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Bill Wall vs Orestes Rodriguez Vargas
San Antonio (1979)
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit (C55)  ·  1-0


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Jun-15-05  debarilaw: Isn't this a great refutation for that annoying Beginner's defense to the Italian Game (3..h6)? What is the name of that h6 defense to the Italian Game? I heard it may be called the "Semi-Italian".

Second to (3..Bc5), (3..h6) is the most common reply I see against the Italian Game.

If anyone knows, what is the (3..Bc5) defense called? Is it the "Giuoco Piano"?

Any responses to my questions would be appreciated.

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  Eric Schiller: Though it has been played more than a thousand times, it doesn't have a name, even in the extensive Caxton database. A felllow named Kloos played it for both sides, managing to lose as White and draw with Black, back in 1851. But the move has a clear logical foundation, even if it is not a good one, and I'd be reluctant to blame it on him. Those who play 3...h6 do not do so under the influence of previous experience or theory. So some simple generic term like "Anti-Fried Liver" might be applied.

I'm open to suggestions, and will put something in the Caxton list if anyone here comes up with a nice, justifiable name.

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  FSR: Hard to believe that Black was really the strong Spanish grandmaster. This is easily his shortest decisive game in the database. What was he doing in San Antonio?
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