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The Italian Renaissance - II: The Main Lines (hardcover) by Martyn Kravtsiv

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In this, the second book in his two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shines the spotlight on the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4). Most chess players learn the basics of this opening as beginners, yet it contains enough depth and complexity to provide the world’s best players with a rich and ever-evolving battleground.

Though written unmistakably from White’s perspective, this work takes a different approach from that of a typical repertoire book. Rather than filling valuable pages analysing rare, inferior and generally irrelevant options, the author delves deep into the most important main lines, explaining the key move-order details and providing White with a series of well-researched ideas which will force your opponents to solve difficult problems at the board.

Join The Italian Renaissance and create your own masterpieces!

Martyn Kravtsiv is a Ukrainian Grandmaster with a peak rating of 2685, with expert knowledge and experience of 1.e4.

Shortlisted for FIDE Book of the Year 2021

264 pages - Published 26 August 2020

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-100-4

Reviews

There have been many decent books recently on the Italian [...] but this one is clearly my favourite. It's a real grandmaster repertoire - Kravtsiv doesn't shun extremely deep analysis of some middlegame positions - but there is a lot of grandmaster judgement in the lines too. Kravtsiv always has an eye for a position that his engines consider equal but that might be easier for White's game and I have to say that I agreed with a lot of his evaluations. Excellent work - 4 stars!"

GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess

"In this companion volume Kravtsiv moves on to his main repertoire recommendation, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4, meeting 3...Bc5 with 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3, the Giuoco Piano and which 2.Bc4 can easily transpose into. Once again the coverage is cutting edge with Kravtsiv also showing how to handle the 3...Nf6 4.d3 lines where Black omits ...Bc5."

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine

In this, the second book in his two-volume work, GM Martyn Kravtsiv shines the spotlight on the Italian Game (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4). Most chess players learn the basics of this opening as beginners, yet it contains enough depth and complexity to provide the world’s best players with a rich and ever-evolving battleground.

Though written unmistakably from White’s perspective, this work takes a different approach from that of a typical repertoire book. Rather than filling valuable pages analysing rare, inferior and generally irrelevant options, the author delves deep into the most important main lines, explaining the key move-order details and providing White with a series of well-researched ideas which will force your opponents to solve difficult problems at the board.

Join The Italian Renaissance and create your own masterpieces!

Martyn Kravtsiv is a Ukrainian Grandmaster with a peak rating of 2685, with expert knowledge and experience of 1.e4.

Shortlisted for FIDE Book of the Year 2021

264 pages - Published 26 August 2020

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-100-4

Reviews

There have been many decent books recently on the Italian [...] but this one is clearly my favourite. It's a real grandmaster repertoire - Kravtsiv doesn't shun extremely deep analysis of some middlegame positions - but there is a lot of grandmaster judgement in the lines too. Kravtsiv always has an eye for a position that his engines consider equal but that might be easier for White's game and I have to say that I agreed with a lot of his evaluations. Excellent work - 4 stars!"

GM Matthew Sadler, New in Chess

"In this companion volume Kravtsiv moves on to his main repertoire recommendation, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4, meeting 3...Bc5 with 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3, the Giuoco Piano and which 2.Bc4 can easily transpose into. Once again the coverage is cutting edge with Kravtsiv also showing how to handle the 3...Nf6 4.d3 lines where Black omits ...Bc5."

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine



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