Onischuk – Shirov, Giuoco piano bishop says its word, Blitz chess

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GM Vladimir Onischuk – GM Shirov Alexei, Guoco piano bishop says its word, Blitz chess
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. Bb3 d6 7. c3 a5 8. Nbd2 Be6 9. Bc2 h6 10. h3 b5 11. Re1 Qb8 12. Nf1 d5 13. exd5 Bxd5 14. Be3 Bxe3 15. Rxe3 Re8 16. Ng3 Qb6 17. Qd2 Rad8 18. Qe2 b4 19. Ba4 bxc3 20. bxc3 Qc5 21. Qe1 Bxf3 22. Rxf3 Re6 23. Bb3 Nd5 24. Ne4 Qe7 25. Rb1 Rg6 26. g3 Nf4 27. Qf1 Ne6 28. Kh2 Rf8 29. h4 f5 30. h5 Rg4 31. Qh3 Kh7 32. Rxf5 Rxf5 33. Qxg4 1-0

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The Giuoco Piano is said to be the oldest opening recorded in chess. Instead of developing the bishop to b5, white instead attacks the center and aims at the weak f7 square. After black responds bishop to c5 you see the tension building up in the center of the board.

The opening has been called the “quiet game” but for anyone who has played this opening, after the initial build up in the center, the Giuoco Piano becomes anything but quiet. There will almost certainly be many exchanges in the middle as both sides vie for center control, opening the board up.

White eventually plans to bring his pawn to d4 and black plans to bring his pawn to d5. As you can tell from the setup, there are no attacks from the outside but instead everything runs through the middle.

This opening is somewhat tricky and there are many variations that you many want to study more if you plan on playing the Giuoco Piano.
Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

Tournament organized with support of Coca-Cola company, Rietumu Bank, Tolmets, Latvijas Balzams.

4 Comments

  1. 2:25 Onischuk should have taken the free pawn on e5. Shirov was bluffing.

  2. I've beaten stockfish yesterday, opening with e4. check video proof in my channel.

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