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Players own favourite openings
Compiled by biglo
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I looked at some strong players to see their favourite opening moves as White and their favoured responses as Black. There are certain limitations to attempting this.

Viswanathan Anand World Champ
Anand vs Ponomariov, 2002 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 1-0

Levon Aronian
Aronian vs Van Wely, 2004
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alexander Alekhine World Champ
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Michael Adams
Adams vs Nunn, 1991
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vladimir Akopian
Akopian vs Efimenko, 2006
(C42) Petrov Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

David Bronstein
Adams vs Bronstein, 1992
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mikhail Botvinnik World Champ
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1952 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 22 moves, 1-0

Henry Edward Bird
Winawer vs Bird, 1878 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

Viktor Bologan
Bologan vs J Smeets, 2005
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 91 moves, 1-0

Boris Gulko
Gulko vs Yermolinsky, 2001
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Jose Raul Capablanca World Champ
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1928 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 37 moves, 1-0

Wilhelm Cohn
A M Levin vs W Cohn, 1902
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 66 moves, 1-0

Ludwig Engels
K Makarczyk vs L Engels, 1937 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 62 moves, 0-1

Max Euwe WC
Euwe vs Najdorf, 1947 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

Bobby Fischer World Champ
Fischer vs J A Rubinetti, 1970 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 24 moves, 1-0

Isidor Gunsberg
Gunsberg vs Taubenhaus, 1889
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 1-0

Robert Huebner
Hecht vs Huebner, 1967
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anatoli Karpov World Champ
Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1993 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Gary Kasparov World Champ
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1991 
(E92) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Raymond Keene.
Kraidman vs Keene, 1978
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Viktor Korchnoi WC Challenger
P Scheeren vs A Kuligowski, 1983 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vladimir Kramnik World Champ
Kramnik vs Piket, 2002 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais - Strongest in era
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Alexander M'Donnell.
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

Vera Menchik
Goglidze vs Menchik, 1935 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

Anthony Miles
Browne vs Miles, 1987
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Paul Morphy
James Thompson vs Morphy, 1857 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

Nicholas MacLeod
N MacLeod vs Lipschutz, 1889 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Hikaru Nakamura
J Gombac vs Nakamura, 2001 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 62 moves, 0-1

"NN"
J Smith vs G H Derrickson, 1860 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

John Owen
J Robey vs Owen, 1862 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

Vasja Pirc
Levenfish vs Pirc, 1935 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Judit Polgar Strongest Woman ever
Svidler vs Judit Polgar, 1997
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zsuzsa Polgar Women's World Champ
A Haik vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1987 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 58 moves, 0-1

Ian Rodgers.
M Marinkovic vs I Rogers, 1989
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

Viacheslav Ragozin
G Ilivitsky vs Ragozin, 1948
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 44 moves, 1-0

Wilhelm Steinitz 1st Official WC
Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1863 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

Nigel Short World Champ Challenger 1993
Short vs A Kosten, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 43 moves, 1-0

Eric Schiller - Chess Arbiter and author
S Dickinson vs E Schiller, 1986 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Vasily Smyslov World Champ
Tal vs Smyslov, 1970 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 39 moves, 0-1

Boris Spassky World Champ
Beliavsky vs Spassky, 1986
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Duncan Suttles.
E Celorio vs Suttles, 1973 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

Carl Schlechter WC Challenger
Schlechter vs J N Berger, 1907 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

Mikhail Tal WC
Bronstein vs Tal, 1975 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

Savielly Tartakower.
Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1908
(B40) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Veselin Topalov FIDE World Champ
Kasparov vs Topalov, 2001 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 34 moves, 1-0

Carlos Torre-Repetto
Marshall vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 0-1

Siegbert Tarrasch World Champ Challenger
H Wolf vs Tarrasch, 1923 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 51 moves, 0-1

Bill Wall
B Wall vs Lewis, 1975
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 19 moves, 1-0

Chessgames.com Database Favourite Opening.
C Wei vs D Maghalashvili, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 0-1

Chessgames.com Database Least Favourite Opening.
G Welling vs S Horvath, 1996 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Wang Yue
P Tregubov vs Wang Yue, 2008
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 0-1

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