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51a1_IQP on d4
Compiled by whiteshark
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< "He who fears an Isolated Queen's Pawn should give up Chess." <>> ~ Siegbert Tarrasch

< "The isolated Pawn casts gloom over the entire chessboard." <>> ~ Aaron Nimzowitsch

<The essential disadvantage of the isolated pawn ... lies not in the pawn itself, but in the square in front of the pawn. <>> ~ Richard Reti

This collection shows how to take advantage of the dynamic possibilities of the isolated d pawn. If the isolani manages to advance, look out! On the other hand, if it is firmly blockaded, it tends to become a liability that leads to a lost endgame as pieces are exchanged. I find this strategic struggle utterly fascinating.

The Isolated Queen's Pawn (or as google translated it from Portugiese <the Pawn Isolated Lady> - (L-O-L) can play a dangerous role in attack, espeically when it advances to disorient the enemy army. Most games in this collection examplify this theme. However, sometimes it can be properly blockaded and eventually captured.

'Understanding Pawn play in chess' by Drazen Marovic has a nice treatment of the subject of IQP. An equally good treatment is available in 'Pawn structure chess' by Andrew Soltis

recommended/check:
Game Collection: IQP / http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... / Game Collection: IQP wins / Game Collection: IQP loses / Game Collection: IQP / Game Collection: nexus IQP position / Game Collection: IQP Wins.

* Game Collection: PANOV BOTVINNIK ATTACK

These games all reach the same IQP position after 7 complete moves. There are myriad move orders to reach the position, including lines of the following openings: Alapin Sicilian, Panov Caro-Kann, Symmetrical English, Semi-Tarrasch, Scandinavian transfer to Panov. Botvinnik believed that studying certain structures which could arise from numerous openings was a good way to prepare. The main structure which Botvinnik studied was the Panov. I don't know if this exact position was one that he studied, but it seems to be a nexus for many openings which result in IQP positions. Some examples of players who have followed the main line continuation from the nexus position most frequently on the white side are Judit Polgar and Jovan Petronic. On the black side we see the Caro-Kann adherents Anatoly Karpov, Allan Stig Rasmussen, and especially Eduard Meduna. I will cite instances where the nexus position is mentioned in books when I find them. Soltis=the book by Soltis titled Pawn Structure Chess. I don't own a database to search so I am relying on online tools. Andrzej Maciejewski v Marek Vokac, Prague 1990 is the only master game I can find which follows the Alapin Sicilian to a position which could have resulted from the nexus: 1 e4 c5 2 c3 d5 3 exd5 Nf6 4 d4 cxd4 5 cxd4 Nxd5 6 Nc3 e6 7 Nf3 Be7 8 Bd3 0-0 9 0-0 Nc6. George-Gabriel Grigore v Serban Neamtu, Romania 1992 is an example of the move order from the Slav Exchange 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 cxd5 cxd5 4 Nc3 Nc6 5 e4 Nf6 6 exd5 Nxd5 7 Nf3 e6. Here is another move order: Scandinavian, Kadas Gambit, transfer to Panov 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 c4 c6 4 d4 cxd5 5 Nc3 Nc6 6 cxd5 Nxd5 7 Nf3 e6. These are the relevant ECO codes: A04, A15, A16, A17, A30, A34, A35, A40, A46, B01, B10, B13, B14, B21, B22, D02, D04, D10, D41, E10.


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"Imagine the following pawn skeleton: White: pawns on a2, b2, d4, f2, g2, h2: Black: pawns on a7, b7, e6, f7, g7, h7. Despite its static weakness, the isolated pawn on d4 is filled with a certain dynamic power. We must distinguish with absolute accuracy between "static" and "dynamic" because this is the only way to understand completely. A static weakness shows up in the endgame and in two ways: firstly, the d4-pawn needs protection and, secondly, "neighbouring weak squares" show up clearly (e.g. the black king can try to get to c4 or e4 via d5). As far as dynamic strength is concerned, there is the pawn's lust to expand (d4-d5!) and in addition White can plan to leave his isolated pawn where it is and occupy one of the dynamically extremely valuable squares e5 or c5 which have been created by the d4-pawn."

- Nimzowitsch, The Praxis of My System

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Baburin, Winning Pawn Structures leider zur Zeit nicht mehr erhältlich (Juni 2007) 256 S., kart., Batsford 1998/2001, Euro 25,00

" Zielgruppe: DWZ 1600-2350

Eine Zeitlang war dieses Buch nicht erhältlich, dann doch wieder nachgedruckt - aber der Autor bat, das Buch nicht zu kaufen, wegen ungeklärter Honorarzahlungen. Im Moment scheint aber wieder alles in Ordnung, und wir dürfen dieses Buch ruhigen Gewissens empfehlen. Der erste Schwachpunkt eines sehr starken Buches ist - der Titel. Dieser sollte heißen Isolanistellungen. Denn Thema ist der klassische isolierte Damenbauer, entstehend aus Tarrasch-Verteidigung, Semi-Tarrasch, Caro-Kann/Panow-Angriff, Nimzowitsch-Indisch mit 4.e3, Sizilianisch 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 usw. Kürzer behandelt werden die verwandten Typen "Hängebauern" (z.B. nach Sd5xSc3 b2xc3 bei weißem Isolani d4) und "Widder" (sich gegenüberstehende Einzelbauern d4/d5). Der irisch-russische GM Baburin illustriert in überzeugender Weise alle typischen Angriffs-, Verteidigungs- und Endspielpläne. Und beileibe nicht nur die naheliegenden Pläne,die "jeder kennt" bzw. zu kennen meint! (z.B. die Standardopfer auf f7 und e6). Da kommt auch mal die Isolaniseite auf der c-Linie, bringt den Turm auf der 3. Reihe zum Einsatz (z.B. Ta1-a3-h3 oder Td1-d3-g3) oder spielt einen Angriff mittels h2-h4-h5 - ein weniger bekanntes, aber mitunter effektvolles Motiv. Das Buch ist mithin Pflicht für alle Spieler, bei denen Isolanistellungen eine wesentliche Stelle im Eröffnungsrepertoire einnimmt. Ein kleiner Vorbehalt nichtsdestotrotz: In den (ansonsten hervorragend ausgewählten!) Beispielen gewinnt praktisch immer die Isolaniseite, wenn sie Angriff/Initiative im Mittelspiel hat. Bzw. in typischen Endspielen, wo naturgemäß die gegen den Isolani spielende Seite den Vorteil hat, verdichtet sie diesen Vorteil in praktisch allen Beispielen zum Gewinn. Dies entspricht nicht der Realität! Wie sowohl das Gefühl wie auch ein Spezialrecherche in Datenbanken zeigt, bleibt ein typisches Endspiel - sagen wir mit Läufer und Springer beiderseits - in der Mehrzahl der Fälle remis; nur seltener führt der Vorteil auch zum ganzen Punkt. Umgekehrt führt längst nicht jede Stellung mit starkem Königsangriff der Isolaniseite zum Erfolg; die notorisch komplizierten Opferwendungen führen auch gern mal zum Dauerschach oder zu unklaren Positionen. Zwar zeigt Baburin jedesmal, wo die letztlich unterlegene Seite hätte besser spielen können. Trotzdem - ich habe ein bißchen Angst, daß solchermaßen im Kopf ein statistisch verzerrtes Abbild der Realität entsteht. Trotz dieses kleinen Vorbehaltes ein starkes Buch, einwandfrei produziert und mit umfangreichem Inhalt, so daß der Preis nicht so sehr schmerzt - verglichen mit einigen anderen teuren, dünnen und letztlich billig gemachten Batsford-Produktionen. Zur Zielgruppe: Obwohl die Arbeit an speziellen strategischen Formation (wie hier Isolanistellungen) erst ab ca. DWZ 1800 Sinn macht, scheint mir hier eine Ausnahme gegeben: Baburins Partiekommentare sind sehr eingängig und leichtverständlich. Auch der starke Turnierspieler (um 2200) kann zweifellos profitieren. Für Spieler ab IM-Stärke ist der Inhalt vielleicht doch wieder zu allgemein; wenig tiefe Analyse, wenig "Hyperpräzision", auch in Bezug auf die Eröffnungstheorie (hier würde ich mir z.B. noch präzisere Vergleiche in der Beurteilung verwandter Stellungen, die sich z.B. durch ein Tempo mehr/weniger oder eine andere Nuance unterscheiden, wünschen)." http://www.kaniaverlag.de/htm/tarra...

Blockade
Keene vs Uhlmann, 1971  
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 52 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch führt Nimzowitsch vor.
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

L Shamkovich vs Kasparov, 1980 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

J Sunye Neto vs Kasparov, 1981 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

back then
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

GK losing the IQP quite early
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

Miles vs Kasparov, 1983 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

keene's perception
Keene vs Miles, 1976  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

Durchmarsch 17.d5
Kasparov vs Short, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

14.d5!!! PWND
Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 18 moves, 1-0

Süper-Blokade
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

Durchmarsch: d4-d5-d6-d7
Kramnik vs Anand, 2002 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Salov vs Anand, 1998 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Anand, 1999 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

14.d5!! and Kotov loses like a GM
Boleslavsky vs Kotov, 1953 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Bacrot vs L Dominguez, 2008 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Yates, 1910 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Stahlberg, 1934 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

--> R
Stahlberg vs Keres, 1938 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 66 moves, 0-1

Übergänge
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 86 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Pachman, 1947 
(A28) English, 45 moves, 0-1

N Grigoriev vs Alekhine, 1920 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 0-1

Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

Albin vs Charousek, 1896 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

late IQP
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1906 
(A53) Old Indian, 30 moves, 0-1

Flohr vs Euwe, 1932 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Vidmar, 1936 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

late
Morozevich vs B Predojevic, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

rasch aufgelöst
Kramnik vs Korchnoi, 1996
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 1-0

rasch aufgelöst
Kramnik vs Karpov, 1999 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

bis ins Endspiel
Wang Chen vs Yu Yangyi, 2012
(B40) Sicilian, 60 moves, 0-1

Pd5
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Auflösung nach d5-d4
P Nikolic vs F Handke, 2012
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

nexus one
Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1947 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

nexus one
Z von Balla vs Szabo, 1940
(B10) Caro-Kann, 49 moves, 1-0

nexus one
Najdorf vs J Salas Romo, 1945
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 52 moves, 1-0

nexus one
Lasker / Wolf vs Allies, 1934 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

nexus one
Balashov vs Lputian, 1991
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 76 moves, 1-0

nexus one
Kavalek vs Sax, 1975
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

nexus one
V Cibulka vs M Bobotsov, 1966 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 35 moves, 0-1

nexus one
A Sokolov vs A V Kharitonov, 1990 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

nexus one
Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 22 moves, 1-0

nexus one
Anand vs Timman, 1992 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Anand, 2001 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Brilliant breakthrough with <26. d5!>
Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 41 moves, 1-0

--> d4xe5
Karpov vs Hort, 1980 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 61 moves, 1-0

Pd5 --> hp
Petrosian vs Hort, 1972 
(A13) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Stoltz vs K Richter, 1941 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Indian game
Yusupov vs D B Gurevich, 2005 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Hort vs M Mukhin, 1973
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 50 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Sahovic, 1969
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

--> QB:RRN
Kiril D Georgiev vs O Barbosa, 2012 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Rubinstein, 1907
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Dandridge vs B Kreiman, 1993 
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

P Bublei vs I Bukavshin, 2013 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs N Padevsky, 1963 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 29 moves, 1-0

D Solak vs V Tukmakov, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Kaidanov vs Anand, 1987 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Kramnik, 2013 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 62 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Savon, 1971
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 58 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

--> backward
G Nyholm vs Alekhine, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Paulsen vs Englisch, 1877 
(A28) English, 44 moves, 1-0

Konstantinopolsky vs Tolush, 1948
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Hebden vs S Lalic, 1990
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 18 moves, 1-0

Hebden vs C Adrian, 1990
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Panno vs Najdorf, 1963 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Miladinovic vs G K Monnisha, 2013
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs A Giri, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stein vs A Petersons, 1965 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gelfand vs Tomashevsky, 2014 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sveshnikov vs Tal, 1973
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sveshnikov vs Igor Ivanov, 1976 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Sveshnikov vs Epishin, 1993
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Tan vs H Plasman, 2001 
(C21) Center Game, 16 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1990 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

Riumin vs Capablanca, 1936 
(A09) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Huebner, 1980 
(D85) Grunfeld, 58 moves, 1-0

Bacrot vs R Edouard, 2011 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

J Horvath vs I R Ibragimov, 1993
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 34 moves, 0-1

Mamedyarov vs H S Gretarsson, 2015 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

T Regedzinski vs Rubinstein, 1917 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

--> Hanging pawns
T Siemer vs N Miezis, 2012
(A56) Benoni Defense, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Miezis vs A Lombard, 2013
(B10) Caro-Kann, 42 moves, 1-0

N Miezis vs P Mertens, 2008
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1-0

N Miezis vs Dgebuadze, 2007 
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

N Miezis vs S Ristevski, 2006
(C01) French, Exchange, 18 moves, 1-0

late IQP
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1-0

S Arndt vs M Wilde, 1987 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 40 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1928 
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Tarrasch, 1906 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Piket vs P Van der Sterren, 1993
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Wacker vs E Vorobiov, 2013 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 37 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Geller, 1956 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Hort, 1976 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Y Nikolaevsky, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Timman, 1981 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 30 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006  
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Nikolic vs K Hulak, 1987
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs K Richter, 1942 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 46 moves, 1-0

Miles vs P Clarke, 1976 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2015 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

M Luckis vs V Kahn, 1939
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 40 moves, 1-0

S Kose vs Naiditsch, 2004 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 33 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Lautier, 1994
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs A Batuev, 1930 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

A Xanthopoulos vs G Kanakaris, 2001
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 31 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Euwe, 1960
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Joffe vs J Boey, 1956
(A56) Benoni Defense, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Wei Yi vs D Wagner, 2016 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Aronian vs L Dominguez, 2010 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 161 moves, 1-0

A Zaitsev vs Unzicker, 1965
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 76 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs A Korobov, 2013 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Bagirov, 1967 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 57 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs D H Campora, 1983 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Tal vs J Flesch, 1981 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

Harikrishna vs Aronian, 2016 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Najdorf, 1951 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 0-1

Najdorf vs Fine, 1951 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

V Jensen vs E Mortensen, 1981
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 59 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs A Khasin, 1962
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 55 moves, 1-0

A Batuev vs V G Kirillov, 1947
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

crash dive
M Drummond vs R J Dive, 2006 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1-0

W D Taylor vs J Neumann, 2006
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

D Rogozenco vs J Grimm, 2016
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Reshevsky, 1936 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1983 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 1-0

Smagin vs N N Monin, 1986 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

blitz
Aronian vs W So, 2016
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Howell vs T Ringoir, 2008
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 20 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Dolmatov, 1977 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Movsesian vs I Sokolov, 2000
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 64 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs R Edouard, 2017
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Baramidze vs R Edouard, 2016
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Zumsande vs V S Gujrathi, 2017 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 32 moves, 0-1

A R Saleh Salem vs Carlsen, 2017 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 62 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Karpov, 2006 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Moiseenko vs Kharlov, 2006
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Suba vs I Farago, 1976 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

A Braun vs T Petrik, 2006
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Saemisch vs Tartakower, 1925
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Vistaneckis vs Flohr, 1954 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 1-0

Musaiev vs M Karmov, 1979  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 28 moves, 0-1

G Fluss vs Reti, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 0-1

Gelle
Geller vs Suetin, 1981 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 20 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs F Hoelzl, 1929 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

S Sjugirov vs Yinglun Xu, 2019
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Plachetka vs J Bellin, 1964 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 20 moves, 1-0

E Kahn vs E N Cooke, 1999
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 60 moves, 0-1

D Paravyan vs S Golubov, 2018 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs A Zaitsev, 1968 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 15 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Schlechter, 1905 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tolush vs Ragozin, 1953 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1-0

gift from God
J Sarfati vs L McLaren, 1985 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 60 moves, 1-0

B Adhiban vs L Wu, 2019 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Mame
Mamedyarov vs Kharlov, 2006 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

Old brooms sweep well
Smyslov vs Karpov, 1971 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Who Keres
Keres vs Geller, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

20.Nxf7
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Botte's lecture
Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr., 1933 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Radjabov vs Topalov, 2007 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pd5
Grischuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Ivanchuk, 1988 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

H Szapiel vs Keres, 1950 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs A Selezniev, 1920 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 70 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Levenfish vs V Mikenas, 1940
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 0-1

short-lived
Kamsky vs Short, 1994 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

A Khasin vs Tolush, 1957 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 69 moves, 0-1

Salov
Salov vs Timman, 1994 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Salov vs Timman, 1994 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Ziewitz vs M Umansky, 1989
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

G Fish vs U Wolf, 2014 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Mecking vs Huebner, 1970
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lagno vs A Kashlinskaya, 2015 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

D Boros vs G Meier, 2012
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Roberts vs Arkell, 2013
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 64 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Salov, 1996
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

Suba vs Ribli, 1982 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

IQP - d4-d5 break
Kasparov vs Psakhis, 1990 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 36 moves, 1-0

V Selimanov vs M Gerusel, 1957
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 40 moves, 0-1

M Gurevich vs Ulf Andersson, 1987 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 113 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 124 moves, 1/2-1/2

Onischuk vs N Vekshenkov, 2004 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 57 moves, 1-0

Arthur
Yusupov vs Ivanchuk, 1991 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

early d5-d4
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

crushed center
B Thorfinnsson vs A Kveinys, 2010
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 24 moves, 0-1

L Lengyel vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Furman, 1975
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 59 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Leko, 2013 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 26 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Karpov, 1975 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gata
Kamsky vs K Miton, 2007 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 43 moves, 1-0

Them Gatam
Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 65 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 45 moves, 0-1

Baburin 1
Topalov vs E J Gausel, 1994 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 65 moves, 1-0

Auflösung
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

Schnellauflösung mit Bauerngewinn
Kamsky vs Karpov, 1994 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 58 moves, 1-0

T Hillarp Persson vs Speelman, 1996
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

--> hp
S M Shyam vs F Bindrich, 2009 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 40 moves, 0-1

--> hp
Portisch vs Karpov, 1978 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 40 moves, 0-1

Methodic powerplay against backward Pc3
Taimanov vs Karpov, 1973 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 39 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Karpov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Mladenov vs Z Medvegy, 2013 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 24 moves, 1-0

M Devereaux vs F Berkes, 2014
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 107 moves, 0-1

--> hngng pwns
Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sveshnikov vs Tal, 1984
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 41 moves, 1-0

A Danin vs A Lastin, 2010
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 42 moves, 0-1

Hebden vs Arkell, 1995
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 45 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Kramnik, 2013 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Garcia Martinez vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1975
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 25 moves, 1-0

P Lukacs vs J Flesch, 1975 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 26 moves, 1-0

P Makoli vs F Doettling, 2007 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 36 moves, 0-1

Panov Attack
I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 48 moves, 1-0

S Agdestein vs K Lie, 2017
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

17.d5!
Gligoric vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 30 moves, 1-0

Acs vs R Szuhanek, 1999 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 26 moves, 1-0

IQP tactics
Gligoric vs C W Pritchett, 1967 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Blitzauflösung des IQP
Portisch vs Karpov, 1972 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Miguel lectures (provoke weakenings 2get an attack)
Najdorf vs Kotov, 1957 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs Korchnoi, 1970 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

--> NB= --> N
T Prokhorovich vs Kholmov, 1957 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 56 moves, 0-1

Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Petrosian fighting vs IQP
Szabo vs Petrosian, 1968 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 36 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Huebner, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

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