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Black Repertoire: 1. e4 e5
Compiled by libertyjack
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Dear reader,

I share with you today my repertoire against the <best by test> 1. e4 move. It is based mostly Mikhail Marin's fantastic books 'A Spanish Repertoire for Black' and 'Beating the Open Games' that I strongly encourage you to buy.

If you want, it is kind of my personal notepad - except that everyone can read it. Why not share after all? It is the whole point of the internet.

I often give precise lines, but everything lies in comprehension of typical positions. But the comprehension needs to be hold by a minimum theoretical basis.

May this repertoire serve you well in your own games,

LibertyJack

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I) King's Gambit Declined <2... Bc5 3. Nf3 d6>


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This "prehistoric" opening is not simpler to play or analyse than the refined modern lines of the Ruy Lopez- Mikhail Marin

Black must be very precise in order to equalize. Often, in the KG, moves that look normal fail, because the position is not normal. That's why it is often almost impossible to find a game in the database where black played the correct moves all along.

White has a few plans available from the starting position of the opening.

a) <4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. d4 exd4 7. cxd4 Bb6 =/-> It the <KG/Evans hybrid system> which is quite dangerous if black doesn't know how to react. Playing against a big centre is difficult, but necesseray as it is a recurring theme in chess.

b) <4. c3 Bb6> It the <Central expansion plan> Black has to play with his bishops first, like in some lines of the Modern Defence. ... Nxe4 is always thematic to equalize.As well as quick developement.

c) <4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Nc6 6. d3> It the <Development plan> White seeks to use his space advantage. But black has always a way to react correctly, using his superior developed, his better piece coordination. Everything lies is about dynamic factor during this opening phase. L Savitsky vs Botvinnik, 1931

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II) Vienna with <3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Nge2 a6 6. d3 d6>


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Other Vienna Lines transpose in the Kings Gambit Declined. See above. Here we are faced with sort of a Glek system where white plays Nge2 instead of Nf3, to allow his f-pawn to go. However, it lacks flexibility.

a) <The f4 advance plan> is met perfectly with a very active position for black S Balster vs Balashov, 1991

b) Here, white adopts a more <Central plan> but with precise manoeuvring, black equalizes and even get the better of it.Short vs Yusupov, 1989

Quick reminder: Thematic moves include taking at the right moment on d5, replacing black's knights, protect against Bg5, preserve the bishop pair with a6.

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III) Centre game <2. d4 exd4>

a) Main Line <3. Qxd5 Nc6 4. Qe3 g6!>


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White wants to attack the king, but black is better developped due to his early queen walk. Strange opening really... L Mikhaletz vs S Ovsejevitsch, 2001

b) Danish Gambit <3. c3 d5! 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. cxd4 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 Bb4+ 8. Nc3 Bxf3! 9. Bxf3 Qc4!>


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White lost all his advantage. Best is Qb3 when a slightly better endgame is arising for black...

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IV) Four Knights Game <2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6>

a) Main Line


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b) Glek System


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V) Giuco Piano <3. Bc4 Bc5>

a) Old Main Line <4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3>


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The old main line - Moller Attack - doesn't promise anything for white and black should be slightly better after the tactical opening battle

b) The 'modern' Bd2 Line <4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Bd2>


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It is already a more refined and interesting approach by white

c) Evans Gambit <4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5>

It is a very interesting and very complex opening. Basically they are three different lines to know when playing black

* <6. 0-0 d6 7. d4 Bb6>


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It is know as the Lasker Variation, which is supposed to give equality to black

* <6. d4 exd4 7. 0-0 Nge7!>


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When white has two choices. Either Ng5 and cxd4

d) Giuco Pianissimo <4. d3 Nf6 5. c3 a6>


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e) Two Knights Defence Bb5 line <4. 0-0 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. e5 d5 7. Bb5 Bc5!>


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f) Two knights Defence Max Lange Attack <4. 0-0 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4>


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VI) Scotch Game <3. d4 exd4>

a) Mieses Variation <4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nb6>


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b) Scotch Four Knights <4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6>


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c) Scotch Deviations

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VII) Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation <3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6>

a) <5. 0-0>

b) <5. Nc3>

c) <5. d4>

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II) Spanish Opening

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a) Closed Ruy Lopez 12... Nc6 (Rubinstein variation)

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b) Closed Ruy Lopez 12... Bd7 (Petrosian variation)

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c) Ruy Lopez d3 systems

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d) Ruy Lopez Qe2 systems

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e) Ruy Lopez Nc3 systems

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f) Ruy Lopez Central Attack

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g) Ruy Lopez Deffered Exchange Variation

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h) Ruy Lopez Doubly Deffered Exchange Variation

Rubinstein line dxc5 variation
M Erdogdu vs A Greet, 2007
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein line dxc5 variation
Shamkovich vs N Padevsky, 1970
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein system dxc5 variation
K Nemcova vs N Pares Vives, 2008
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 60 moves, 1-0

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