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Compiled by Phony Benoni

Augustus J. Dirp (1841-1907), generally considered the Father of Anti-Positional Play, holds an unique and otherwise unwanted spot in the history of chess theory.

While his unfortunate aphorisms such as <Never move a piece twice before you have moved it once> and <Keep your pieces out of the center--they could get hurt there!> still guide legions of aspiring N.N. wannabes to this day, his true colors shone most dimly as a theorist of the pawn formation which bears his name, the Doubled Isolated Rook Pawn.

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A lifetime of study and hard drinking led to the formulation of Dirp's Credo: <Except in positions where it is neutral, the DIRP is an advantage unless it is a disadvantage.> Though the Credo has never been refuted, its practical application has generally proved disastrous.

Dirp also has two opening systems named after him, mainly by default: The Dirp Attack (White plays Na3 and Nh3) and the Dirp Defense (Black plays ...Na6 and ...Nh6). The idea, of course, is that capturing the knights will set up immediate fianchettos of the bishops and provide half-open files for the rooks. Meanwhile, the king is sheltered behind the unmoved center pawns and the queen can fend for herself. The two systems are considered so devastating that there are no known examples of their being used.

Indeed, none of Dirp's game scores have survived, probably due to the Geneva Convention. However, as this collection will show, his ideas continue to infect chess players everywhere, providing a fitting legacy for the man appropriately eulogized as "...quite possibly the weakest player never to become world champion."

Wild and Crazy DIRP!
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 48 moves, 0-1

Shakesperian DIRP!
E Williams vs Staunton, 1851 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

E D'Andre vs de Riviere, 1867 
(A06) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

Ballet DIRP!
Harmonist vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury DIRP Boy!
Pillsbury vs J C Halpern, 1894 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

March of the DIRPs!
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

DIRP grows up!
Chigorin vs Blackburne, 1898 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

DIRP Ahoy!
Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Outside passed DIRPs!
Janowski vs G Marco, 1900 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 0-1

The useless DIRP!
Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Coburg Operations DIRP!
M Brody vs Von Bardeleben, 1904 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 0-1

One good DIRP deserves another!
H Fahrni vs H Caro, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Very Fahrni, DIRP!
H Fahrni vs Duras, 1906
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 49 moves, 0-1

Delmar's DIRP!
J Magee vs E Delmar, 1906 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Knightmare DIRP!
Lasker vs Marshall, 1907 
(C11) French, 52 moves, 1-0

DIRP mate!
Janowski vs F Treybal, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Hey, there, Georgy DIRP!
J Mieses vs Salwe, 1908 
(C21) Center Game, 47 moves, 0-1

QIBPs beat DIRPs!
E E Colman vs H Jacobs, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Blinded By the DIRP!
Marshall vs J W Taylor, 1915 
(B20) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

Foxy DIRPy!
Kostic vs A W Fox, 1916 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 0-1

Bogo That DIRP!
Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1922 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 52 moves, 1-0

The Silent DIRP!
C Chaplin vs Reshevsky, 1923 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

Marshalling His DIRP!
Marshall vs Bogoljubov, 1925 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 1-0

My DIRP's better than your DIRP!
A Smorodsky vs P Romanovsky, 1927 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

Model DIRP!
Botvinnik vs A Model, 1930 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 0-1

Don't forget the DIRP!
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs N Sorokin, 1931 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1-0

The positional DIRP!
Lisitsin vs N Riumin, 1931 
(A04) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

The decoy DIRP!
I Mazel vs B Verlinsky, 1931
(A06) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Last second DIRP!
V Chekhover vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

Oh, Man, what a DIRP!
H Ohman vs G Buck, 1931 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

A DIRP Grows In Brooklyn!
Alekhine vs Brooklyn Prep School, 1932
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 68 moves, 0-1

Everybody wants to get into the DIRP!
S von Freymann vs V Chekhover, 1935
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Wake up with a Panov DIRP; it's a real Rauzer!
V Rauzer vs Panov, 1934
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 34 moves, 0-1

The DIRP gets Flohred!
Milner-Barry vs Flohr, 1935
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 31 moves, 0-1

I wanna DIRP too!
W Weil vs P Tautvaisas, 1936
(A12) English with b3, 27 moves, 1-0

Salbu, the Killer DIRP!
K Salbu vs K Ozols, 1936 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

The Polish DIRP!
P Hage vs K Makarczyk, 1936 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 0-1

DIRPs hamming it up!
A Hamming vs A Kiprov, 1936
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

The DIRP Immortal!
A Dunkelblum vs Keres, 1937 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

The DIRP! Of The Hqgue!
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

In Praise of DIRP!
Santasiere vs J Fliegel, 1938 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 42 moves, 1-0

The epaulette DIRP!
Boleslavsky vs V Makogonov, 1940 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 36 moves, 1-0

The DIRP goes passed first!
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

Sam and DIRP!
Reshevsky vs Kashdan, 1942 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 63 moves, 1-0

This is another Fine DIRP you've gotten me into!
Fine vs C F Tears, 1945 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

DIRP Gotes to Hollywood!
W Adams vs Reshevsky, 1945 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Book DIRP!
Ragozin vs E E Book, 1946 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

DIRP gets Bent out of shape!
Larsen vs W Lauridsen, 1948 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 24 moves, 1-0

Double DIRP Mate!
O Ulvestad vs G Holloway, 1952 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

Inchworm DIRP!
Botvinnik vs I Kan, 1955 
(A20) English, 75 moves, 1-0

Four knights and a DIRP!
Botvinnik vs Simagin, 1955 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 110 moves, 1/2-1/2

And DIRP alone survived!
Spassky vs Taimanov, 1955 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

Oh, when the DIRPs go marching in!
V Byvshev vs Boleslavsky, 1956 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Smith's Morra DIRP!
K Smith vs M Harrow, 1960
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 40 moves, 1-0

Durking DIRP Nuts!
R Durkin vs Fredericks, 1960 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 91 moves, 1-0

DIRP of Champions!
Furman vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 0-1

The DIRP of the Tiger!
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1961 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 50 moves, 1-0

To the Viktor goes the DIRP!
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1961 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

DIRPs to the left of him, DIRPs to the right of him!
A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Fork Trick DIRP!
J F Leon vs S Matzner, 1962 
(C47) Four Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

The DIRP who loved Liavdansky!
V Liavdansky vs A Bannik, 1964
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 41 moves, 1-0

DIRP with a Bang!
Keene vs Bang, 1965 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 73 moves, 1-0

R Byrne vs O Popovych, 1967
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 44 moves, 1-0

Taimanov for a DIRP!
Lutikov vs Taimanov, 1969 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Block that DIRP!
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

I should have Nona better with a DIRP like you!
N Gaprindashvili vs Szabo, 1971
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

DIRP for Botter or for Ill!
G Botterill vs Karpov, 1971 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 49 moves, 0-1

Pretty in DIRP!
A Pincus vs J Jacobs, 1972 
(A22) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Keene on DIRP!
Yanofsky vs Keene, 1974 
(B06) Robatsch, 54 moves, 0-1

Back rank DIRP!
Klovans vs Vaganian, 1975
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 45 moves, 0-1

What's the Best DIRP?
Evans vs Benko, 1975 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Meyered in DIRP!
E Meyer vs J Peters, 1975 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Adorjan, 1975 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

I'm Keene For a DIRP!
S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1975  
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

Puff the Magic DIRP!
C Zuidema vs Sosonko, 1976 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Shamkovich vs Benko, 1978 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Dubious Double DIRP Defense Deferred Dooms Denker!
J Grefe vs Denker, 1979 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

Tarjan of the DIRPs!
Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1979
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 75 moves, 1-0

Hey, this is the DIRP collection! Get that TIRP outta here!
B Dykes vs Morata, 1980 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 18 moves, 1-0

When in doubt, push a DIRP!
Yusupov vs G Kuzmin, 1980 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

Rooks belong between passed DIRPs!
S Makarichev vs Vaganian, 1980
(C16) French, Winawer, 49 moves, 0-1

Who needs a queen? I've got a DIRP!
V Eingorn vs Kupreichik, 1987 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 83 moves, 1-0

Simultaneous TIRPs!
F Gobet vs Kasparov, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

A Puzzling DIRP!
A Mikhalchishin vs Shirov, 1988 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 25 moves, 1-0

DIRPside attack!
Sakaev vs Kramnik, 1989 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 21 moves, 1-0

Untouchable DIRP!
V Malaniuk vs I Ivanov, 1989 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

Detoured DIRP!
M Todorcevic vs Gligoric, 1990
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Dzindzi DIRP!
Benko vs Dzindzichashvili, 1991 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 73 moves, 0-1

The Old Gray DIRP!
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 0-1

DIRP in Ulf's Clothing!
Shirov vs Andersson, 1991 
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

Mr. Rogers' DIRPs!
A Blees vs I Rogers, 1991 
(E91) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Searching for Augustus J. DIRP!
Taimanov vs Waitzkin, 1992 
(A04) Reti Opening, 61 moves, 1-0

DIRP! I Did It Again!
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 35 moves, 1-0

D Moody vs I Figelman, 1992 
(C27) Vienna Game, 22 moves, 1-0

The DIRP Tempo!
Kasimdzhanov vs S Nadyrkhanov, 1993
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Two DIRPs Are Better Than One!
J Kis vs E Csato, 1993 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

Teimour the DIRPier!
G Papp vs Radjabov, 1997 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

What is so rare as a DIRP from Jun!
J Xie vs N Ioseliani, 1997 
(B32) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Fire on DIRP!
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

DIRP Wins!
Zaw Win Lay vs Wynn Zaw Htun, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

DIRPs, DRooks, and DBishops!
R Gibbons vs D Sermek, 1999
(B40) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

DIRP Shelter!
J van Ruitenburg vs S Castellani, 2000 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

A juvenile DIRP!
T Makhmudov vs A Sismanis, 2001
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

DIRP of the North!
J Metzger vs A Matras-Clement, 2001
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 21 moves, 0-1

Ali Ipek and the 40 DIRPs!
L Osojnik vs A Ipek, 2001
(B40) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Horwitz DIRPs!
J Asik vs K Papas, 2001 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

Vishy DIRPs!
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Remove the DIRP!
P Spik vs M Goban, 2001
(A04) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 0-1

I Bareev in DIRPs!
Bareev vs Topalov, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

My king likes to go for a DIRP!
T Clarke vs Bologan, 2003
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

A banner with the strange device ... DIRP!
C Papatryfonos vs M Sebenik, 2003
(A48) King's Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

A migrating DIRP!
D Smerdon vs U Atakisi, 2004
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 59 moves, 1-0

An unlucky DIRP!
J Banawa vs D Lucky, 2005 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 58 moves, 0-1

TIRP's Little Brother!
Anand vs Baklan, 2007 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 30 moves, 1-0

Quick, Watson--the DIRP!
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Isn't it good Norwegian DIRP!
Polgar vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 44 moves, 0-1

Dragon DIRP!
Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 52 moves, 0-1

Can And Baules DIRP!
E Can vs J Baules, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 32 moves, 0-1

The Immoral DIRP!
J Holvason vs M Janczarski, 2008 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 0-1

DIRP in the Rough!
R Martin del Campo vs A Diamant, 2008 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

Sucher DIRP!
E Pavlov vs J Sucher, 2008 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 0-1

But I don't want a DIRP!
Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

I've got a DIRP in my tank!
Vocaturo vs T Hillarp Persson, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

Luke, I am your DIRP!
Short vs McShane, 2010 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

You can't handle the DIRP!
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

High-class DIRP!
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 1-0

Naka Naka, Naka Naka, Hey Hey DIRP, Goodbye!
Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A81) Dutch, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

Don't Give Up the DIRP!
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1-0

Young Man DIRP!
Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

DIRPus Interruptus!
Shirov vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Big Baddur DIRP!
Jobava vs Z Almasi, 2010 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

Lord of the DIRP!
Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2011 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 35 moves, 1-0

Hou's On DIRP?
Zhao Jun vs Y Hou, 2012 
(A14) English, 62 moves, 0-1

The DIRP of Chennai!
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

World Cup DIRP!
M Diskerud vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E90) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

A Breath of Fresh DIRP!
Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Carpe DIRPem!
F Karger vs E Paehtz, 2014
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 0-1

Bjorn Again DIRP!
B Adithya vs B Thorfinnsson, 2014 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 59 moves, 0-1

Baddur DIRPs!
Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2015 
(B32) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Play All Day, DIRP All Night!
J Ahvenjarvi vs R Mamedov, 2015
(B32) Sicilian, 119 moves, 1/2-1/2

DIRP of a Different Color!
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Navara More DIRP!
J Tomczak vs Navara, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Y Foughali vs C Yoo, 2016 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

DIRP Wallowing in the Meier!
Vitiugov vs G Meier, 2018 
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

Priestly DIRP!
Lombardy vs N Spiridonov, 1964 
(A10) English, 33 moves, 1-0

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