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"Don't Shoot the Piano Player!"
Compiled by Leviathan

Nowadays, the Giuoco Piano is often considered as a most boring opening, good only for those beginners who aren't ready to face the Ruy Lopez's complications yet(!). This game collection is meant to prove that these prejudices are false: the Giuoco Piano and its variations (the two knights and the "giuoco pianissimo") can lead to an exciting game more often than you may think.

Reissman gets fastly outplayed by the giuoco piano
Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

Who said "boring"? A beautiful attack and king chase
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Simply outplayed...
Leonhardt vs Maroczy, 1907 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

Rossolimo vs A Dunkelblum, 1950 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

"A quiet variation, that leads mostly to a draw"
Najdorf vs P Trifunovic, 1949 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1-0

Be Careful...
E Paehtz vs M Seps, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

Petrov's immortal game (who said "boring", again?)
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Euwe plays the Moller attack and a queen sac
Euwe vs S Van Mindeno, 1927 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

A smothered mate of 4 centuries ago
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Keres gives away a knight, a rook and a pawn, then wins
Keres vs W E Kunerth, 1935 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

A very aggressive Steinitz announces mate in 11!
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

An uncommon GP variation: the Hungarian defense
Rossolimo vs Euwe, 1953 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 68 moves, 1-0

An uncommon closed variation from the romantic era
Harrwitz vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

...and he was playing blindfolded vs 55 other players !
Koltanowski vs F Lynch, 1960 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Morphy's sac on f7, Episode I : Smothered Mate
Morphy vs NN, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Morphy's sac on f7, Episode II : King Chase
Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Another deadly miniature, featuring a Moller attack
W Cohn vs L Forgacs, 1905 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

A brilliant Pianissimo by Burn
Burn vs J Mieses, 1889 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

The best defense is counter-attack!
Ragozin vs Gligoric, 1947 
(C59) Two Knights, 45 moves, 1-0

The Gioco Pianissimo strikes back!
Gelfand vs Azmaiparashvili, 2003 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 1-0

A romantic uncommon variation of the Giuoco
Shumov vs Kolisch, 1862 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

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