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Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack (C81)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Nxe4 6 d4 b5
7 Bb3 d5 8 dxe5 Be6 9 Qe2

Number of games in database: 327
Years covered: 1903 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 36.1%
   Black wins 22.0%
   Draws 41.9%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Milan Matulovic  16 games
Vlastimil Jansa  10 games
Borislav Ivkov  6 games
Viktor Korchnoi  11 games
Wolfgang Unzicker  8 games
Tudev Ujtumen  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Smyslov vs Euwe, 1948
Minic vs K Honfi, 1966
Keres vs Euwe, 1948
Keres vs Bronstein, 1946
Tal vs Keres, 1967
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1948
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 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 327  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Izbinsky vs Rubinstein 0-1361903RUS-ch03C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
2. A Kohler vs Gilg  1-0281940Krakow/Krynica/WarsawC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
3. Keres vs Bronstein 0-1371946MoscowC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
4. Stoltz vs Cortlever  ½-½591946Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon)C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
5. Stoltz vs Szabo  0-1431946GroningenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
6. V Tomovic vs A Bozic 1-0201947Ljubljana ch-YUGC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
7. Keres vs Alatortsev  1-0621947USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
8. Keres vs C H Alexander  ½-½661947London, GB-SU team mC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
9. Smyslov vs Sokolsky 1-0311947MoscowC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
10. Keres vs Euwe 1-0341948FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. Keres vs Reshevsky 0-1411948FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
12. Smyslov vs Euwe 1-0261948FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Smyslov vs Reshevsky ½-½731948FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. E Nash vs Kashdan  0-148194849th US OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. Boleslavsky vs Stoltz 1-0341948Saltsj÷baden InterzonalC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
16. Lokvenc vs Euwe  ½-½411948VenedigC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
17. G A Thomas vs Wade ½-½431948Hastings 1948/49C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
18. Znosko-Borovsky vs Unzicker  0-1311949LucerneC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
19. Kholmov vs D Grechkin  1-0351949URS-ch sfC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
20. Aronin vs Keres  ½-½331949USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
21. Ivkov vs A Fuderer  0-1361949YUG-chC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
22. Aronin vs Ragozin  ½-½411949USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
23. K Skold vs C Poulsen  ½-½411950Dubrovnik olmC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
24. R Flores Alvarez vs J Sumar  1-0521950Dubrovnik olmC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
25. M Castillo vs Unzicker  0-1241950Dubrovnik olmC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-23-04  themindset: there's a mistake on board up there, the queen shouldn't be on e2
Nov-23-04  ArtNJ: 9. Qe2 is the signature move of the Howell attack. So the diagram is accurate, the variation just needs an extra half move.
Oct-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: any idea why this variation is out of fashion?
Oct-07-05  Koster: <refutor> It's obsolete since the srong innovation 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5!
Oct-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Ah, yes, Qh5, the Nakamura favorite.
May-09-06  netlava: 9 Qe2 Be7 10 Rd1 O-O 11 c4 bxc4 12 Bxc4 Bc5 13 Be3 Bxe3 14 Qxe3 Qb8 15. Bb3 Na5 16 Nbd2 Nxd2 17 Nxd2 Rd8 =
May-09-06  geraldo8187: actually, Bernard Parham has had a lot of success with 2. Qh5 his "matrix" system of incorporating geometry into chess can be found on a google search, and several of his brilliant attack Qh5 games are on chessbase
Sep-03-07  Morphyisgod: is it me or does this look like black has a big advantage
Jan-23-08  Nikita Smirnov: After who the variation is named?
Is it after David Howell or?
Jan-23-08  MaxxLange: Black does not have a big advantage here.
Mar-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
Ruy Lopez, Howell Attack
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6

< Nikita Smirnov: After who the variation is named? Is it after David Howell or?>

Perhaps.

Mar-29-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Clarence Seaman Howell
Apr-03-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: < tpstar: Clarence Seaman Howell >

Oh.

Apr-03-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: <any idea why this variation is out of fashion?> It looks like Korchnoi and others put it out of business in the 70s and 80s. Still its the kind of line where some analysis with today's strong comps might pay off.
Oct-05-11  edbermac: On the variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Qe2 Be7 10. Rd1 O-O 11. c4 bxc4 12. Bxc4 Bc5 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. Qxe3 Qb8 15. Bb3 Na5, there are 3 possible lines given in the database: 16 Nbd2, Ne1 or Nc3

Can White get away with 16. Bd5 here?

Apr-10-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Ruy Lopez, Howell Attack
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.a4 ♘f6 5.O-O ♘xe4 6.d4 b5 7.♗b3 d5 8.dxe5 ♗e6


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Oct-28-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Ruy Lopez, Howell Attack
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6


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