player for the period of time at which the game was played. Now that we have the history portion out of the way, I will go on to explain what attracted me to the opening. Years ago, as a moderately strong (for scholastic standards) player, I found this opening a low-risk alternative to its sharp counterparts such as the Sicilian Najdorf and Grunfeld. It gave both sides a fairly equal game without the previously mentioned tactical melee. I then started playing the opening in small scholastic tourneys and after having surprisingly good results, I kept it in my opening repertoire and play it to this day in both tourney and casual play. On to the instruction. I will now bring us to the main position of the Giuoco Pianissimo.
And i will finally bring this instructional blog post to a conclusion with an unannotated high-level game from this position.The game is unannotated because I think it is important for YOU to try to find the correct plan for both sides so I'll leave the analysis to you this time. Here is the game.
Thanks for reading,