Ponziani Opening

Chessboard showing the Ponziani Opening with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 played
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The Ponziani Opening is one of the oldest recorded chess openings.

Many consider the Ponziani opening to be bad because white “wastes” his third move with a pawn move which blocks the way for the queen’s knight. However, when you meet poorly prepared opponents, despite the loss of tempo, you have the surprise effect and well analysed variations on the white side. Black has to play correctly in order to be able to exploit white’s development deficit on the queenside after the opening has been settled; on the other hand, the second open diagonal for the white queen to a4 in particular often offers attacking possibilities there.

Video Content

Eric Rosen uses the opening frequently in his streams. He has released several videos of him playing the opening:

Studies about the Ponziani Opening

Learn the Ponziani Opening using public studies.

The Ponziani Opening
136 by sobbierel

Learn one of the oldest chess openings: The Ponziani Opening. An opening that will catch many black e4 e5 players off guard.

Ponziani chess website
14 by ezrathescribe

Many lines from the ponziani chess website video, and a few of my own

Ponziani Opening Traps and Tactics

Get better in the Ponziani Opening opening by practicing tactics taken from the early game. Recognize traps and mistakes of your opponents and exploit them. Train tactics from 2 different games.

Ponziani Opening Tactics

Play against Stockfish

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Play against the Ponziani Opening

Do you want to try out the Ponziani Opening? Train this opening against Stockfish.

Play against Stockfish either as white or black and explore the opening.