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King's Pawn Game (C44)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6

Number of games in database: 3019
Years covered: 1818 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 44.3%
   Black wins 33.4%
   Draws 22.3%

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Dragoljub Velimirovic  61 games
Showalter  22 games
Howard Staunton  22 games
Adolf Anderssen  25 games
Howard Staunton  21 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  18 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820
Falkbeer vs NN, 1847
Morphy vs Hart, 1854
A Meek vs Morphy, 1855
Reiner vs Steinitz, 1860
C H Capon vs J O H Taylor, 1873
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 page 1 of 121; games 1-25 of 3,019  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J H Sarratt vs NN 1-09 1818 CasualC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand 1-018 1820 St. HelenaC44 King's Pawn Game
3. J Brand vs J F Mouret 0-129 1820 CasualC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Cochrane vs A Deschapelles 1-031 1821 casualC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Edinburgh vs London Chess Club ½-½99 1824 Correspondence matchC44 King's Pawn Game
6. Edinburgh vs London Chess Club 1-060 1824 Correspondence matchC44 King's Pawn Game
7. London Chess Club vs Edinburgh 0-152 1824 Correspondence matchC44 King's Pawn Game
8. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell ½-½58 1834 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
9. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell ½-½55 1834 London MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
10. La Bourdonnais vs F Haxo 1-025 1837 Blindfold ExhibitionC44 King's Pawn Game
11. Valenciennes vs Douai City 0-151 1837 City MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
12. Bledow vs Von Der Lasa 1-037 1837 Berlin m2C44 King's Pawn Game
13. Von Der Lasa vs Bledow ½-½40 1837 Berlin m2C44 King's Pawn Game
14. P Bilguer vs Von Der Lasa 1-025 1838 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
15. Bledow vs Von Der Lasa 1-033 1838 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
16. P Bilguer vs Von Der Lasa 1-024 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
17. P Bilguer vs Von Der Lasa 1-050 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa 1-023 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
19. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet  1-036 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
20. Bledow vs K Schorn 1-021 1839 UnknownC44 King's Pawn Game
21. P Bilguer vs K Schorn 1-020 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
22. Staunton vs W M Popert 1-019 1840 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
23. P Bilguer vs Huber Schulze  1-022 1840 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
24. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-039 1841 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
25. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  ½-½52 1841 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
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Mar-11-07  get Reti: I've had good success against jester with 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Qc2. It's been played 101 times on chessbase. I like it because it protects the e4 pawn, so you now have two advaced pawns instead of one.
Jun-13-07  WarmasterKron: Here's an idea I had today for the Scotch Gambit, of which I have found no information regarding.

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.d4 exd4
4.Bc4 f5!?

I suppose the idea is that after 5.exf5, Black can play 5...d5 and 6...Bxf5, which seems ok.

Jun-13-07  sneaky pete: <WarmasterKron> Very original and probably new, but is it good? I like white's game after 5.exf5 d5 6.Bd3 Bxf5 7.Bxf5 .. but the real test is 5.e5 .. when black has only compromised his king's side and impeded his queen's bishop. After 5.e5 d5 both 6.exd6 Bx6 7.0-0 .. and 6.Bb5 .. look promising.
Jun-13-07  WarmasterKron: Is it good? I've no idea! I've yet to put it to a proper practical test; it's very much in the early stages.

Bxf5 is an obvious blunder after 6.Bd3, so it's probably better for Black use the gain of time on the bishop to develop.

I suspect you're right that 5.e5 is the greatest test, so some work on that is needed.

Jul-27-07  valuim97: I think that an good opening would be the Taylor's(the name I found at Chessmaster). 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗e2!? That would be an improvement at 3.d3, because of 3...d5. One line: 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗e2 ♘f3 4.d3 d5 5.♘bd2 ♗c5 6.00 00.
Jul-28-07  valuim97: I found other name(the one you found at Wikipedia) Inverted Hungarian Defense
Nov-08-07  Robert James: Hello,

About ponziani, i played this game recently. It was a 15min game and i was black. Im quite a patzer and i thought if one of you could check it out and maybe give some comments. I think i was defending the whole game, but luckily my opponent ran out of time. How could black play for attack and initiative? I dont like my play, its too passive, but i always end up playing like this. Thanks.

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3 Nf6
4. d3 d6
5. Be2 Be7
6. 0-0 Bg4
7. Be3 Bxf3
8. Bxf3 0-0
9. Nd2 b6
10. d4 Nb8
11. dxe5 dxe5
12. Nc4 Nbd7
13. a4 c5
14. Bg5 h6
15. Bxf6 Bxf6
16. Nd6 a5
17. Bg4 Qe7
18. Nb5 Nb8
19. Qd5 Ra6
20. Rad1 Rd8
21. Qc4 Nc6
22. Rxd8+ Qxd8
23. Rd1 Qe7
24. Rd7 Qf8
25. Nd6 Ra7
26. Rxa7 Nxa7

Jan-09-08  D.Observer: Would the popularity of this opening increase this year?
Aug-01-08  Silverstrike: An interesting loss of mine in this opening.

White: Julius Schwartz (1679)
Black: Elliot Sloan (1856)

March the 30th 2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.c3 dxc3 6.0-0 (I should've played 6.Qd5) 6...d6 7.Nxc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Qc2 a6 10.Rad1 b5 11.Bb3 Bg4 12.e5 Nxf3 13.exf6 Bxf6 14.Bxf6 Bxd1 15.Nxd1 Qxf6 16.Qxc6 Rfe8 17.Qc2 c5 18.a3 c4 19.Ba2 d5 20.Bb1 g6 21.f4 d4 22.f5 d3 23.Qc1 Qd4+ 24.Kh1 d2 25.Qc3 Re1 26.Qf3 Rae8 27.Resigns

Aug-25-08  drukenknight: Reverse Philidor's comes to an amusing end. I've given up trying to bash people who play ....Bc5 against my ponziani, so I've decided to play philidor's in reverse and let them show me how to play it. THis gets confusing when I start using black's tactics e.g. pinning the N on f6..

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3 Bc5
4. d3 Nf6
5. Bg5 Be7
6. Qc2 O-O
7. Nbd2 d5
8. O-O-O dxe4
9. dxe4 Nxe4? (probably ..Ng4 is fine)
10. Nxe4 Bxg5+
11. Nfxg5 Qe7

Position after 11..Qe7, funny huh?

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Aug-27-08  drukenknight: Insane ponziani-DO NOT ATTEMPT WITHOUT A COMPUTER. We played 7, quite obvious, moves into this and threw up our hands in despair:

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3 Nf6
4. Qa4 Be7 (makes sense, but only two games in the data base?)

5. Bc4 apparently no one has tried this.

6. exd5 Nxd5
7. Nxe5 Nb6

Position afer 7...Nb6 okay now what?

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Apr-06-09  c o r e: Since it's the opening of the day, I'll have to comment here: I love playing the Ponziani during casual games on breaks at work. It never fails to create wild open positions!
Jul-15-09  drukenknight: We play the Ponziani w/ 3...Bc5 following in the footsteps of Horwitz as well as Samuel Lloyd...

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. c3 Bc5
4. b4 Bb6
5. b5 Na5
6. Nxe5 Qe7
7. d4 d6
8. Nf3 the novelty; 3 games in the crap database got to 8 Ba3 including Horwitz/Harrwitz 1846, and Sam Lloyd and his father

9. Be2 Bg4
10. Nbd2 Qe6
11. O-O Ne7
12. Re1 O-O
13. Bd3 Qd7
14. Qc2 h6
15. Ne4 (I did this just to open the g file.)

15... Bxf3
16. gxf3 Ng6
17. Ng3 Qh3 (..c5 maybe sounder but game is still ok)

18. Bf5 Qh4
19. Re4 Qf6
20. Rg4

Position after 20 Rg4 how does it continue:

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Jul-16-09  blacksburg: what's the big deal with this line? <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6> or <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4>

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recently, like half of my games against 1.e4 end up in this position. i'm not complaining, i like playing black's position here.

is there some new repertoire book that recommends this line? no one has played the ruy lopez against me in a week or so online, it's always this, or some other garbage line. ok maybe it's not garbage, but i'm not scared of it at all, and i'm easy to scare in the opening.

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  whiteshark: Opening of the Day
<Göring Gambit <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3>>

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Opening Explorer

Following one main line with <4... dxc3 5.Nxc3 Bb4 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.e5 d5 8.exf6 dxc4 9.Qxd8+ Nxd8 10.fxg7 Rg8 11.Bh6>

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Opening Explorer leads to a difficult if not lost position for black.

Aug-16-09  drukenknight: well dont take the pawn (4...dxc3) Ive found a lot of these openings work better when I dont keep grabbing more pawns.
Aug-22-10  rapidcitychess: Opening of the day is the Goring gambit. Seems pretty unsound, at least as much as sound as the Danish. Then again, I think no gambits are sound in my materialism. I really need to get over that.
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day
Ponziani's Opening
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.c3
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Konstantinopolsky Opening
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.g3

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Goring Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Konstantinopolsky Opening
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3

I'm guessing it's named after Alexander Konstantinopolsky

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  parisattack: I only find him playing it in Konstantinopolsky-Ontsjunkin, Corr 1958 1-0:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3 d6 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 g6 6. O-O Bg7 7. Nc3 O-O 8. h3 Be6 9. Ng5 Bd7 10. Be3 Nd4 11. Kh2 h6 12. Nf3 c5 13. Nd2 Bc6 14. f4 exf4 15. Bxf4 Nh5 16. Nc4 Nxf4 17. gxf4 f5 18. Nd5 Bxd5 19. exd5 b5 20. Ne3 Re8 21. Qd2 b4 22. Rae1 Qd7 23. Nc4 Rab8 24. c3 bxc3 25. bxc3 Nb5 26. Rxe8+ Rxe8 27. Rc1 Re7 28. Bf3 Bf6 29. a4 Nc7 30. d4 cxd4 31. cxd4 Ne8 32. Ne5 Bxe5 33. dxe5 Qxa4 34. Rc8 Rc7 35. Bd1 Qd7 36. Rb8 Kh7 37. Qd4 Ng7 38. Rf8 dxe5 39. Qxe5 Rc1 40. Qb8 g5 41. Ba4 Qe7 42. Rh8+ Kg6 43. Qe5 1-0

One can play the KIA against most 1. e4 defenses but I wouldn't think it too effective after 1. ...e5. Anyone here with practical experience?

Oct-06-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Goring Gambit
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3

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  parisattack: PONZIANI - Opening of the Day

Nothing at all wrong with the ol' Ponz if you don't mind getting your hands dirty early in the game.

Ponziani Books -

Bickford/Salmone - Modern Ponziani Opening
Carlier - Trends in the Open Games
Estrin/Glazkov - Three Double KP Openings
Harding - Ponziani Opening
Smith/Camarra - Ponziani Opening
Taylor/Hayward 0 Play the Ponziani
Tmcsanyi - The Ponziani Opening

National Master Bob Wendling did a through analysis of the Ponziani back in the early 1970s. I still have the original manuscript. Although it is only a few pages front-back (handwritten) it would be a small book because Bob's handwriting was so incredible small.

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  parisattack: 'thorough' - and there is also a Ponziani Opening by Russell/Cohn which is 'print of demand.' I think such books are simply compilations of material found on the Internet.
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