The Romantic Style:
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[Romantic Style]

Chess Style
- Romantic -

Popularized by the Italians, from about the late 1700s, this is sometimes referred to as "The Italian game".

Key Features:

  • Fast development of their army, followed by direct attacks on the enemy.

  • Go all-out for Checkmate but, if you found your game heading for a Loss, then above all, make it a glorious one.

  • If a player offers a piece for a sacrifice, the opponent is compelled to Accept, else face humiliation for the cowardly refusal.

Example Game
- Romantic Style -

- Anderssen-Kieseritsky, London, 1851 -

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Notable Players
- Romantic Style -

Example Openings
- Romantic Style -

* All players would Accept the Gambits, naturally.

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