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Black Repertoire vs. 1.e4
Compiled by Chigorin
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This collection outlines a repertoire for Black against 1.e4 based on the Open Defense against the Ruy Lopez, 5...f6 against the Ruy Lopez Exchange, and the Two Knights Defense against 3.Bc4. These defenses are completely sound, but also more based on pure piece activity (and consequently more intuitive for an amateur) than various other replies to 1.e4 (Closed Spanish, Sicilian, French etc.). I based the selection of games on three books:

-"Open Ruy Lopez" (2000) by Glen Flear

-"Ruy Lopez Exchange" (2005) by Krzysztof Panczyk and Jacek Ilczuk

-"Play the Open Games as Black" (2000) by John Emms

The theory is dated in some spots, but as a starting place for an amateur repertoire these games are still great examples. The most dated theory is probably in the Ruy Lopez mainlines, which in my experience are rarely encountered at amateur level anyway.

In a couple of spots I chose lines other than those recommended in the above mentioned books, usually because I felt that the lines given in the books were either unnecessarily difficult (3...g5 vs. the King's Gambit as given by Emms, 4...Nf6 vs. the Scotch as given by Emms), or simply sub-optimal (5...Bb4 vs. the Vienna as given by Emms).

Open Ruy Lopez 9.Nbd2/9.c3
Leko vs Korchnoi, 1997
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 9.Nbd2/9.c3
Svidler vs Yusupov, 2003
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 9.Nbd2/9.c3
Morozevich vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 9.Be3
Kiril Georgiev vs Ivanchuk, 1992
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 9.Qe2
A Rodriguez vs Yusupov, 1982
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 9.Qe2
A Sokolov vs M Marin, 1990
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 37 moves, 1-0

Open Ruy Lopez 9.a4
Ljubojevic vs Yusupov, 1991 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 8.Nxe5
Short vs Timman, 1993
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open Ruy Lopez 6.Re1
U Atakisi vs Skembris, 2001
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 58 moves, 0-1

Open Ruy Lopez 6.Re1
Gipslis vs Averbakh, 1958
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruy Lopez 5.d4
A Zapata vs Anand, 1992
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruy Lopez 5.Bxc6
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2010 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ruy Lopez 5.Qe2
Bisguier vs Geller, 1962
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 0-1

Ruy Lopez 5.d3
M Saltaev vs I Sokolov, 1998
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 8.Nb3
A Kaliksteyn vs G Sagalchik, 2002
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 8.Ne2
Hracek vs Tkachiev, 2003
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 8.Ne2
D Breder vs Sundararajan, 2001
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 8.Ne2
J Blaskowski vs K Panczyk, 1981
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 8.Ne2
Khalifman vs Glek, 1985
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 6.Qxd4
H K Mattison vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation 6.Qxd4
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Exchange Variation 6.Qxd4
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 55 moves, 0-1

Exchange Variation 6.Qxd4
Miles vs Karpov, 1992
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 6.Qxd4
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1998
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 5.Nc3
V Yandemirov vs E Inarkiev, 2004
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Variation 5.d3
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 40 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Defense 4.Ng5
Morozevich vs A Graf, 1994 
(C59) Two Knights, 59 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense 4.Ng5
Spassky vs Geller, 1955
(C59) Two Knights, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two Knights Defense 4.Ng5
Macieja vs S Sulskis, 2004
(C58) Two Knights, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two Knights Defense 4.Ng5
Kaidanov vs Onischuk, 2008 
(C58) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense 4.d4 exd5 5.e5
Illescas Cordoba vs J B Campos-Moreno, 1989
(C45) Scotch Game, 48 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense 4.d4 exd5 5.e5
D Edelman vs J Klovans, 1994
(C45) Scotch Game, 53 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0
D Kontic vs Gligoric, 1998 
(C56) Two Knights, 40 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense 4.d4 exd5 5.Ng5!?
H Pfleger vs L Lengyel, 1965
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Giuoco Pianissimo 5.c3
Lahno vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 60 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Pianissimo 5.Nc3
B Ivanovic vs Kiril Georgiev, 1987
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two Knights Defense Fork Trick
Tarrasch vs Marshall, 1912
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 62 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense Fork Trick
G Neidich vs Marshall, 1920 
(C46) Three Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Defense (Boden-Kieseritzky)
J Thomas vs M Goodger, 2006 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Scotch 5.Nb3
Rublevsky vs Naiditsch, 2004
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Scotch 5.Be3
Rublevsky vs Kiril Georgiev, 2005 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scotch 5.Be3
R Hasangatin vs N Maiorov, 2001
(C45) Scotch Game, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scotch 5.Nxc6
J Magem Badals vs A Kovalev, 1999
(C45) Scotch Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Scotch 5.Nxc6
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 51 moves, 0-1

Scotch 5.Nxc6
Radjabov vs Jakovenko, 2009 
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scotch 5.Nf5!?
W Puntier vs C D'Amore, 2004
(C45) Scotch Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Four Knights 5.Nxe5
Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1925 
(C48) Four Knights, 45 moves, 0-1

Four Knights 5.Nxd4
D Lima vs Miles, 1997
(C48) Four Knights, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Four Knights 5.0-0
Sutovsky vs Nunn, 1998
(C48) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Four Knights 5.Bc4
Ivanchuk vs Svidler, 1999
(C48) Four Knights, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Four Knights 5.Ba4
Shirov vs Piket, 1995
(C48) Four Knights, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Four Knights 5.Ba4
Vallejo-Pons vs Z Almasi, 2004
(C48) Four Knights, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scotch Four Knights
M Golubev vs M Marin, 2001
(C47) Four Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

Scotch Four Knights
T Roschina vs F Jenni, 2005
(C47) Four Knights, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Belgrade Gambit
E Prie vs Van der Wiel, 1990
(C47) Four Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit
W Hahn vs W Class, 1983
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit
Hartston vs Spassky, 1966 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit
A Negre vs D Thimognier, 1990
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit
J Gallagher vs P Van der Sterren, 1992
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit
Conquest vs Beliavsky, 2000
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vienna Gambit
K Berg vs Spassky, 1987
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vienna Gambit
B Kazic vs D Poljakov, 1945
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 50 moves, 0-1

Vienna Gambit
Sax vs Plaskett, 1986 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 92 moves, 0-1

Vienna Gambit
L'Hoste F vs J P Boudre, 1990
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 18 moves, 0-1

Vienna Gambit
A Boog vs M Godena, 1993 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 59 moves, 0-1

Vienna 3.g3
Spassky vs Karpov, 1979
(C26) Vienna, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vienna 3.g3
Krasenkow vs Kupreichik, 1986
(C47) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

Vienna 3.Bc4 Nxe4
A Mista vs I Hera, 2009
(C27) Vienna Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Bishop's Opening
Adams vs Kramnik, 1998
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Danish/Goring Declined
Miles vs Nunn, 1970 
(C21) Center Game, 49 moves, 0-1

Center Game
S Sanchez Castillo vs A Otazo, 2001
(C22) Center Game, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

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