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.
Eric Rosen uses the opening frequently in his streams. He has released several videos of him playing the opening:
- Punishing Beginner Mistakes | Ponziani Opening
- Everyone Should Know this Ponziani Opening Trap
- Even strong players fall for this Ponziani Opening trick!
Studies about the Ponziani Opening
Learn the Ponziani Opening using public studies.
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
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.