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Re: Best Italian Repertoire Book?
Reply #5 - 06/03/16 at 22:24:55
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Thanks for the responses everyone! Emm's book sounds interesting, I'll go ahead and order that. If only a line or two are out of date, that's great, especially for a book published 6 years ago. I don't usually use videos for learning openings, but I'll look into the ones mentioned here, particularly if they can cover the out of date line(s) from the repertoire book. Some of them might be suited for my students as well. I'll also keep an eye out here on the forums for when that book gets released by NIC.
  

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Re: Best Italian Repertoire Book?
Reply #4 - 06/03/16 at 15:38:12
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I noticed that NIC apparently has a forthcoming book called "Winning with the Slow (but Venomous!) Italian: An Easy-to-Grasp Chess Opening for White,"  by the German-Greek IM Georgios Souleidis.  (I know of him largely from his collections of "Gurken," i.e. blunders, from the Bundesliga.)
  
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Re: Best Italian Repertoire Book?
Reply #3 - 06/03/16 at 12:44:46
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Emms´ book is very good but it should be noted that it´s clearly dated regarding the coverage of 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 0-0!? with Black intending to push ...d7-d5 quickly.

I´m not aware of any recent printed sources. Another good video lecture can be found on chess24 by GM Ivan Saric.
  
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Re: Best Italian Repertoire Book?
Reply #2 - 06/03/16 at 11:51:34
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Not sure  if you are interested in videos, but GM Stefan Kindermann has a video series on the c3 d3 Italian. Very good. I would hazard a guess it is aimed at 1400-1800 coming to c3 d3 Italian for the first time.

Also noted, but have not personally viewed it, is GM Tiviakov's DVD for Chessbase.

BTW, also depends whether you wish to play the Italian with c3 d4 or the c3 d3. Quite different creatures. I guess depends on your strength.
  

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Re: Best Italian Repertoire Book?
Reply #1 - 06/03/16 at 07:38:54
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I like Emms' Beating 1 e4 e5 a lot. It's not at a Quality Chess level of detail but he handles lots of move orders and gives lots of key ideas, including occasionally providing multiple alternative plans. I've been quite successful at my level (2000 USCF) with it, including a win against an IM (in a G/60, granted).

He gets to it using the Bishop's Opening to avoid things like the Petroff, so if you want to play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 you'll need to supplement it with another resource.
  
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06/03/16 at 06:56:02
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Hello, I'm wondering which repertoire books that feature the italian game against 1. e4 e5 you all think are the best? I'm pretty unfamiliar with resources involving 1. e4 e5, having played 1. d4 exclusively for around 15 years. I'd personally be interested in learning more about it, have students that play it, and know the people here at chesspub are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to top quality books and learning resources. I checked earlier threads but mostly found questions about specific books or particular variations, not any questions regarding which repertoire books are the best. Thanks for your time.

If you know any high quality books about italian game pawn structure themes, or strategy in general I'd be happy to hear about them too!
  

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