November 15, 2009

Ponziani Opening

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This chess lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Ponziani Opening, an oldest chess opening in the history of chess. The lesson holds 2 chess videos: Video 1 Ponziani Opening - General Information and Video 2 Ponziani Opening - How to Play (see them below).

Note: The .PGN file on this chess opening will not be developed. Instead, you can find and download a special free .PDF eBook "Pozniani Opening: How to Win This Chess Opening." Small in size, the eBook will provide you with the detailed information on Ponziani Opening.

By composition, the lesson is divided into 2 parts:
I. Ponziani Opening: Data and Variations
II. Ponziani Opening Videos: See a Picture and How to Play
III. Ponziani Opening: Download PDF eBook to Learn


I. Ponziani Opening: Data and Variations

Opening Type: Open Game
Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3
ECO Code: C44

Note: C44 is not only Ponziani Opening.
Note: C44 is also Tayler Opening, Inverted Hanham, and some others.
Note: Looking for Ponziani Opening games by C44, please check the move order.

Ponziani Opening: General Description

Ponziani Opening is an oldest opening in the history of chess. It is named after Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani (1719 – 1796) who was an Italian law professor, priest, chess player, chess writer and composer. The opening is also called English Knight's Game or Staunton's Opening.

The main features of Ponziani Opening follows. By moving 3.c3, White goes for the center control. At the same time, the pawn on c3 slightly delays the White development of the minor pieces at the Queen's side. Because of this, today Ponziani Opening is being played rarely at all levels of chess.

Black may get slightly better position if he knows how to play it correctly. For White, Pozniani Opening may be effectively used from time to time against an unprepared opponent. To some extend, the opening is similar to Ruy Lopes (3.Bb5)and Italian Game (3.Bc4), which are much more popular today...

As a respond to Pozniani Opening, Black is to answer the following 1 of 5: (1) 3... d5 - one of the best moves; (2) 3... Nf6 - one of the best moves; (3) 3... f5 - old one (original Ponziani's move); (4) 3... Nge7; (5) 3... Be7. Officially, there are 11 variations; the most common 4-6.

Main Variations

Leonhardt variation, C44
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Nf6

Jaenisch Counterattack variation, C44
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6

Ponziani Countergambit variation, C44
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5


II. Ponziani Opening Videos: See a Picture and How to Play

To better understand this chess opening, you are recommended to see Video 1: Ponziani Opening - General Information. To learn Ponziani Opening in a visible way, click the Play button below:




• If the opening video hasn't shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.

To see Video 2: Ponziani Opening - How to Play, click the next link:
Ponziani Opening Play Video
Note: You can find Video 2 at the bottom of the page open.


III. Ponziani Opening: Download PDF eBook to Learn

To learn Ponziani Opening, you can download the following PDF ebook:

Ponziani Opening: How to Win This Chess Opening (102 KB)

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