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The Italian Renaissance – Published August 26 – Excerpts now

Both volumes of The Italian Renaissance by Martyn Kravtsiv – Move Orders, Tricks & Alternatives and The Main Lines –will be published on August 26.

Volume I covers the Bishop’s Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4) and the Petroff Defence (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6). An excerpt is here.

Volume II covers the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4). An excerpt is here.

Taken together, these books show how White can challenge 1.e4 e5 with lots of creative new Italian ideas. I edited these books, so I know how much amazing chess they contain – plenty of Ukrainian GM human cleverness, not just deep computer analysis.

I hope you like them when you see them, with the two excerpts now just a brief taster.

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  1. Benjamin Fitch
    July 30th, 2020 at 17:07 | #1

    These Italian books appear likely to be “must haves” for anyone who plays 1.e4 e5 from either side. They also appear to provide additional evidence that Black’s best (or only?) move after 2.Nf3 is 2…d5.

  2. Cowe
    August 1st, 2020 at 20:09 | #2

    > They also appear to provide additional evidence that Black’s best (or only?) move after 2.Nf3 is 2…d5.
    Or even the accelerated Elephant with 1.e4 d5 !?
    as for “must for both colors”: In case Black plays the Two Knights defense, this book will be of limited use, as it only seems to cover 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 and a black system with h6,d6 and g5 (or g6). Or maybe it’s the only independent variation?

  3. Ray
    August 2nd, 2020 at 09:33 | #3

    It will be interesting to see how Kravtsiv deals with the recently published ‘bullitproof’ Petroff repertoire… Many variations in that book with the modern mainline 5.Nc3 end in perpetual checks.

  4. John Shaw
    August 3rd, 2020 at 09:46 | #4


    There is plenty in this book if your interest is the Two Knights Defence as Black. After 3…Nf6 the author recommends 4.d3 then, as you mention, there are independent options of 4…h6 with a later …g6 or …g5 (Chapter 13).

    More mainstream after 3…Nf6 4.d3 is Black playing a later …Be7, which is over 20 pages of Chapter 12.

    While if after 3…Nf6 4.d3 Black plays a …Bc5 line (which I think he should) then it is transposing to main lines, covered earlier.

  5. A Super Talent
    August 3rd, 2020 at 12:07 | #5

    @John Shaw
    You still didn’t mention whether Krvatsiv manages to beat the bulletproof Petroff book…it would be really interesting to see this.

  6. Andrew Greet
    August 3rd, 2020 at 14:24 | #6

    @A Super Talent
    We compared the lines where they meet and found they were both essentially correct. So whereas Swapnil may have ended a certain line with an ‘equals’ evaluation, Martyn was of the opinion that White could still try to press by trying this or that idea. This seems like a pretty normal state of affairs when both sides play well, so we are satisfied with the way both books hold up to the comparison.

  7. Cowe
    August 4th, 2020 at 10:15 | #7

    Nice effort by the author to have its readers covered against 2 Knights defense, mosly by d3 & Bc5 systems and by adding extra chapters for independant variations.
    Not a question for this book, but we don’t see much classical 2K in top chess (Ng5 and so on), is it because White plays d3 anyway (like Morra and Alapin) or does Black vastly prefers 3…Bc5 ?
    For the Italian proper with 3.Bc4 Bc5 I agree that the book would benefit both sides, if nothing else because White can try to play with colours reversed and extra tempo.

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