Giuoco Piano – part 3

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In the last post we looked at white’s move to d4 attacking the pawn and bishop and how black should respond.

Black could defend his e5 pawn with d6 but where would the fun be in that? Instead black is most likely to take with the e5 pawn in the good old fashioned fight for the centre.

This present white with two options. He can either take back with cxd4 or push the e4 pawn to e5 attacking the f6 knight. Shredder has cxd4 as the most popular move by three to one so let’s go with that for now and we’ll see in the next post how the black bishop responds. What would you do in this position?

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