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Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (B00)
1 e4

Number of games in database: 3952
Years covered: 1619 to 2018
Overall record:
   White wins 44.8%
   Black wins 34.0%
   Draws 21.2%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Dusko Pavasovic  11 games
Milan Matulovic  8 games
Mark Hebden  8 games
Anthony Miles  98 games
Branko Filipovic  60 games
Michael John Basman  45 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Greco vs NN, 1619
K Spraggett vs F South, 1976
Burn vs Owen, 1898
Karpov vs Miles, 1980
L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1920
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 page 1 of 159; games 1-25 of 3,952  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Greco vs NN 1-081619RomeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. Greco vs NN 1-081620EuropeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. Greco vs NN 1-0171620Miscellaneous GameB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. J J Rousseau vs D Hume 1-0151765CasualB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. J Withers vs E Williams 0-1331846BristolB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-1161848LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-0251850CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. Cochrane vs Mohishunder 1-0341850CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. K de Heer vs H Kloos  1-0581851AmsterdamB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. M M Coopman vs M van 't Kruijs 0-1521851AmsterdamB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. E Williams vs Horwitz  ½-½431852London m3B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. Loewenthal vs H Kennedy 0-1371853LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-0241854CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-0301854CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  0-1481854CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0221855CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. Staunton vs NN  1-0201856London simB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-0381856CalcuttaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. D Sherborne vs D Wake 0-161857CasualB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. T Lichtenhein vs F Perrin 1-03018571st American Chess CongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. S Boden vs Owen  1-0301858London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. Morphy vs Owen 1-0351858London m2B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. S Boden vs Owen 1-0391858London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. Morphy vs Owen 0-1461858London m2B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. Morphy vs T W Barnes 0-1501858London m1B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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Dec-04-04  Pawsome: <An Englishman> If you haven't seen it already, Geoff Lawton's "Its Only Me," a recent biography of Tony Miles, contains number of Miles' outings with the Nimzowitsch annotated by the man himself. An essay in the appendix of the work suggests that Miles "dabbled in" the Nimozwitsch, but the number of games in this database suggests his use of 1 ... Nc6 was more than a passing fancy.
Dec-23-04  EnglishOpeningc4: Is 1 e4 f6 2 d4 e6 refuted? I know it is bad, but is it refuted?
Jan-14-05  drukenknight: First a laugher than a homwork problem. Using Pawsome's advice from Nov 20; I played the Faux Gambit to the Owen Defense:

1. e4 b6
2. Nf3 Bb7
3. Bc4 Bxe4
4. Bxf7+ Kxf7
5. Ng5+ Ke8
6. Nxe4 d5
7. Qh5+ g6
8. Qe5 Nf6??
9. NxN! 1-0

After I stopped laughing a sobering thought hit me, what if he had played 8...pxN; is it really a won game?

Some homework for you Owen defense specialists. WHat do YOU think?

Jan-17-05  InspiredByMorphy: <drukenknight> Although I dont have a board here to analyze 8. ...PxN I do believe this line is very good as white, and I thank you for showing it to me. Ive played 3.Nc3 Bxe4 4.Bd3 before where white has 3 developed pieces to blacks 1, but 3.Bc4 Bxe4 4.Bxf7+ is much better.
Jan-18-05  drukenknight: IBM: thanks, and we really must give credit to pawsome for taking an interesting idea and really sharpening it up. The reason I pose the question as I did (does sacking the exchange save the game?) is because....well, my gut feeling is if sacking the exchange does not save the game then 3...Bxe4?? loses the game. Is that possible?

The reasoning is intuitive and so it is open to debunking but here is my reasoning it has to do w/ endgames of B vs B of opposite color endgames. I learneed that they dont behave in the normal way; when you are down a couple of pawns attacking the K does nothing, you must reposition the B in order to improve positional value. Or as Dvoretsky says "often small positional differences are of more importance than material."

When black plays ...Bxe4 he grabs material however he will lose both tempo and position, or so it seems. His K cannot castle and white is ahead in development.

Time and position, we see these factors over and over in B endgames, we have seen several of them in the past week. If black tries to rectify the situation by like 6...Nf6 it gets worse due to the Qh5+.

Therefore it seems the only way for black to save this is to give up material and use this in order to rectify the time/positional problems.

ANd if giving up material does not work, there is no other way, hence 3...Bxe4?? loses....

But I dunnno, just a guess.

Apr-26-05  Chris00nj: I actually had someone play St. George's Defense (1. e4 a6) against me this past weekend. I unintendendly disheartened him when I exclaimed, "St. George's Defense, are you serious?" (it was in the club so I knew the guy)

Knowing the name seemed to take away his "surprise" factor but I can't say I knew any lines, just remember that Tony Miles beat Karpov with it (Karpov vs Miles, 1980)

I played 1. e4 a6 2. d4 b5 3. c4 bxc4 4. Bxc4 hoping for Bb7 but he played 4... e6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. Qb3 Qc8.

I think white's game is really easy.
Black's queen is out of place (while losing a tempo)

Apr-26-05  aw1988: Yes, 3. c4 is what most players try, I find.
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  Benzol: 1.e4 g5 - The Borg Defence.

"Borg, sounds Swedish".

"You will all become one with the Borg".

May-09-05  FHBradley: <Benzol: 1.e4 g5 - The Borg Defence. "Borg, sounds Swedish".
"You will all become one with the Borg".>

I guess "Borg" derives from "Grob" (1. g4). Is that correct?

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  Eric Schiller: <FHBradley> Yes, Borg is just Grob backwards, but it fits nicely with the Star Trek villans, so the name is a nice one. Of course, those of us who are ancient, and tennis fans, are reminded of the Swedish ace, but I doubt he'd want to be associated with such an opening!
Jun-01-05  cuendillar: Possibly shortest corr. game ever: 1.e4 b6 2.Ba6!! Bb7 3.Bxb7 1-0 The secret behind it? Black wrote 1...b6 2.[any] Bb7 on his postcard!
Jun-11-05  aw1988: So what exactly are "Uncommon" responses? 1...a6 1...b6 1...g5 1...h6 1...a5 1...h5 are the only ones I can think of. And perhaps 1...Nh6.
Jun-11-05  aw1988: 1...Na6
Jun-11-05  get Reti: 1...f6 and 1...f5
Jun-11-05  Rocafella: Why is this called UNCOMMON. It's the most widely used first move in chess isn't it :o|
Jun-11-05  Montreal1666: <Rocafella:> UNCOMMON does not reffer to 1)e4, but what follows. B00 is a collection of games that start with 1)e4 but do not belong to any of the well-known opening categories.
Jun-11-05  Rocafella: <Montreal1666> *Slaps head and says duh* I should have guessed. I'm so stupid. Forgive me!
Jun-11-05  Montreal1666: It is not all that clear. Don't worry
we are here to learn and have fun.
Jun-11-05  Rocafella: <Montreal1666> I am here to make a fool of myself. Any comments on how I am doing at the moment would be appreciated! :=)
Jul-29-05  aw1988: This should probably be clarified. "Uncommon King's Pawn Opening 1. e4"... well, if 1. e4 is uncommon, then I'm a mule's sister.
Jul-29-05  mymt: dont be an ass its not e4 e4 e4 but da reply to e4 e4 e4
Jul-29-05  aw1988: Watch it. I know full well it's the response to e4, you don't have to be nasty about it.
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  Robin01: <aw1988> It might have been a pun on the mule as opposed to a nasty response.
Jul-29-05  aw1988: Oh. I'm a dolt.
Jul-29-05  mymt: you have to say it out loud
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