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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

Number of games in database: 287
Years covered: 1903 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 35.2%
   Black wins 22.3%
   Draws 42.5%

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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
Tal vs Keres, 1967
Keres vs Bronstein, 1946
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1948
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 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 287  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Izbinsky vs Rubinstein 0-136 1903 RUS-ch03C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
2. A Kohler vs Gilg  1-028 1940 Krakow/Krynica/WarsawC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
3. Keres vs Bronstein 0-137 1946 MoscowC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
4. Stoltz vs Szabo  0-143 1946 GroningenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
5. Stoltz vs Cortlever  ½-½59 1946 Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon)C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
6. Keres vs Alatortsev  1-062 1947 USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
7. Keres vs C H Alexander  ½-½66 1947 London, GB-SU team mC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
8. Smyslov vs Sokolsky 1-031 1947 MoscowC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
9. V Tomovic vs A Bozic  1-020 1947 Ljubljana ch-YUGC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
10. Lokvenc vs Euwe  ½-½41 1948 VenedigC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. Keres vs Euwe 1-034 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
12. Smyslov vs Euwe 1-026 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Keres vs Reshevsky 0-141 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. Smyslov vs Reshevsky ½-½73 1948 FIDE World Championship TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. Boleslavsky vs Stoltz 1-034 1948 Saltsj÷baden InterzonalC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
16. G A Thomas vs Wade ½-½43 1948 Hastings 4849C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
17. E Nash vs Kashdan  0-148 1948 49th US OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
18. Ivkov vs A Fuderer  0-136 1949 JugoslavienC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
19. Aronin vs Ragozin  ½-½41 1949 USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
20. Znosko-Borovsky vs Unzicker  0-131 1949 LucerneC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
21. Aronin vs Keres  ½-½33 1949 USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
22. Kholmov vs D Grechkin  1-035 1949 URS-ch sfC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
23. Mross vs Euwe 0-137 1950 BerlinC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
24. Aitken vs J Penrose  0-157 1950 Ilford (England)C81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
25. Kogan vs Ragozin  0-134 1950 Ch URS (1/2 final)C81 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  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  Penguincw: < tpstar: Clarence Seaman Howell >

Oh.

Apr-03-11  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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Ruy Lopez, Howell Attack
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.a4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6


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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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