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THE MODERNIZED ITALIAN GAME FOR WHITE
Compiled by srkoziol
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Kalinin & Kalinichenko

Giuoco Pianissimo - 4. d3 - BLK no castle - end comb!
J Mason vs Winawer, 1882 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

G. Pianissimo - 4.d3 - Fortify the center - attack the flank
Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

G.Pianissimo-closed position wthout Knights.
Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

R. Lopez Berlin - Brilliant Rook sacrifice
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

G. Fortissimo - Chigorin brilliant endgame tactics.
Chigorin vs Charousek, 1896 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

R.Lopez - 4 d3 - Steinitz did not castle -
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

R. Lopez - 5 d3 - Nd2-f1-e3(g3)-f5! K-side attack.
Steinitz vs Blackburne, 1876 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

R. Lopez - 5.d3 - Brilliant endgame by Steinitz
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

R. Lopez - Fischer queenside initiative
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1965 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

Philidor Def - Center controlled & K-side pawn storm.
Steinitz vs G MacDonnell, 1865 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Philidor Def - K-side pawn attack - Late Q-side castle
Steinitz vs J Mason, 1895  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

GP - Steinitz 0-0-0!! - secure center - storm Kingside.
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

GP - Bird's Attack - Chigorin brilliant in the endgame
Albin vs Chigorin, 1898 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 0-1

Pianissimo - 29. Rxe4!! (Rook Sac) - opens the B3 Bishop diag.
Lutikov vs B Malisov, 1968 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - Interesting positional game White +4.39
S Makarichev vs Knaak, 1977 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - Remarkable game - Kudos to VK!
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pianissimo - 10. 0-0-0 (?) then K-side attack
Tiviakov vs C Balogh, 2010 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - 23.0-0-0(??) then K-side attack
Duda vs Eljanov, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - NF5 = ROOK & NF3-H2-G4 maneuver.
Gavrikov vs Van der Sterren, 1987
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

Two Knights - MVL - Solid Opening and a model game!
Vachier-Lagrave vs Navara, 2018 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - delayed d4 - 4 Brilliant moves - A.G.!!!!
Gipslis vs M Ruderfer, 1979
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

Delayed D4 - 4!! - great middle game to review.
E Vorobiov vs R Cvek, 2002
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 1-0

2. BC4 - transforms to G. Pianissimo - Q-side initiative.
Psakhis vs H Schussler, 1988
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 1-0

5.b4! - Instructional as NS consistently improves his position.
Short vs Portisch, 1986
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 1-0

2.Bc4 & 9.Nc4 - White Queenside initiative
Vasiukov vs A Kolev, 1989
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

2.BC4 - Blk KB rendered ineffective - brilliant RK sac by Nunn.
Nunn vs F Olafsson, 1982
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Defense - 12.N3h2 28. !! Bishop Sac.
Bologan vs V Akopian, 2013
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1-0

5...a6 - Korchnoi neutralizes Karpov
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

12.N3h2?! - Many ?'s and position changes - better games.
J Ye vs J Pinter, 1998 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 71 moves, 1-0

D4 AFTER Exch of the dark-square BISHOPS!!!! - Pianissimo
Dolmatov vs Razuvaev, 1979
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 0-1

Pianissimo - Preservation of the Spanish Bishop!
Dominguez Perez vs Mamedyarov, 2008 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

Opening transposes - Beautiful end sequence by Bologan!
Bologan vs B Heberla, 2008 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 1-0

Black's appropriate d5 advance - White 14.Ba4!
Yudasin vs Adams, 1999
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

An endgame to savor - active/forceful King for ST!
Tiviakov vs Nijboer, 2008 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 62 moves, 1-0

Classic Pianissimo - VA exploits the weak Bishop!
Anand vs J L Hammer, 2010 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

Black wins - using the f5 pawn advance (12...f5!)
Gipslis vs Podgaets, 1985
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

Black attacks K-side - White attacks center--0-1
C Lutz vs Khalifman, 1995
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 0-1

AK neutralizes 12...Nf4 by Kh3-Ng1-g3 - Brilliant positional ga
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1986 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 61 moves, 1-0

Black has 3 pawn islands giving White the endgame adv.
Karjakin vs So, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 63 moves, 1-0

7.BG5 - premature - VK exploits - No castling either side.
Anand vs Kramnik, 2018 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 0-1

7.BG5 - AFTER Blk castles - LY - great endgame!
Yudasin vs Tukmakov, 1988
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 1-0

8.BG5 - Tiviakov exploits the F5 hole.
Tiviakov vs E van den Doel, 2008
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 68 moves, 1-0

5.B4 - !!Queen SAC & solid endgame afterward.
Jobava vs M Roiz, 2014 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 57 moves, 1-0

4.B4 - Q-side push - Good reference game game!
Short vs Z Zhang, 2003 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Wht Knight sometimes better fit on E4, not C4.
Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

Bird's - Wht = Queenside space and 14.Bg5 post-castle.
Jobava vs Caruana, 2016 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

12.N3h2(?!) key move in prep for Ng4 - not convinced.
Leko vs Kramnik, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pianissimo - quiet 12. Be3 - h3 after ...0-0!
Kaidanov vs V Malaniuk, 1997
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - quiet 12. Be3 - h3 after ...0-0! - 14...g6?!
A Brkic vs F Vallejo Pons, 2009 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo - quiet 12. Be3 - h3 after ...0-0!
Kramnik vs So, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Excellent end-game play by Areschenko - solid open
Areshchenko vs A Aleksandrov, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 1-0

Uncommon Opening seq but a beautifal endgame! 48.Ba5!!
Naroditsky vs Jakovenko, 2015 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 1-0

Anand ahead until 22...Qd6?? - Blitz - 9.Bc2 key move.
Giri vs Anand, 2015 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

12.Bc2 = great endgame W=pp & B vs B =2 Knights
S Zhigalko vs N Kabanov, 2012
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

12.Bc2 - game in question untim move 49.
Kramnik vs Anand, 2016 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 1-0

@Move18 - Black + material but the A7 B rendered ineffective!
Predojevic vs R Hess, 2011 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 45 moves, 1-0

D5 can increase BA7 scope - CONSIDER (also in Chernev).
Areshchenko vs Sutovsky, 2007
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

RL xpose to GP - If opponent is cramped - avoid exch's
Dominguez Perez vs Buhmann, 2008 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo Main Line - dubious instructive value
E Alekseev vs G Sargissian, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 48 moves, 1-0

Tabiys...NF4 - Good reference for the opening! - DRAW
Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2004 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

...NF4 - Black K-side storm left King exposed.
Z Almasi vs P Acs, 1999
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

...Nf4 - "good" - Opening fine - dubious instr value.
E Alekseev vs V Golod, 2001 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 78 moves, 1-0

Typical 4K IT/RL middle game - Brilliant endgame for NV.
Vitiugov vs Sasikiran, 2015 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

4K-4R IT/SP endgame - interesting not exemplary!
Carlsen vs Bacrot, 2017
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 88 moves, 1-0

Blitz - Opening good - 22.Qb1 is a great move - dubious otherw.
Y Hou vs Fressinet, 2016
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Classical Open & instructional game by So!
So vs Anand, 2020 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

Classical Ital - 8...a5 - good ref. game MVL
Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov, 2019
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 1-0

6.BG5 - Good opening & endgame - Instructive!
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

6.BG5 - Mistakes aplenty per the engine - time troubles?
Kramnik vs M Matlakov, 2018 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 1-0

Brilliant engame and an outstanding reference game!
M Antipov vs J van Foreest, 2015 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

8.A4 - Q-side space - move = "good" - lukewarm game
Karjakin vs Giri, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

8.A4 - Solid Open but a magnificent endgame!
Z Andriasian vs Artur Gharagyozian, 2017
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

6...d5 let to a game of blistering simplification - draw.
Mamedyarov vs Kramnik, 2018 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Solid Open - Beautiful endgame - Great reference game.
Carlsen vs Adams, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 66 moves, 1-0

AK outplays VA in the endgame.
Kramnik vs Anand, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 1-0

Good reference game - 7.A4
Smirin vs Motylev, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 1-0

An excellent reference game by VA in all three facets.
Anand vs Aronian, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 66 moves, 1-0

4.0-0 - Open & Mid game = Superb Magnus endgame!
Carlsen vs Anand, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1-0

Kramnik takes Queenside initiative - Instructive
Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

So early Q-side attack--->SK forces tatlemate! - Entertaining g
So vs Karjakin, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Solid GP opening but a brilliant Kramnik endgame!
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 1-0

VA - Tactical mid-game to weaken K-side - reference
Anand vs Leko, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 1-0

Good ref open - some Ruy L mid game similarities.
Karjakin vs Svidler, 2017 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 1-0

Solid Open - White = 3 passed pawns!
Anand vs Nakamura, 2018 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

An excellent reference game by Nepo!
Nepomniachtchi vs Mamedyarov, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

Karjakin converts Q vs N-P-P endgame - Blitz
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 86 moves, 1-0

Nice Open - 7.A4
Anand vs Wei Yi, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 50 moves, 1-0

"Centralize and do not despair." Nimzowitsch
Giri vs Karjakin, 2019 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 0-1

Two Knights - 7.Bg5 pin! Good model game VA!
Anand vs V Fedoseev, 2017
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

Blitz - 8.Bg5 pin (good, b4!) - Ido not like this pin.
So vs Anand, 2016
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blitz - Two connected passers & King movement!
Karjakin vs So, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

Classical - 8.Bg5 - "good" -
R Mamedov vs D Paravyan, 2018
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

Game = until36...Qc7?? - interesting, not a model game.
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2018 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

Instructive until move 15. Bad thereafter.
Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov, 2019 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruy Lopez - great game but not for Botvinnik.
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Beautiful game by MC! - Decisive ?? on ...36 by LA.
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Blitz - Ruy Lopez - DL ?'s in endgame decisive.
Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2017 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

Two Knights - 7.a4 & 8.Nc3 - brilliant end game!
B Ivanovic vs D Blagojevic, 2000
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

7.a4,8.Nc3 - Lackluster open and mid game - instructive end gam
Z Almasi vs Harikrishna, 2007 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

7.a4, 8.a5 - Great end game by VM after 35...Ne8?
V Malakhov vs Y Wen, 2016
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

7.a4 - DRAW after 96 moves - uneventful.
M Kobalia vs R Soffer, 2017
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 96 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two Knights - one of the best endgame sequences!!!
Vocaturo vs S Satyapragyan, 2016
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

A methodical victory vs the Philidor.
Kasparov vs T Giorgadze, 1979 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Philidor - great positional game & Queen SAC!!
Y Hou vs R Reinaldo Castineira, 2009 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening and a !! middle-game by Magnus.
Carlsen vs Wei Yi, 2017 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

Two-Knights - Great reference for the "Quiet Italian"!
Radjabov vs Harikrishna, 2011 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1-0

Ruy L - 4 Knights - and and a great endgame.
Wei Yi vs H Melkumyan, 2015 
(C49) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening - 4.QE2 -Tactical victory by Polgar
Polgar vs Gelfand, 2009 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening - 4.QE2 - !! Positional play - MC
Carlsen vs Y Hou, 2018 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 61 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening - Black tripled pawns.
Karjakin vs V Gashimov, 2011 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bishop's Opening - exemplary middle game FC.
Caruana vs P Tregubov, 2017
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening - MC - Material advantage prevails.
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 77 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez - P29 - 8.exd5 -
Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

GP - 9. Nxg6 - P37 -
V Knorre vs Chigorin, 1874 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

10. 0-0-0
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

10. 0-0-0
Caruana vs Radjabov, 2016 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs W Reichenbach, 1995
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Nun vs Chiburdanidze, 1989
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

8.BG5 - = "Good"- game drawn - dubious instructive value.
Tiviakov vs D Pavasovic, 2008
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spanish - White gets Bishop pair for the pawn
Bronstein vs Keres, 1950 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo -
Kramnik vs Svidler, 2016
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ding Liren vs Anand, 2019 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

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