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Robatsch (B06)
1 e4 g6

Number of games in database: 10703
Years covered: 1820 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 39.6%
   Black wins 33.1%
   Draws 27.3%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Michael Adams  37 games
Dragoljub Velimirovic  34 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  33 games
Raymond Keene  110 games
Zurab Azmaiparashvili  100 games
Maximilian Ujtelky  93 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999
Tal vs Simagin, 1956
Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964
E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1975
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 page 1 of 429; games 1-25 of 10,703 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Strickland vs The Turk 0-138 1820 London ExhibitionB06 Robatsch
2. Cochrane vs Saint Amant 0-114 1842 London m3B06 Robatsch
3. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-049 1850 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
4. Cochrane vs Mohishunder  1-040 1853 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
5. Falkbeer vs Bird 1-034 1856 LondonB06 Robatsch
6. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-040 1856 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
7. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-045 1856 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
8. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-134 1856 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
9. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-042 1856 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
10. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-026 1857 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
11. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-028 1857 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
12. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-026 1857 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
13. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-058 1858 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
14. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-040 1858 CalcuttaB06 Robatsch
15. F Burden vs F Deacon 0-165 1860 LondonB06 Robatsch
16. Kolisch vs T W Barnes 1-033 1861 LondonB06 Robatsch
17. Anderssen vs Mongredien  1-044 1862 LondonB06 Robatsch
18. Owen vs Mongredien  ½-½42 1862 LondonB06 Robatsch
19. Paulsen vs Mongredien  1-063 1862 LondonB06 Robatsch
20. J Robey vs Mongredien 0-130 1862 LondonB06 Robatsch
21. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-048 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63B06 Robatsch
22. Mackenzie vs G Medley 1-031 1862 LondonB06 Robatsch
23. Steinitz vs G Walker  1-039 1862 LondonB06 Robatsch
24. Steinitz vs Mongredien 1-022 1863 London (England)B06 Robatsch
25. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-036 1863 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63B06 Robatsch
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Apr-24-10
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  keypusher: I have to say, though, 3.Nc3 against the Robatch seems like playing into Black's hands. I would expect you'd see 3.c4 or 3.c3 a lot.
Apr-24-10
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  refutor: if 3.c4, then i reply 3. ...Nf6! and get a KID :)
Apr-25-10
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  keypusher: <refutor> which should make White happy if the database statistics are anything to go by. But i suppose many people who play 1.e4 don't know how to play it.
Apr-25-10
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  refutor: i trust kingside attacks more than database statistics :) realistically, the robatsch is second or third on my "depth chart" v. 1.e4 and the KID is at the top of my 1.d4 openings, so if they are willing to transpose so am i.
Apr-30-10
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  parisattack: <refutor: if 3.c4, then i reply 3. ...Nf6! and get a KID :)>

A popular solution. I don't care at all for the KID, so I take my chances with the Averbakh. But, yes, c4 makes life a bit tougher for the Robatsch player.

May-08-10  A Karpov Fan: This opening is garbage. So why do I keep losing to it? lol
May-20-10  Archswindler: <A Karpov Fan: This opening is garbage. So why do I keep losing to it?>

And why do I keep winning with it?

Nov-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Speaking of the Robatsch (Opening of the Day) - has anyone seen the new book on it, The Sniper?

It was supposed to have been released by now, but no sign of it...

I note the Robatsch continues to get good results per the CG.com database -acknowledging that often it is a strong black playing a weaker white and some of them are in fact a Pirc.

Dec-17-11  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Robatsch
1.e4 g6


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I know this as the modern defense.

Dec-29-11  muwatalli: I am looking for some sacrificial/attacking players who play the pirc and/or robatsch defense to study their games, or perhaps just players with low draw percentage?
Jun-27-12  pajaste: I was going to repeat the question of the difference Pirc/Robatsch/Modern, but won't. Instead I'll call it Robatsch if white loses, Pirc if it's a draw and modern defence if white wins.
Jun-27-12
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  parisattack: The Robatsch continues to fair well in the CG database with the Fast Tiger/Sniper and Hippo variations getting most of the action.
Dec-02-12
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  parisattack: Updating the Robatsch Book List:

Tiger’s Modern – Persson

Modern Defence – Speelman/McDonald

The Hippopotamus Rises – Martin

Black to Play and Win with 1. …g6 by Soltis

Winning with the Modern by Norwood

The Modern Defence by Hort

The Modern Defense by Smith/Hall

The Modern Defence by Keene/Botterill

The Modern Defense by Chess Digest

The North Sea Variation by Bickford

Averbakh system by Thomas

Modern Defense Averbakh Lines by Schiller

New Ideas in the Rat by Schiller

Die Robatsch Verteidigung by Warzecha

Die Eidechse 1. …g6 und gewinnt, 3 volumes.

The Sniper - Henley

Crushing White: The Sniper I - Henley

Fly the Pterodactyl - Schiller

The Modern Defense: Move by Move - Lakdawala

Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old Hippo - Gifford

Konigs-Fianchetto - Schwarz

Hippopotamus - Thompson

Others?

Dec-02-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <parisattack> How is the Soltis book? I know he is notoriously hit-and-miss as an author.
Dec-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Its actually not too bad a little book <Shams>. Certainly a couple notches above those awful 24-pagers he wrote for the same publisher - Ken Smith/Chess Digest.

128 pages, three sections: A) How to play against 1. e4 player, B) How to play against 1. d4 player and C) Odds-Ends. He recommends flavors of the Gurgenidze ('3 ...c6!') against 1. e4 which has always been my favorite. Against 1. d4 -> c4 he covers the Averbakh, 4. ...Nc6. Final sections some interesting odds-ends.

Dec-03-12  jackpawn: <parisattack> Rather amazingly I was looking at the Soltis book just a few hours ago. I had it for years, but only recently began looking at it seriously.

I agree with your assessment, it isn't a bad book.

Dec-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <parisattack> Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for the book. I've been playing Tiger's early ...a6 instead of the Gurgenidze, but that could change anytime.
Dec-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: The Hippo and the Tiger seem most popular these days. The old Robatsch with ...d6, ...c6 and either ...b5 or the Poison Pawn ...Qb6 still has some life.
Dec-06-12  jackpawn: <parisattack> I've been a French player most of my life, but recently I've been looking at 1 . . g6. Been playing speed games with it against various computers. I find I generally get a favorable early middlegame, but then often let the position spin out of control. How long did it take before you got a feel for typical modern opening positions?
Dec-07-12
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  parisattack: < jackpawn: <parisattack> I've been a French player most of my life, but recently I've been looking at 1 . . g6. Been playing speed games with it against various computers. I find I generally get a favorable early middlegame, but then often let the position spin out of control. How long did it take before you got a feel for typical modern opening positions?>

I've always wanted to like the French - but have just never been able to get a feel for it.

Timing is the key in the Robatsch, seems to me. Especially in a variation such as the Hippo. White has space a long time so it is easy to try to get too much, too soon.

I played it several months before settling on the Gurgenidze variation - and forty years later I am still working with it. I recently pulled all the articles on it from Shakmatnyi Byulletin and studying those. But objectively I think the Tiger is the most easy to get comfortable in a short time. Lots of good games with it in the CG.com database - and of course Persson's book. Play over the White wins first - then if your stomach can still handle it, play over the Black wins. :)

Dec-09-12  jackpawn: <parisattack> Thanks for your input. I tend to agree with your thoughts. One problem I seem to be having is I'm very aware of certain themes and positional 'posts' in the French, but the Modern is much more fluid. It's a big change from typical French positions. I'm gradually becoming more comfortable, especially with the Tiger . . .
Dec-09-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <jackpawn> I would enjoy seeing some of your games as/if you choose to post them.

Gurg most like the French I think - at least Nimzo style with blocked center, restraint on the kingside, play on the queenside.

Dec-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wwall: Pirc and Modern Defense [B02-05] - Davies & Martin

Developments in the Pirc and Modern Systems, 1984-87 by Davies

Dangerous Weapons - the Pirc and the Modern - Palliser, McNab, and Vigus

Beating the Pirc/Modern with the Fianchetto Variation - Soltis

500 Pirc Miniatures - Wall ( I included the Robatsch)

Dec-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Grazie! I've never seen the 'Pirc' 500 and thought I had them all. :(
Nov-20-13  pajaste: Stockfish - Houdini (TCEC round4, 2013)
1.e4 g6 2.d4 c6 ... 1-0 final position:


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