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Unorthodox Games; Unusual Names [ECO=A,D,E]
Compiled by GumboGambit
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Games featuring rare openings/variations with unusual names. Not included are the basic uncommon first moves (Ware Opening, St. George Defense, etc.)

Due to limitations, this Collection Covers non-King's Pawn Openings. There is another Collection that covers KP Openings:

<Game Collection: Unorthodox Games; Unusual Names (ECO=B,C)>

<Unorthodox Games; Unusual Names ECO=B,C>

Myers Defense
N McInnes vs B de Cat, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Myers Attack
A Moskvitch vs L Day, 1996 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

Twyble Attack
M Twyble vs J N Sugden, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 16 moves, 1-0

Novosibirsk Variation
Morozevich vs Kasparov, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Kluver Gambit
K de Smet vs T Plath, 1989 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Tuebingen Gambit
Anders vs Samendankas, 1988 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Napoleon Attack
D Santoro vs F Roman, 1987 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Battambang Variation
S Matic vs N Osap, 2008 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Creepy Crawly Formation: Classical Defense
G Welling vs F Obers, 1992 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

Gent Gambit
G Welling vs T Peleman, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Bugayev Attack
G Welling vs P Buys, 1980 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Schiffler-Sokolsky Variation
G Welling vs F Krudde, 1993 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Grigorian Variation
I Frosinos vs E Kritsiligou, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Outflank Variation
Brichinova vs Alexandrova, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 6 moves, 0-1

Meadow Hay Trap
A Smirnov vs V Shepelev, 2005 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Hammerschlag
S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Walkerling
H Walkerling vs Nagy, 1930 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Reversed Rat
A Natri vs H Kallio, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 63 moves, 0-1

Buecker Gambit
Larsen vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Reversed Norwegian Defense
R Rapport vs Gleizerov, 2015 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 52 moves, 1-0

Hippopotamus
Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi, 2018 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Norfolk Gambit 2
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Spike Variation
B Wall vs B Blakmoor, 2004 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

Hobbs Gambit
S Buecker vs T Vogler, 1997 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Double Duck Formation
E Williams vs A Henderson, 1845 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Wagner-Zwitersch Gambit
Hromadka vs K Havasi, 1936 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Batavo-Polish Attack
Larsen vs M Raizman, 1958 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Mujannah Opening
Quabeck vs P Heuaecker, 1936 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

All Knight Openings
R Hendriks vs J Cebula, 2013 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Black Mustang Defense
Panno vs A Planinc, 1973 
(A04) Reti Opening, 55 moves, 0-1

Arctic Defense
R Westwood vs M Surtees, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

The Potato
E Karahaliou vs E Georgopoulou, 1997 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Reversed Mexican Defense
L Mikhaletz vs A Moiseenko, 2001 
(A06) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

Santasiere's Folly
Santasiere vs S E Almgren, 1942 
(A06) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

Reversed Blumenfeld Gambit
Pirc vs B Kostic, 1936 
(A09) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Porcupine Variation
J M Bellon Lopez vs A J Walton, 2008 
(A10) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Great Snake Variation
E Nikolic vs Fischer, 1968 
(A10) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Halibut Gambit
F Catheley vs M Hadzikaric, 1995 
(A10) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Wimpy System
Korchnoi vs Kramnik, 1996 
(A13) English, 42 moves, 0-1

Anti-Anti Grunfeld
D Khismatullin vs S Vokarev, 2012 
(A17) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Zviagintsev-Krasenkov Attack
Krasenkow vs G Garcia, 1997 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 30 moves, 1-0

Drill Variation
R Soffer vs D Belousov, 2012 
(A20) English, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mazedonisch
Keres vs P F Schmidt, 1936 
(A25) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Prickly Pawn Pass System
E Zude vs Dusan Popovic, 2012 
(A26) English, 33 moves, 0-1

De Bruycker Defense
Gufeld vs Miles, 1996 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Mosquito Gambit
Miles vs Huebner, 1985 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 5 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beefeater Variation
Seneca L Nowland vs M Pinto, 2001 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Montevideo Defense
J C Sadorra vs J Gonzales, 2009 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Randspringer Variation
K Rogoff vs C van Wijgerden, 1980 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hawk Variation
V Tukmakov vs M Trauth, 1994 
(A43) Old Benoni, 35 moves, 1-0

Woozle
A Rosenkilde vs D Cramling, 2009 
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 0-1

Snail Variation
Karosz vs C Jaffe, 1936 
(A43) Old Benoni, 8 moves, 1-0

Clarendon Court Variation
E Perelshteyn vs Shabalov, 2007 
(A43) Old Benoni, 71 moves, 0-1

Paleface Attack
Joel Benjamin vs Fedorowicz, 1993 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lazard Gambit
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

Maddigan Gambit
A Roesch vs R Reinhard, 1990 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 1-0

Raptor Variation
J M Hodgson vs Adams, 1993 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Gibbins-Wiedenhagen Gambit. Maltese Falcon
H Bogart vs NN, 1933 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Pawn Push Variation
M Muslimovic vs F Bistric, 2003 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 0-1

Omega Gambit
T Liket vs M Frank, 1932 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Canard Formation
E F Pecci vs Fritz, 2001 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Pyrenees Gambit
Kasparov vs W Cotrina, 1993 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Kudischewitsch Gambit
P Byway vs I Rogers, 1992 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

Horsefly Gambit
E Tate vs G Orlov, 1995 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Vulture Defense
A Foulds vs B de Cat, 2001 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

Hjoerring Countergambit
T Wyss vs S Nikolaev, 1990 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Nescafe Frappe Attack
Z Pakleza vs T Nyback, 2001 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Central Storming Variation
M Mancini vs C Philippe, 2001 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 54 moves, 1-0

King Walk Variation
Quinteros vs S Giardelli, 1995 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 38 moves, 1-0

Snake Variation
D Lam vs M Seps, 2012 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

Kingfisher Gambit
Keene vs R G Eales, 1968 
(A80) Dutch, 43 moves, 1-0

Blackmar's Second Gambit
V Mikenas vs Kotov, 1949 
(A80) Dutch, 42 moves, 1-0

American Attack
Bisguier vs Bronstein, 1955 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

Malich Gambit
Hebden vs V Milov, 1995 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Irish Gambit
Jobava vs C Lupulescu, 2016 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Langheinecke Defense
S Gramlich vs Movsesian, 2005 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Lemberger Countergambit. Sneiders Attack
Kunath vs Grava, 1866 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Lamb Defense
E J Diemer vs F Lamb, 1947 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

Weinsbach Declination
E J Diemer vs K Richter, 1958 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Brombacher Countergambit
Mikkel Jorgensen vs A Paaske, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

Amazon Attack; Siberian Attack
V Kaurdakov vs N Nebylitsin, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Chandler Gambit
Z Kozul vs Lputian, 1985 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Haberditz Variation
Zubov vs A Demkovich, 2003 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Gusev Countergambit
Samy Rubinstein vs Rubinstein, 1948 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

Lasker Trap
Blumenfeld / Boyarkow / Falk vs Lasker, 1899 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 0-1

Bonet Gambit
K Scheunemann vs Ivo Nenntwich, 1999 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Fazekas Gambit
A Tanguay vs G Gaudet, 1936 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Prianishenmo Gambit
Miles vs A Wright, 1990 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Forgotten Variation
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Mikhalchisin Line
Mikhalchishin vs Pavasovic, 1999  
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Been-Koomen Variation
D Byrne vs Bisguier, 1963 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

Primitive Pillsbury Variation
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1904 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Gibbon Gambit
A Lloyd vs B Walsh, 1981 
(D80) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1-0

Simagin's Improved Variation
D Rovner vs Simagin, 1951 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

Kangaroo Defense
Timman vs K Spraggett, 1985 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Haiti Variation
Gaviota vs JabbaChess, 2010 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 72 moves, 1-0

New England Variation
B Brujic vs B Stanojevic, 2001 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Monticelli Trap
M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Shocron Gambit
Zhao Xue vs Pelletier, 2013 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

Counterthrust Variation
W Kuppe vs H Heinicke, 1949 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

Fluid Attack
Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 
(E78) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3, 33 moves, 1-0

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