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Model games
Compiled by DanielLam
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Games that I think are model ways to handle openings

French Tarrasch 3.. Be7 4. Ngf3
Van der Wiel vs Korchnoi, 1993 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

3... Be7 4.Ngf3
Hracek vs B Ostenstad, 2003
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

4... Nf6 Scotch. Queen check with 10. Qe3
Rublevsky vs Gligoric, 2000
(C45) Scotch Game, 48 moves, 1-0

4... Nf6 Scotch. Queen check with 10. Qe3
G Zaichik vs P Bereolos, 2001
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1-0

4... Nf6. ... Ba6 9. g3
Van der Wiel vs A David, 1993
(C45) Scotch Game, 25 moves, 1-0

4.. Nf6 Scotch. 8... Nb6
Leko vs Z Janahi, 1992
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 1-0

4... Nf6 Scotch. 8...Nb6
F Corrales Jimenez vs M Narciso Dublan, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 59 moves, 1-0

3... Be7 Tarrasch, Morozevich Variation
S Sjugirov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2005 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

3... Be7 Tarrasch, Morozevich Variation
Rublevsky vs Radjabov, 2002
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

3... Be7 Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation
A Toth vs T Macsik, 2001
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

4... Nf6 9... Qh4
D Blimke-Deren vs W Janocha, 2001
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen: 5... Qc7
V Yemelin vs Y Shulman, 1994 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Schveningen 10. g4
Sutovsky vs Van Wely, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Schveningen 9... Nc6
Xie Jun vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997 
(B83) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Schveningen 10.g4
Sutovsky vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 22 moves, 1-0

Key line in English
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1966 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

English Hedehog d3
Larsen vs Ulf Andersson, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 1-0

French Defence Steinitz
B Socko vs L Pantsulaia, 2003
(C11) French, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defence Steinitz
L Mrazik vs A Alpert, 2000 
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Catalan
I Ivanisevic vs Pavasovic, 2007
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 71 moves, 1-0

Open Catalan
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 1-0

Open Catalan
E Postny vs A Wirig, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1-0

Aggressive way to play against the Pirc
Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

Aggressive way to play against the Pirc
Morten Nielsen vs G Lyngsjo, 2009
(B07) Pirc, 66 moves, 1-0

Aggressive system vs. the Pirc
Seirawan vs J Ganz, 1988 
(B07) Pirc, 31 moves, 1-0

Aggressive way to play against the Pirc
J Schlenker vs R Storm, 1985 
(B07) Pirc, 38 moves, 1-0

Spanish Exchange. 5...f6
Smyslov vs Geller, 1973 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Spanish Delayed Exchange
Plachetka vs H Lehmann, 1969
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Caro-Kann tranpose: Modern
Hort vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1975
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Siclian RR
V Sareen vs Deepan Chakkravarthy J, 2005
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 51 moves, 1-0

SRR 8... Bd7
N Karaklajic vs Matulovic, 1955
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 36 moves, 1-0

Sicilian RR
R Zelcic vs Damljanovic, 2003
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 35 moves, 1-0

Sicilian RR
D Swiercz vs V S Gujrathi, 2008
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian 8... Be7 RR
A Drei vs T Thorhallsson, 2000
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 60 moves, 1-0

Sicilian RR 8... Qb6
Suetin vs O'Kelly, 1969
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian RR Exchange d4
R Damaso vs Kharlov, 2004
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Sicilian RR 8... Qb6
R Zelcic vs A Rombaldoni, 2008 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 28 moves, 1-0

Sicilian RR 7.. Be7
Short vs D Baramidze, 2007
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Siclian RR
Smirin vs A Gershon, 2000
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 37 moves, 1-0

Pirc 5... Ng4
D Sharma vs S Semiev, 2005 
(B06) Robatsch, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Boleslavsky
Nakamura vs Goldin, 2004 
(B56) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzo-Indian Capablanca
Sasikiran vs Korchnoi, 2002 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 36 moves, 0-1

French Defence Alekhine Attack
Lahno vs Korchnoi, 2009
(C13) French, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defence: Alekhine 8. Nh3
V Kiefhaber vs M Michna, 2001
(C13) French, 41 moves, 0-1

English King's
C Hanley vs T Ferkingstad, 2001
(A20) English, 29 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Defence Samisch
Dolmatov vs Kupreichik, 1982
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Grand Prix 3...e6
A Cabrera vs A Ivanov, 2001
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 51 moves, 0-1

Grand Prix Sicilian 3...g6
V Antonio vs E Karavade, 2008
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 24 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Classical Boleslavsky Exchange
L Rudenko vs O Rubtsova, 1956 
(B58) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

English Hedehog d3
A Shchekachev vs T Gharamian, 2005
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 52 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav 4.Qb3
N Gaprindashvili vs M Velcheva, 2001
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 62 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Samisch
L Christiansen vs L Fritsche, 1993
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit Declined Bf4
J Wintzer vs T Banusz, 2010
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 0-1

English Opening Symmetric
Suba vs Sax, 1983 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 16 moves, 1-0

Catalan
Z Medvegy vs H Vatter, 2009
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 53 moves, 1-0

KID Four Pawns
T Catalan vs N Saeed, 1983 
(E77) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

KID Four Pawns
N E Povah vs J Bohak, 1984
(E77) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

How to handle Budapest Gambit
Gligoric vs H Westerinen, 1971 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Benko Gambit neutralisation
B Finegold vs L Martinez, 2005
(A57) Benko Gambit, 41 moves, 1-0

Modern Benoni 8.h3
G Grigore vs A Duca, 2008
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 34 moves, 1-0

Modern Benoni 8.h3
Yermolinsky vs J L Watson, 2003
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 34 moves, 1-0

Centre Counter Main
A Timofeev vs R Ovetchkin, 2007 
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 1-0

Centre Counter
S Boyd vs A Stefanova, 1996 
(B01) Scandinavian, 46 moves, 1-0

Centre Counter 3...Qd6
M Tissir vs M Saud, 2005
(B01) Scandinavian, 80 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf sidelines
Short vs N Grandelius, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Irregular
R Medina Viana vs A Mongiello, 2008
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

Petrov Centre Attack
Gurgenidze vs G Borisenko, 1971
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrov: Centre Attack
Szabo vs Srand, 1965
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Spanish: Berlin Wall
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Berlin SideLine
Grischuk vs Darcy Lima, 2000 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Slav Exchange
N Murshed vs Dreev, 1989
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 58 moves, 0-1

Slav Defence Exchange
Baburin vs Dreev, 1989 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 0-1

Slav Exchange
A Schneider vs Dreev, 1991
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Orang-Outang
E Teichmann vs A Gupta, 2006 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 50 moves, 0-1

Petrov: Centre Attack
E Inarkiev vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Najdorf Polu variation
Jakovenko vs J Smeets, 2007 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 1-0

Najdorf Polu
Y Ding vs Zhang Pengxiang, 2005 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 64 moves, 0-1

Najdorf Polu
Tringov vs A Vila, 1970
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 61 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian: e3, Bg5
R Vazquez Igarza vs B Predojevic, 2009
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzo-Indian: e3, Bg5
V Agafii vs P Nakhapetiane, 2001
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Caro-Kann Smyslov 5.Bd3
F Bonilla vs M Hamandi, 2006
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

English Defence
R Dautov vs E Kengis, 1997
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Bb5
O Sepp vs Svidler, 1993
(B30) Sicilian, 66 moves, 0-1

Nimzo Indian
Gligoric vs Portisch, 1978
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pirc quiet line
Larsen vs Ivkov, 1966 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 57 moves, 1-0

Queen's Indian Defence: Zukertort Variation
O Jakobsen vs Hankipohja, 1966 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Caro Kann Advanced
R Jankowicz vs G Pyrich, 2000
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Caro Kann Advance
C Herbrechtsmeier vs Chandler, 1981
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Semi-Slav 4. Qb3
J Lechtynsky vs V Trickov, 1998
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

English Defence
S Lilienthal vs J Pietrzak, 1987
(A10) English, 27 moves, 0-1

English Defence
S Bercys vs Z Rahman, 2004
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

English Defence
Kharlov vs H A Gretarsson, 1995
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

English Defence
Y Gruenfeld vs E Prie, 1990
(A10) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Spanish Berlin
Keres vs L Sepp, 1936
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Closed 3.Bb5
Zhao Jun vs I A Nataf, 2006
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

French KIA
C Theocharides vs B Lalic, 2003
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Larsen Attack
N Managadze vs Krum Georgiev, 2006
(A04) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Benko Gambit 4.Nf3 Bb7
K Prucha vs Keres, 1943 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Kan Hedehog
J Alvarez Nunez vs J Hellsten, 2006
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 28 moves, 0-1

English Opening Flexible Line
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1993 
(A28) English, 81 moves, 0-1

Pirc Defence
Naiditsch vs Van der Wiel, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's Indian Attack
A H Wohl vs D Liu, 2001 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Classical 6.f4
P Kaza vs A Matnadze, 2005
(B56) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

Sicilian 3. Bb5+ Nd7
E Bhend vs Korchnoi, 1977
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Canal Attack
L Belliard Alonzo vs Browne, 1972
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Canal Attack 4.c3
B Shteinberg vs D Tishin, 2001
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

Bird's Opening, but White can refute it
P Treuil vs L Day, 1967 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Orang-Outang
Y Smolenskiy vs C Leotard, 1993
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

Budapest Gambit 3... Ne4
Yermolinsky vs Khmelnitsky, 2002
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Budapest Gambit... 9... f6
Barsov vs S Kagirov, 1993
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

Budapest Gambit, 3... Ng4 and 4... Bb4+
D Gurevich vs B Alford, 1991
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

French Milner Barry Attack
D Kassinopoullos vs D Jere, 2006
(C02) French, Advance, 44 moves, 0-1

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