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Philidor Defense 4. dxe5 Nxe5
Compiled by apeters
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This variation is a very important one for the Philidor repoitoire.

6. Be3 Black gains strong piece play
J T Beckner vs N Whitaker, 1916
(C41) Philidor Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

6. Be3 Alekhine- Alekhine places his pieces on dark squares
B V Lyubimov vs Alekhine, 1919 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Alekhine masterpiece vs. 5. qD5- ideal
L Steiner vs Alekhine, 1936 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Great combination, 2 rook sacrifice
O Bernstein vs Tartakower, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 13 moves, 0-1

Bronstein proves that after 5.Nd2 NxN is a must
Bronstein vs R Piatnitsky, 1940 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 1-0

The answer to 5. qd5 Nc5 6. Ng5 Be6. Black uses dark sq4 pieces
M Czerniak vs Najdorf, 1941 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 70 moves, 0-1

Bronstein plays vs. no pawns in the center beautifully
M Bertok vs Bronstein, 1962 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

No pawns in center but forced was c6 after Bc4, this hindersdev
Tukmakov vs J Rotstein, 1963
(C41) Philidor Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Black plays c6 to trade queens and this weakness exploited
Benko vs K Smith, 1972 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

This is a nice tactic queen fork from Bc4 c6 variation.
S Petronic vs Yu Shaoteng, 2001
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

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