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Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack (B55)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 f3 e5 6 Bb5+

Number of games in database: 137
Years covered: 1937 to 2016
Overall record:
   White wins 34.3%
   Black wins 38.0%
   Draws 27.7%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Alberto Foguelman  6 games
Valeri Yandemirov  5 games
Heikki Westerinen  4 games
 
 
 
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
D Andric vs L Santolini, 1981
Alekhine vs Rellstab, 1943
Keres vs Foltys, 1942
Rodolfo Cardoso vs Fischer, 1957
Tartakower vs Najdorf, 1950
B Reichstein vs K Gulamali, 2010
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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 137  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Erik Andersen vs Najdorf 0-143 1937 JurataB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
2. L Shamaev vs Kotov  1-047 1938 Trade UnionsB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
3. L Shamaev vs Chekhover 1-073 1938 Trade UnionsB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
4. Keres vs L Blumenoff 1-033 1938 Tallinn, Est team chB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
5. F Apsenieks vs Koblents  ½-½22 1939 KemeriB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
6. E E Book vs Z Solmanis  1-023 1939 KemeriB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
7. I Pleci vs Ekenberg  0-137 1939 Buenos Aires ol (Men) f-AB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
8. J van den Bosch vs S Landau  1-050 1940 DelftB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
9. Alekhine / Frank vs Bogoljubov / Stolzyk 1-035 1941 Consultation gameB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
10. L Levy vs Denker 0-112 1942 USA ChB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
11. Keres vs Foltys 1-033 1942 MunichB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
12. Alekhine vs Rellstab  1-035 1943 SalzburgB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
13. E E Book vs E R Lundin  ½-½27 1946 Radio FIN-SWEB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
14. C J Corte vs A Maccioni  1-035 1946 Mar del Plata ARGB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
15. C J Corte vs R Garcia Vera  1-057 1946 Mar del Plata ARGB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
16. E Reinhardt vs J Traian Iliesco  ½-½40 1946 Mar del Plata ARGB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
17. H Rossetto vs C Hounie Fleurquin  1-038 1947 Mar del Plata ARGB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
18. Blau vs A Tsvetkov 1-034 1947 ZonalB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
19. W Sahlmann vs Niephaus  0-151 1948 Essen West German chB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
20. J Mayer vs E Nash  0-145 1948 49th US OpenB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
21. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer  0-126 1949 Schlechter memB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
22. E Paoli vs Opocensky  0-164 1949 Schlechter memB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
23. Prins vs Ujtelky  ½-½48 1949 Trencianske TepliceB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
24. D Horne vs O Barda  1-061 1949 Hastings 4950B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
25. Korchnoi vs I Pogrebissky  ½-½43 1950 TulaB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-30-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: Nobody ever kibitzed?

6... Bd7 is the usualy responce. I don't see many people play the move f3.

Dec-11-04  flandes: I encourage everyone interested in this opening to note the fact, that white has an incredible advantage in this opening as the results have shown that white wins in a majority of the games
Dec-11-04  Milo: Flandes:
White wins 40.4%
Black wins 38.3%
Draws 21.3%

???

Dec-11-04  euripides: A good club player once played 5 Qf3 against me. To my knowledge it's unique in chess history.
Dec-11-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <euripides> Interesting move indeed, cannot find one single master game with it. What was your result when this was played agaisnt you?
Dec-11-04  PinkPanther: Although it wasn't the Venice Attack, McShane played the Prins Variation against Ponomariov this year at Biel, 1-0.
Dec-11-04  euripides: <Joschka> He got a nice position and lost.
Sep-06-05  monopole2313: I've also seen Qf3 played, but only after Black castles K-side.
Jun-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  KingG: Someone played this against me online today. It was the first time i remember encountering it, and i had no idea that it was a proper opening.

As far as i can see, Black plays a quick ...d5 and has a comfortable game, or am i missing something?

Nov-21-06  ongyj: <euripides> Could you post that game with 5.Qf3!? Also, I'll like to seek opinion on the idea of 5.f3. It's because White doesn't want to play 5.Nc3 which hinders queenside development(assuming he castles short), I mean White doesn't want the c3Knight to block his own c pawn right? Maybe, also because White doesn't want to tie a piece to defend a pawn. Defending a pawn with a pawn sounds more logical in certain cases. Of course, alternative 5.Bd3 isn't very popular as well. Thanks for clarifications.
Apr-05-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: i agree with KingG about the quick ...d5 taking all the fun out of it for White. i was going to try it, but then played over a couple of games and it looks a lot "easier" for Black. when trying 5.f3 over the board i got a lot of 5. ...g6 which allows you to transpose to the Yugoslav of the Dragon which is good enough, but it also allows you to play a Maroczy Bind with 6.c4 where Black is stuck playing ...d6 in one move.
Feb-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘f3 e5 6.♗b5+


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Nov-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Andres Rodriguez Vila has a few games as White playing this opening.
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