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  1. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    20 Feb '10 21:01
    hey guys, last time I asked about pawn structure and got the Kmoch book.. it was very good so thanks!

    hope someone knows about a good Italian opening book. I want to know a wide range of the ideas, so Im not even looking for any line in specific.
  2. 20 Feb '10 21:06 / 1 edit
    I assume you mean 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5.

    A while back, I was looking for a good one too.
    At that point, there were only two to choose from.

    The first was by Harding. For years and years, I think it was THE manual. Unfortunately, it's out of print and very dated by now. It's probably not of much use.

    The other one, which I purchased, is by Gufeld and Stetsko. It uses the annotated games format. It has fair to good coverage but isn't that special. Again, the book is dated and out of print. I probably wouldn't go for that one either.

    There are newer books,but I haven't had access to them. Maybe someone here can give a review of Italian Game And Evans Gambit by Jan Pinski (from 2005).
    It seems a little shabby at 160 pages, though.
  3. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    20 Feb '10 21:11
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
    I assume you mean 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5.

    A while back, I was looking for a good one too.
    At that point, there were only two to choose from.

    The first was by Harding. For years and years, I think it was THE manual. Unfortunately, it's out of print and very dated by now. It's probably not of much use.

    The other one, which I p ...[text shortened]... And Evans Gambit by Jan Pinski (from 2005).
    It seems a little shabby at 160 pages, though.
    thanks, yeah I agree I couldnt see anything new. I will check out the Gufeld book.
    the only thing I have right now is a Romans lab dvd which is pretty nice... but not enough depth really, as its split between that and the 2 knights D.
  4. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    20 Feb '10 21:19
    I bought it. also found their French and Dragon books for super cheap so I added those for the hell of it
  5. 20 Feb '10 22:17 / 5 edits
    Here.....

    http://www.chesscafe.com/archives/archives.htm#The%20Kibitzer

    Seek out The Kibitzer by Tim Harding

    Download EVERYTHING and print it out.
    You have a chess book written by the best living chess writer on the game

    What you want is;

    March 2002 The Giuoco Piano on Trial: White Wins the Case!
    February 2002 The Giuoco Piano on Trial (Part 3): The Summing-Up
    October 2001 The Giuoco Piano (Part 2): The Case for the Defence
    September 2001 Swansong of the Giuoco Piano (Part 1)

    But look at what else is there in this Aladin's Cave.

    February 2010 Masters and Patzers in the Biographical Dictionaries
    January 2010 One Hundred Years Ago: Chess in 1910
    December 2009 Judging Bobby Fischer
    November 2009 Books for the Darker Evenings
    October 2009 John Littlewood, The Man Who Lived Tactics
    September 2009 The Databases are Reloaded
    August 2009 The Cincinnati Commercial Correspondence Tournament
    July 2009 Women and Chess: the Debate is Revived
    June 2009 Philidor in the Press: the Final Years
    May 2009 Philidor in the Newspapers
    April 2009 New Chess Books for Spring
    March 2009 Erik Larsson: A Lifetime in the Service of Correspondence Chess
    February 2009 The Career and Legacy of Bob Wade
    January 2009 Chess in the Year 1909
    January-December 2008
    December 2008 Chess Books for Christmas
    November 2008 World Title Shenanigans
    October 2008 The "What If...?" Game; Some New Case Studies
    September 2008 New Investigations in the Two Knights Defence
    August 2008 Summer Books and a New Chess Library
    July 2008 Untruths and Mysteries about The Chess Player’s Chronicle
    June 2008 The Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit
    May 2008 Tolstoy and his Biographer
    April 2008 Informator’s First Hundred Volumes
    March 2008 Trials of a Touring Chess Master: Zukertort in Dublin, 1879
    February 2008 Bobby Fischer, R.I.P.
    January 2008 Chess in the Year 1908
    January-December 2007
    December 2007 How Many World Champions?
    November 2007 Books for Christmas
    October 2007 The Private World of the Chess Problem
    September 2007 The Family Life of Grandmaster Gunsberg
    August 2007 The Chess Career of King Canute - or not?
    July 2007 Has the Morra Gambit been Revived?
    June 2007 Some Thoughts on Books
    May 2007 The World's Greatest Chess Library
    April 2007 The Poisoned Pawn Lacked Venom
    March 2007 Snippets from Chess History
    February 2007 The Spanish Marshall Revisited
    January 2007 Chess in the Year 1907
    January-December 2006
    December 2006 Chess Books for Christmas
    November 2006 Chess Book Heaven at the Royal Dutch Library
    October 2006 Early Games of Chess by Telephone
    September 2006 Another Blast from the Postal Past
    August 2006 The First Oxford-Cambridge University Match
    July 2006 The Poisoned Pawn is Still Looking Tasty
    June 2006 The Last Homecoming of Mars
    May 2006 Sir George Thomas: The Early Years
    April 2006 Evans Gambit Reloaded
    March 2006 The Giuoco Piano Revisited
    February 2006 In the Footsteps of Harold Murray
    January 2006 Chess in the Year 1906
    January-December 2005
    December 2005 The Two Knights Revisited: the d4 Lines
    November 2005 Open Games Revisited: The Two Knights
    October 2005 A Tale of Two Conferences
    September 2005 The House of the Setting Sun
    August 2005 The First Women's Championship: The Decisive Rounds
    July 2005 The First Women's International Tournament
    June 2005 Queens of Chess: Not Deadlier than the Male?
    May 2005 World Champions Play Correspondence Chess
    April 2005 The Pierce Brothers and the "English Mechanic"
    March 2005 Amos Burn Revisited
    February 2005 Chess Treasures at the British Library
    January 2005 The Chess World in the Year 1905
    January-December 2004
    December 2004 The Center Game takes Center Stage
    November 2004 The End of the Black and White Column
    October 2004 It's all Down in Black and White
    September 2004 The Changes I Have Seen
    August 2004 Berserkers & Logicians
    July 2004 Playing the "What If...?" Game
    June 2004 Some Theory of the Pierce Gambit
    May 2004 Introduction to the Pierce Gambit
    April 2004 Was there a “Golden Age” of Correspondence Chess?
    March 2004 Is There Such a Thing as “Chess Culture?”
    February 2004 Correspondence Chess at a Crossroads
    January 2004 One Hundred Years Ago: Chess in the Year 1904
    January-December 2003
    December 2003 How Much Longer Can Man Match the Computer?
    November 2003 The Evans Gambit (Part 2): Chigorin’s Experiences with the Evans Gambit
    October 2003 The Evans Gambit (Part 1): The Search for Truth in the Evans Gambit
    September 2003 Goodbye to the Friendly Orang-Utan
    August 2003 Who was Winawer?
    July 2003 Significant Games in the Sokolsky Opening
    June 2003 How Sokolsky Played the Sokolsky
    May 2003 A Little Tutorial on PGN
    April 2003 Once more unto the Urusov, dear friends, once more...
    March 2003 Interview with a (Chess-playing) Vampire
    February 2003 A Blast From The Postal Past
    January 2003 One Hundred Years Ago: Chess in 1903
    January-December 2002
    December 2002 Last Rites for the Allgaier Gambit?
    November 2002 Not Quite Winning with the Allgaier Gambit
    October 2002 Does Chess Have A Future?
    September 2002 Materialism in Chess
    August 2002 A Second Dram of the Scotch Gambit
    July 2002 A Glass of Scotch
    June 2002 A Golden Jubilee of British Chess
    May 2002 The Not-so-fine Art of Game Annotation
    April 2002 Is the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn Edible?
    March 2002 The Giuoco Piano on Trial: White Wins the Case!
    February 2002 The Giuoco Piano on Trial (Part 3): The Summing-Up
    January 2002 One Hundred Years Ago: Chess in 1902
    January-December 2001
    December 2001 I Have Seen the Future — and It Works!
    November 2001 Shakhmatny Bulletin: An Old Friend Revisited
    October 2001 The Giuoco Piano (Part 2): The Case for the Defence
    September 2001 Swansong of the Giuoco Piano (Part 1)
    August 2001 The London-Vienna Correspondence Match (Part 2)
    July 2001 The London-Vienna Correspondence Match (Part 1)
    June 2001 Desert Island Chess Books
    May 2001 Two Knights Defence, Part 3: Berliner Variation Busted?
    April 2001 Two Knights Defence without Tears: Part 2
    March 2001 Two Knights Defence: See the Wood, Not the Trees!
    February 2001 FIDE, the World Championship and the Art of Boxing Promotion
    January 2001 One Hundred Years Ago: Chess in the Year 1901
    January-December 2000
    December 2000 A Portion of Sugar Tart
    November 2000 Playing the Budapest in Budapest
    October 2000 It's One Small Step for a Pawn
    September 2000 Remembering Cenek Kottnauer
    August 2000 A Pot-Pourri of d4 Openings
    July 2000 Forty Years A Kibitzer
    June 2000 A History of The City of London Chess Magazine (Part 2)
    May 2000 A History of The City of London Chess Magazine (Part 1)
    April 2000 À la Recherche des Échecs Perdus (or Remembrance of Chess Times Past)
    March 2000 Interesting Byways in the Classic Open Games
    February 2000 New Thoughts on Power Play in the Chess Opening
    January 2000 One Hundred Years Ago: Chess in the year 1900
    January-December 1999
    December 1999 Thoughts on the Millennium
    November 1999 The Cold Heaven of Rook Endings
    October 1999 A Royal March to Death or Glory
    September 1999 Is Khalifman the Real World Champion?
    August 1999 The Vampire Gambit: Can We Bury It Now?
    July 1999 Hennig-Schara Gambit Revisited
    June 1999 Have a Hack with the Hennig-Schara
    May 1999 Transpositions
    April 1999 The Openings at New York 1924 (Part II)
    March 1999 The Openings at New York 1924 (Part I)
    February 1999 Some Opening Topics Revisited
    January 1999 100 Years Ago: The Return of Lasker
    January-December 1998
    December 1998 Bring Back Free Castling!
    November 1998 "He could have been a contender..."
    October 1998 Is the Urusov Gambit Sound?
    September 1998 The Eternal Appeal Of The Urusov Gambit
    August 1998 What Exactly Is the Bishop's Opening?
    July 1998 Who was the strongest Irish player of all time?
    June 1998 Who Dunst It?
    May 1998 Has The Marshall Attack Been Refuted On The Internet?
    April 1998 Who Is the Real World Champion?
    March 1998 Putting Dracula Back in His Coffin
    February 1998 Dracula Has Risen from the Grave - or Has He?
    January 1998 One Hundred Years Ago: Head-to-Head in Vienna
    January-December 1997
    December 1997 How Stands the "Faj"?
    November 1997 Bobby Fischer, Twenty-five Years On
    October 1997 Chess Games Belong To The World
    September 1997 A Difficult Postal Game
    August 1997 We're Going On An Elephant Hunt
    July 1997 Winning by One Tempo: Clever or Not?
    June 1997 Anyone for the Franco-Benoni?
    May 1997 Chess Computers Aren't Really So Clever
    April 1997 The Kibitzer and the Even More Complete Najdorf
    March 1997 The Kibitzer Goes To War
    February 1997 Power Play in the Correspondence Chess Opening
    January 1997 The Kibitzer Turns the Clock Back
    June-December 1996
    December 1996 Kilkenny Open
    November 1996 The Lost Heroes of Chess
    October 1996 Two Knights Defence, the Amazing Counter-Attack
    September 1996 Time To Gamble On A Gambit
    August 1996 The Two Worlds of Correspondence Chess
    July 1996 Noteboom Or Abrahams: Whose Variation Is It Anyway?
    June 1996 Frankenstein and Dracula at the Chessboard
  6. 21 Feb '10 06:54
    Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics

    There are newer books,but I haven't had access to them. Maybe someone here can give a review of Italian Game And Evans Gambit by Jan Pinski (from 2005).
    It seems a little shabby at 160 pages, though.
    I play that line but have nothing newer than MCO-13 so nothing useful here. I do however own Pinski's Benko book which is similarily sized and I simply can't complain about it. I prefer the approach of walking through and annotating master games (sorted by variation) with an appendix of recommended lines at the end.
  7. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    21 Feb '10 20:04
    thanks guys!!