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Classic Openings
Compiled by RonB52734
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Earliest examples in the database of familiar opening lines


An early Giuco Piano, ending in a nice smothered mate
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Perhaps the first Giuco Piano in the database
Busnardo vs NN, 1590 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

This seems to be the earliest Ruy Lopez in the database
W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

An early QGD
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Greco plays the Sicilian, one of four ca. 1620
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 36 moves, 0-1

One of three English from 1843
Staunton vs Saint Amant, 1843 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Second of three English from 1843
Staunton vs Saint Amant, 1843 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1-0

Third example of the English from 1843, with Staunton losing
Staunton vs Saint Amant, 1843 
(A13) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Caro Kann't
Pillsbury vs H Caro, 1898 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

An early Pirc
M Thinius vs V Beim, 1993 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 35 moves, 0-1

As played by Pirc
Pilnik vs Pirc, 1950 
(B07) Pirc, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

The oldest game in the database (a Scandinavian)
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez plays the King's Gambit
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1575 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Two Knights, with a side of Fried Liver
Polerio vs Domenico, 1610 
(C57) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

The Philidor, leading to a straightforward back rank mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

Greco against the French, with back rank mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

The Reti appears
E D'Andre vs de Riviere, 1867 
(A06) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

Reti begins playing the Reti
Reti vs J Bernstein, 1923 
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 1-0

The King's Indian - One of several from 1879 in Leipzig
A Schwarz vs Paulsen, 1879 
(A16) English, 78 moves, 0-1

Another King's Indian from 1879
A Schwarz vs Paulsen, 1879 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

Schwarz beats the King's Indian
A Schwarz vs Paulsen, 1879
(E77) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

An old Old Benoni
W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1841 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

A less old Benoni
Steinitz vs Tinsley, 1895  
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

J Gallagher vs S Williams, 1999
(B40) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Chiburdanidze vs Psakhis, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 0-1

Najdorf plays the Najdorf
F Rubio Aguado vs Najdorf, 1956 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 33 moves, 0-1

Nimzo is hoist on his own petard
Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

The cell phone attack
A Jain vs R Norinkeviciute, 2007  
(B06) Robatsch, 2 moves, 1-0

Winning with the Crab
K Grigorian vs Savon, 1973 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 1 moves, 1-0

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