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Giuoco Piano (C53)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 c3

Number of games in database: 7582
Years covered: 1570 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 37.4%
   Black wins 29.3%
   Draws 33.3%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  59 games
Sergey Kudrin  59 games
Rauf Mamedov  50 games
Levon Aronian  59 games
John Cochrane  57 games
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  50 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933
Greco vs NN, 1620
Busnardo vs NN, 1590
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948
Maczynski vs W H Pratten, 1948
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 page 1 of 304; games 1-25 of 7,582 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Busnardo vs NN 1-0161570?C53 Giuoco Piano
2. Castiglio vs Polerio 0-191575CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
3. G Saduleto vs Polerio 0-1241575CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
4. G da Cutri vs Ruy Lopez 1-0101575Leonardo vs. Ruy LopezC53 Giuoco Piano
5. Scovara vs P Boi 1-0141575CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
6. Polerio vs Lorenzo 1-0321580CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Busnardo vs NN 1-0141590RomeC53 Giuoco Piano
8. G Saduleto vs Polerio 131590CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
9. Greco vs NN 1-071620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Greco vs NN 1-091620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Greco vs NN 1-0141620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Greco vs NN 1-0171620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Greco vs NN 1-0201620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Greco vs NN 1-0141620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
15. Greco vs NN 1-0171620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Greco vs NN 1-0351623London ENGC53 Giuoco Piano
17. J J Rousseau vs L F de Bourbon 1-0191759MontmorencyC53 Giuoco Piano
18. NN vs D Ponziani 0-1151769?C53 Giuoco Piano
19. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0321801CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
20. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0361801CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
21. Cochrane vs NN 1-0251822CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Cochrane vs NN 1-0301822CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
23. NN vs Cochrane 0-1381822CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Cochrane vs NN 1-0131822CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
25. W Lewis vs NN 1-0451829CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
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Sep-23-05  MaxxLange: What part of Italy is Sneaky from?
Sep-23-05  Dudley: Andrew Soltis says Joke-Oh so I'll take that as gospel.
Oct-12-05  AlexanderMorphy: b4 (the evans gambit) could be useful! if you want to know more about it go to the evans gambit page on this website..myself and other people have made good points about about it!
Oct-12-05  geaux82: I got quite a laugh from this GP.

B Gutierrez Fernandez vs C Vega Velasco, 2001

Sep-22-06  jamesmaskell: I meet this opening very frequently. Perhaps because while its drawish at International level, at club level it can be spiced up. I dont play it as White, instead going for my Ruy Exchange instead. As Black though as long as I can hold back Whites initial assault, I can attack through the Queenside. At least it worked last night (I wish I had the moves written down but it was 15 minute quickplay). In positions like that it gets very complex very quickly even for an e4 opening. Black can hold it and counter-attack but its not easy.
Feb-27-07  SirBruce: Many years ago, I had Power Chess on my computer (WChess engine) and it preferred to teach the Giouco Piano and I got to hate it. After learning the many ways Black can blunder, it seems with good play this opening is highly drawish and often a bore. I prefer the Ruy Lopez now, I suppose because it puts pressure on c6-d7-e8 or forces black to weaken his queenside early.
Apr-16-07  gambitfan: Game of The Day GOD Mo 16/04/2007
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  WannaBe: Opening of the day, I know there is a 'quiet' version. Too bad that there isn't a quadruple-forte version!!!! :-))
Jan-29-09  blacksburg: i'm not scared of you, silly giouiuouuoiuoco piano. i'm way more scared of the evans gambit.
Jan-29-09  MaxxLange: You know what's good fun in blitz? The King's Gambit Declined in Evans Gambit style:

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3 Nf3 d6 4. b4!?

Jan-29-09  blacksburg: i am also more scared of max lange than guiouiououiioco piano.
Mar-06-09  FiveofSwords: well the guioiuocci piano really is not different from ANY opening in the sense that if black is familiar with the opening and knows what mistakes not to make then hes not going to wind up in a bad position. The game doesnt have to be decided by the opening, however. Anyway, nobody is prepared for every opening. If you see your opponent just happen to play the right moves agiainst your opening then simply tip your hat to his dilligent work ethic and then demolish him in the equal endgame. This opening is not my main weapon by a long shot but its easy to learn and if im in the mood i'll test anyone with the guicco piano - if I see they have a nice line against all 6 or 7 of the tries for white that I know, ill just remember that and not play it against them anymore.
Mar-07-09  chessman95: Yeah, the Guioiuoiuco (I still don't know how to pronounce that!) Piano is pretty easy to equalize against. Personally, I think the best choices for white are the max lange and evans gambits, which I both consider to be sound. They are annoying to play against as black, and fun to play as white.
Mar-07-09  blacksburg: it's because of guys like you two that i spend all my time worrying about the max lange and the evans gambit and still don't know anything about the ruy lopez. :(
Mar-08-09  Red October: or you could take up the Latvian Gambit and not learn any of those 3
Mar-08-09  geniokov: You can tame Giuco Piano by playing Two Knight´s Defense!...Best against this opening.
Mar-08-09  chessman95: You can always just play the Petroff Defense to avoid all that theory, or even the Elephant Gambit (!!!!) :)
Mar-09-09  blacksburg: maybe i should just go back to the Scandinavian (B01).
Mar-09-09  Red October: these Scandinavians are crazy..

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  tpstar: "The Giuoco Piano ('quiet game') is one of the oldest chess openings, dating back to the fifteenth century in Italy, so it is also called the Italian Game. White aims to dominate the board right from the start by establishing pawns at e4 and d4, which is a classic center; meanwhile, Black aims for counterplay with standard development leading to the freeing … d5 move. I.A. Horowitz famously branded the Giuoco Piano 'wild and woolly' due to the immediate clash in the center with tricks and tactics for both sides. The opening phase begins with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 which is sound development all around; knights on their best squares, and bishops pointing straight at their opponent's weakness on f7 & f2. Now 4. c3 leads to the main line Giuoco Piano, while 4. d3 is known as the Giuoco Pianissimo ('very quiet game') and 4. b4!? is the Evans Gambit."

Tony Palmer, "Chess Life for Kids" August 2010

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  Penguincw: This opening has been decreasing rapidly over the last few decades.
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Giuoco Piano
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♗c5

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IMO, it's a quiet game till the Evans Gambit (4.b4).

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Giuoco Piano
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♗c5 4.c3

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Giuoco Pianissimo
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♗c5 4.d3

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Oct-07-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Giuoco Piano
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3

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