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Why is White's accuracy 99.7% instead of 100.0%?

Probably, as you pointed out, Bb5 instead of Bc4. The Ruy Lopez is considered very very marginally better/more critical than the Italian by humans, so it'd make sense that the engine used here'd agree....
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

The joke is based on the perception of Giri as a very solid, "drawish" player. There always seems to be one top player who is the butt of such jokes. It used to be Leko, nowadays it's Giri. Take a ...
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Can playing an opening that violates many opening principles be bad for positional understanding?

Generally speaking, violating positional elements, at any time, is bad for positional understanding. When you win a lot of games with bad positional play, this provides positive reinforcement for ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

I'm discounting the explanation he just made an error in his annotations because of the deliberate way he looks at the camera when he announces this First of all, he did make a mistake. He said ...
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Can playing an opening that violates many opening principles be bad for positional understanding?

I'd say the opposite is true. "Principles" are great as general rules, but if chess were about following a set of fixed rules, you could simply buy a book that contains those rules and ...
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Why don't masters prevent the pin after Bg4 in the modern Italian game?

You're referring to ...Bc8-g4 as a threat. The only threat it makes is ...Bg4xf3, losing time and the bishop pair. While White has d4 under wraps with a pawn at c3, theere's no ...Nc6-d4 coming to ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

The Evans Gambit is a running gag on Agadmator's channel. I can't remember when it started but at least for the past year whenever there is a game that reaches the Giuoco Piano position he jokes about ...
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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6: 365chess.com database shows: MOVE | games | year | White + Draw + Black -------+-------+------+--------+--------+------- 4. d4 | 491 | 2018 | 50.3 % | 24.4 % | 25....
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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

The game will get the characteristics of the Philidor Defense rather than the Italian Game. Wikipedia calls it the Semi-Italian Opening. I. A. Horowitz called the defence "solid", also writing: "It ...
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Best reply against the Italian Game after 3...h6 4. d4?

3...h6 is not a mistake, but it's certainly not the best move in the position. In the opening, one of your goals is to develop your pieces, and ...h6 doesn't do this. The only point of ...h6 seems to ...
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Italian Game Response As Black

4.Ng5 is a provocative move, threatening to take on f7. The main line is 4...d5, and after 5.exd5 the best move might be 5...Na5. After 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 Black has sacrificed a pawn but has ...
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How to counter white's attempt to get a massive center in the Giucco Piano?

c3 by white is called the Moller Attack. The reason you do not see it at high levels is that the sting has been taken out of it over the years. Basically, it comes down to breaking up the center with ...
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Counter to ...Be6 in the Italian Game?

You are quite right to be puzzled, because there is no general answer, but to say that "it all depends on the position" does not help you very much. Let me just comment on some of your ...
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Why is it funny to say Giri played the Evans Gambit?

I think that he is just kidding because it is so rare at that level, but nevertheless, some great players have whipped it out as a surprise. Kasparov played it three times against Jeroen Piket, Vishy ...
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Giuoco Piano to Kids

I'd explain nothing about openings to a 6 year old, except maybe something about using all your pieces (but it'll fall to deaf ears, most likely). I assisted at a local school tournament recently, ...
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Resources on Italian Game, Two Knights Defense with 4. d3 h6 and quick ...g5

FM Andrey Terekhov's Two Knights Defense repertoire on Chessable uses this variation against 4.d3. That repertoire deserves to be more widely known: it's one of the best on Chessable, the author ...
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Is Nxd5 playable in the Italian Game: Two Knights Defense?

Black is not in danger of being mated, but still, in the "standard" variants, Black also loses the e-pawn, thus having only +1 material, a huge developmental disadvantage, and a king on the ...
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What's the point of early a2-a4 in the Modern Italian?

White obviously doesn't want to give light square bishop for knight. He can waste two moves with Bb3-c2, which is the old main line. Or he can just create escape on a2, after which Na5 doesn't make ...
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Why is 4. Ng5 in the Two Knights not common in current (2024) top-level chess?

In recent years, White players have struggled to play for advantage in the 4.Ng5 lines. The main line goes: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 ...
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Giuoco Piano, Steinitz Variation

This line looks unsound. White's plan seems to be to threaten to win back the piece by 10...dxc4 11. Re1 (pinning the knight), teasing Black into weakening his king's position further by 11...f5 to ...
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Moving f6 pawn in Max Lange Attack

After f6 White takes with the bishop and Black loses a piece (bishop on c5 since d6 square is attacked by the white knight and f8 is attacked by the white pawn; no other piece is protecting the bishop)...
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How to counter white's attempt to get a massive center in the Giucco Piano?

Even though Black is fine in this line (if you know the relevant theory), you can avoid it by playing the 3...Nf6 move order. Then: 4.d3 Bc5 transposes to a quiet Italian where White won't be pushing ...
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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

There is no way to "crush" that move. You just play! Develop your pieces, get space in the center and obtain a small advantage. Your opponent won't be losing a piece or something like that. I assume ...
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In the Giuoco Piano, why is 4.0-0 currently so popular at top level?

I see two reasons why to prefer castling over c3. First reason why I would go for 4.0-0 is that I would like to postpone playing c3 to make lines with d5 riskier. Imagine Marshall Ruy-Lopez, if the ...
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What's the point of early a2-a4 in the Modern Italian?

a2-a4 does quite a few things. First it makes a Square for the Bishop on a2. Restricts b5 from Black on most occasions. a3 move is quite a timid one which loses a tempo even if White decides to play ...
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Is Nxd5 playable in the Italian Game: Two Knights Defense?

It's playable in the sense that there is no known forced win, but the line Black has to thread to equality is a fine one. This is reflected by the opening eval, about +0.7 - +0.9 (see my answer to a ...
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In the Polerio defence of the Italian game - 2 knights variation, why does capturing with the knight give white an advantage

In these lines of two knight's defence black is pawn down - so he has to gain activity, to compensate for it. After 8. ... Qxd7, you are pressuring white d5 pawn, so white has to play 9. c4 and then ...
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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

I don't know there's a book that covers all of those openings well. The Pinski book tries to but I don't think they do a good job. My favorite book on the Evans is Harding's book. The two knights can ...
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In the Giuoco Piano, why is 4.0-0 currently so popular at top level?

According to a New in Chess Yearbook 124 article: "Recently, White has been playing this move order, intended to avoid lines that allow Black the possibility of a quick ...d7-d5(normally, this central ...
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