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= Italian Game =


=== 3. Bc4 ===
And so we reach the Italian Game.  White takes aim at Black's weak f7 Pawn. Now there are a number of options for Black. This opening is more reserved than the Ruy Lopez.


==== Responses ====


== Theory table ==
For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4


== Statistics ==
Estimated next move popularity
Nf6 56%, Bc5 38%, Be7 3%, d6 2%, all else less than 1%

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== External links ==
The Italian Game for Beginners


== References ==

Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.