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interesting opening novelties
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Slav 6.e3 Bd3?!
Yusupov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 40 moves, 0-1

8. ... g5?! in the caro-kann advanced with c3
K Wolter vs M Saltaev, 2001
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 76 moves, 0-1

...Ba8 instead of ...Bxf1
Yermolinsky vs Shabalov, 1986 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 0-1

...Bd3 got too ambitious
Flohr vs V Mikenas, 1938
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 31 moves, 1-0

1.Nf3 d5 2.b4?! improved sokolsky i think
Alekhine vs J Drewitt, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

not a novelty, but a good line i think
E G F Hellers vs Ivanchuk, 1984 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 Be7?! 3.b3
L Day vs A Vogt, 2001
(C00) French Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

no need to play for the draw, white should play to win!
Fischer vs Larsen, 1966 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 19 moves, 1-0

7. ...d5!? in the ...archangelsk...very interesting
DeFirmian vs B Lugo, 1996 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

not a novelty, but better than what i play ;)
J Whitehead vs P Biyiasas, 1977 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 0-1

Sosonko gets a good enough position with 10.dxe5
Sosonko vs G Ligterink, 1979
(E96) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line, 29 moves, 1-0

Schlechter's 3.Bd3
Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1896
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlechter French with Schlechter as Black?!
G Marco vs Schlechter, 1896 
(C00) French Defense, 102 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlecther 3. ... Nf6
Schlechter vs Showalter, 1898 
(C00) French Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

3.c3 f5?! 4.d4 d6
Von Popiel vs Von Bardeleben, 1902
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

not a novelty, but 2.Bg5 is an interesting line
Kasparov vs Illescas Cordoba, 1996 
(A80) Dutch, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Drawing line in the Riga variation (6.d4exd4) of the open lopez
M Damjanovic vs P Dely, 1964
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

...Qc7 instead of ...e6 v. najdorf with Bc4
J Sherwin vs Larsen, 1958 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 0-1

early ...Qg5 in the classical lopez
V Castaldi vs E Canal, 1948
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

pinkus' 11.Rh4 isn't necessarily strong, but it's interesting:)
Pinkus vs M L Hanauer, 1951
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

2.f3 v. the alekhine...likely garbage but interestin
G Chandler vs J B Henderson, 1994 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 0-1

4.a4?! in the sokolsky attack...very interesting
Wade vs Speelman, 1973 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

4.Be3 in the adv. CK - interesting idea to stop ...c5
Igor Ivanov vs R Rowley, 1990
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

...Nd5 in the botvinnik...i called it absurd but now i dunno ;)
Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1980 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

1.Nf3 f5 2.b3 with switching off the knight
Van Wely vs J Van Mil, 1993 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

CK Adv 4.Bd3 5.f4 Qa5+!
M Perovsek vs I Sitnik, 2001
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

refutation of the muzio? i like :)
S Brady vs M Heidenfeld, 1991 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 16 moves, 0-1

crazy meran line with 4 queens
L Pliester vs Dreev, 1989 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

interesting v. the falkbeer
Chigorin vs G Marco, 1898 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

i like gunsburg's 2. ... f5 v. 1.e4 e5 2.d3
J M Hanham vs Gunsberg, 1889 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

trying to hold onto the pawn with ...b5
M Ruderfer vs Karpov, 1971 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 24 moves, 0-1

root's 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 f5?!
Silman vs D Root, 1979 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

an example of the great positions you can get in 2.Bg5 dutch
Dzindzichashvili vs Fritz, 1993
(A80) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

the debut of 3.h4 in the tromp
C Depasquale vs Kudrin, 1986 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

svidler/sveshnikov's 7.b3
Svidler vs S Volkov, 2003 
(C02) French, Advance, 54 moves, 1-0

it's likely junk but may be good for a go in blitz ;)
Najdorf vs Quinteros, 1978
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 58 moves, 0-1

tal ends up at ½/2 in his "refutation" of the Caro-Kann
Tal vs M Vukic, 1978 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

12.Kd2?! in the Taimanov Benoni
A Aleksandrov vs Wojtkiewicz, 1992 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

first instance of 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.h4
Piket vs V Malaniuk, 1988
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

6. ...b5?! not a novelty, but new to me in the nimzo
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs V Iordachescu, 2004 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

15. ...h5?! in the marshall
Fischer vs Wade, 1965 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

brave to play 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b4 v. the world champ :)
P Dankert vs Karpov, 1979 
(B40) Sicilian, 53 moves, 0-1

3.Bb5+ v. the scandinavian...can't wait to test this out :)
W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(B01) Scandinavian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

5.g4 v. the pirc
Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Short, 1982
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Benko, 1969 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

clarendon court
P Cramling vs K Spraggett, 1994
(A43) Old Benoni, 36 moves, 1-0

piket plays the lisitsin
Piket vs J Van Mil, 1992 
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 1-0

winawer countergambit
Marshall vs Winawer, 1901 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

4.g4 Bg6 5.e6?! in the Advanced Caro
S Macak vs M Rezak, 2001
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

first instance of 6. ...b5?!
I Nemet vs Adorjan, 1983 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 0-1

QID SIcilian (...e6, ...b6)
A Karagiannis vs Miles, 1992 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

9. ...Ne8 10.f4
J Fraguela Gil vs Huebner, 1976
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 65 moves, 1-0

why not the maroczy attack? f4!?
Judit Polgar vs Khalifman, 1999
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

3.Nh3 in KGA
Tartakower vs Gruenfeld, 1921 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan's 5.Bd3 in the KID stopping ...f5
Saemisch vs H Wagner, 1925
(E77) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

2.e5 genius or madness?
D D van Geet vs Hort, 1968 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

first bayonet played at GM level
Taimanov vs V Ciocaltea, 1956
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Bb5+ in the Dragon...looks interesting
Bogoljubov vs Gilg, 1949 
(B50) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

12. ...Bb4
Sherzer vs R Rowley, 1994
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

7. ...c5 turning the Meran into a QGA
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1925 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.Bg5 Ne4 4.h4!?
Z Basagic vs Z Zvan, 2001
(A48) King's Indian, 57 moves, 1-0

g4 is not a novelty, but i'm thinking of playing it
I Cheparinov vs Stellwagen, 2005 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 36 moves, 1-0

2.h3 Korchnoi attack
Korchnoi vs H Kaenel, 1979 
(A80) Dutch, 37 moves, 1-0

strong play v. the pirc
Hort vs Keene, 1975 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

1.b4 : Schüler gambit
Z Nemec vs B Wall, 2005
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

4.a4 v. benko
C Ward vs Adams, 1995
(A57) Benko Gambit, 62 moves, 1-0

d6 in the ...g6 panov seems interesting...maybenot great but !?
Zhao Xue vs N Hryhorenko, 2001
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

2.Bb5?! v. the French
Bird vs M Fleissig, 1873 
(C00) French Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

13. ...b5 an interesting pawn gambit
Ivanchuk vs Seirawan, 1990 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Caro Wing Gambit 2.Ne2 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4?!
J Rosito vs Horacio Hernandez, 1995
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bacrot vs A Greenfeld, 2004
(A05) Reti Opening, 55 moves, 1-0

7. ...e5!? in the Panov
J Leandro vs R Arias Formoso, 2005
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

benko in the leningrad instead of 6. ...Ne4?!
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

trans. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 Be7 4.Nc3 d5 tromp->french
U Goy vs L Lukovski, 1995
(C14) French, Classical, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

7.Nd5 the "Lein line"
A Lein vs N Minev, 1972
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

accelerated shirov-shabalov
Epishin vs F Losada Cabrera, 2006
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.a4!?
Morozevich vs E Inarkiev, 2007 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1-0

Gajewski Variation 10 ...d5
V Kuznetsov vs G Gajewski, 2007 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

4.Nd2 e6 5.g4!?
F Vallejo Pons vs Karpov, 2009 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

something for blitz 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 Ne4?!
D Podhorzer vs Keres, 1937
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 0-1

spassky 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.h4!?
Spassky vs Ufimtsev, 1958 
(B06) Robatsch, 27 moves, 1-0

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Re1?!
Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1897 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 0-1

2. b3 with double fianchetto v. Caro-Kann
Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 31 moves, 1-0

early b4 in scandinavian
Leonhardt vs J Mieses, 1908 
(B01) Scandinavian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

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