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BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black
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1. e4 Games For White and Black.

1. Giuoco Piano - "No Brainer" Lopez - 7 Example Games You can get a middle game position typical of a closed Ruy Lopez from this opening. It avoids needing to learn Ruy Lopez lines like the Berlin, Open, Schliemann, Zaitsev, Marshall, and others. Here are key points to remember:

___A. Pawn to c3 supports an eventual pawn push to d4 creates a home for the bishop on c2.

___B. Play d3 as soon as you see ..Nf6.

___C. When Black plays ..a6, you must play Bb3. Otherwise Black plays ..Na5, attacks the bishop, and wins the two bishop advantage.

___D. If Black plays ..Na5 after you have played Bb3, then the bishop can escape to c2.

___E. If Black plays ..Na5 before playing ..a6, then you can play Bb5.

___F. Play h3 so you can play Re1. The move h3 stops ..Ng4 by Black, hitting f2.

___G. Nbd2 is played early to help support e4. The classic Ruy Lopez maneuver Nb1-Nbd2-Nf1 is often played. From f1, the knight can go to g3 or e3.

___H. It is OK, in fact often good, to delay castling to finish your knight maneuver to g3. The king is safe.

___I. If Black plays ..d5 to get at you uncastled king, then Qe2 defends quite well.

___J. Sometimes players like to exchange off Black's active bishop on a7 by playing Be3. The knight on f1 jumps into an active position after the exchange.

___K. If Black fails to play a pawn break to d5, then White can play a pawn break to d4 his pieces well placed.

2. Play the Philidor Defense, Exchange Variation - The closest thing to a "No Brainer" defense - 3 example games

3. Play the Modern Steinitz Against the Ruy Lopez - 5 Example Games.

4. Defend Against 1.e4 with Giuoco Piano - 5 Example Games.

5. Defend Against 1.e4 Scotch - 2 Example Games

6. White Against The Petrov - 2 Example Games

7. White plays the Scotch - 5 Example Games

8. White playes the Spanish Four Knights - 6 Example Games

9. Check out the ..e6 Sicilians. Especially the Sicilian Kan example games, traps to avoid, and tricks to know.

Giuoco Piano - Pseudo-Lopez
M B Oratovsky vs Zsofia Polgar, 1994
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 55 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Piano - Pseudo-Lopez
Adams vs Z Gyimesi, 1997
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Piano - Pseudo-Lopez
Tiviakov vs G Sargissian, 2004 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Piano - Pseudo-Lopez
F Vallejo Pons vs T Straeter, 2009 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 60 moves, 1-0

If Black fails to hit with ..d5 after Nf1, consider g4!
V Komliakov vs I Yagupov, 1995
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Piano - Pseudo-Lopez - What if Black plays an early ..d5
Dolmatov vs Pribyl, 1981
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Pseudo-Lopez: What if Black plays an early 4..d6 after 3..Bc5
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation
U Atakisi vs Mamedyarov, 2004
(C41) Philidor Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation
F Cardona vs Koltanowski, 1935 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation
S Erenburg vs T Luther, 2004 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 141 moves, 1/2-1/2

Modern Steinitz Defense
Plaskett vs Kamsky, 1989 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

Modern Steinitz, Black recaptures 8..dxe5; Compare to next game
J Penrose vs M Haygarth, 1968 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Modern Steinitz, Black recaptures 8..Nxe5; Compare to prev game
B Taborov vs Bronstein, 1978 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

Well known Noah's Arc trap in the Modern Steinitz Defense
R Dworzynski vs Keres, 1956 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 11 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Piano for Black - Defend the Moeller Attack
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1899 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Piano for Black - Force a draw in the Moeller Attack
Short vs Karpov, 1989 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Giuoco Piano for Black - Avoid forced draw in Moeller Attack
Anderssen vs Bird, 1878 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Piano for Black - Defend the Giuoco Pianissimo
R Mamedov vs Short, 2008 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Piano for Black - Defend the Italian 4 Knights
Nimzowitsch vs B Kostic, 1920 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 0-1

Defend against the Scotch
M Godena vs Z Sturua, 2001
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Defend against the scotch
Schmittdiel vs Romanishin, 1995
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Basic Scotch For White #1
D Howell vs T Nyback, 2010 
(C45) Scotch Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Basic Scotch For White #1A
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Basic Scotch For White #2
Ehlvest vs Beliavsky, 1991 
(C45) Scotch Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Basic Scotch For White #3
Tartakower vs E G Sergeant, 1926 
(C47) Four Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Basic Scotch For White #5
R Zelcic vs C Rodriguez Guerras, 1991 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

White Against The Petrov
Leko vs E Levi, 1993
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

White Against The Petrov
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 1993 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Four Knights For White #1
Schlechter vs C Jaffe, 1911 
(C48) Four Knights, 34 moves, 1-0

Four Knights For White #1A
Janowski vs Lasker, 1909 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

Four Knights For White #2
Svidler vs Karpov, 2003 
(C49) Four Knights, 33 moves, 1-0

Four Knights For White #3
Alekhine vs Forrester, 1923 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 15 moves, 1-0

Four Knights For White #4
Znosko-Borovsky vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C48) Four Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

Four Knights For White #5
A Kornev vs P H Nielsen, 2005 
(C48) Four Knights, 36 moves, 1-0

Sicilian with ..e6 against a closed sicilian
O Stjazhkina vs C Peptan, 2001
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 43 moves, 0-1

Sicilian KanTrick to Know - Remove guard at f3, mate at h2
E Maahs vs K Bischoff, 1990
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 12 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan. Don't play ..d5 unless you can answer e5 by White
P Bobras vs V Chuchelov, 2005
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 17 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Kan. Don't play ..d5 unless you can answer e5 by White
E Djingarova vs M De La Cruz, 2006 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 22 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Kan. Better ..0-0 & keep d7 clear if White can play g4
A Sokolov vs S Siebrecht, 2001
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 15 moves, 1-0

Sicilian KanTactical trick for Black
F Farran Martos vs S Collas, 2005
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 17 moves, 0-1

As Black, if you must play 2 Knights, learn to deal with 4. Ng5
Showalter vs Chigorin, 1889 
(C59) Two Knights, 40 moves, 0-1

French Defense
Nunn vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation
Spassky vs Tal, 1965 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation
G Botterill vs Tal, 1973 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 51 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation
R Reyes vs Portisch, 1968
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 39 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation
A Naumann vs Landa, 2003
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Kan: If your opponent insists on English Attack
P Laihonen vs Landa, 2003
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 35 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation
D Anagnostopoulos vs G Timoshchenko, 1998 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 32 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan: Maroczy Bind
D Canda vs D Flores, 2006
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 30 moves, 0-1

Disrupt Grand Prix (early f4) players and blow up the center
O Jackson vs Krasenkow, 2007
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 30 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan. - ..Bc5 hits undefended knight then ..Be7
C Cobb vs P Rossiter, 2001
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 31 moves, 0-1

Modern Steinitz - Yandemirov loves the attacking 5..Bg4
K Aseev vs V Yandemirov, 2003 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 22 moves, 0-1

White: Ruy Lopez
Fischer vs Shocron, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez For White
Geller vs Portisch, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

This Ruy Lopez shared first beauty prize at this 1927 tourney
Yates vs L Asztalos, 1927 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 53 moves, 1-0

White: Ruy Lopez
Purdy vs O Sarapu, 1952 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 35 moves, 1-0

Ruy Players: If you see 7..0-0, think about Anti-Marshall
Anand vs Khalifman, 2002
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Ruy Players: If you see 7..0-0, think about Anti-Marshall
Navara vs Berezjuk, 2003
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 39 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez, Open
Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 68 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense.
M Sepulveda vs P Hoareau, 1994
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Model French Defense, Openings For White
Karpov vs Hort, 1973 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

White against the Petroff with Nimzovitch Attack
Naiditsch vs P Charbonneau, 2006 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense
S Sulskis vs H Stevic, 2009
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense
Rozentalis vs I Sokolov, 1993 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense
Shirov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

Teichmann vs O Bernstein, 1909 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Panov, 1939 
(C49) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

Teichmann vs Spielmann, 1914 
(C48) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Jansa vs Pachman, 1966
(C48) Four Knights, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pavasovic vs D Sermek, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Harkes vs Lorne Yee, 2001  
(B01) Scandinavian, 60 moves, 0-1

D A Wood vs Bronstein, 1995
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 0-1

Damljanovic vs Kurajica, 2003
(B01) Scandinavian, 37 moves, 0-1

Goldin vs Stripunsky, 2004 
(B01) Scandinavian, 44 moves, 0-1

S Pina Vega vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2001
(B01) Scandinavian, 46 moves, 0-1

French Defense Tarrasch
Oral vs R Chytilek, 2001
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

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