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98_G00_ The Gurgenidze Setup (B06/B15)
Compiled by hought67
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This line is known as the <"Gurgenidze System"> (Bukhuti Gurgenidze) and can be reach by several different move-orders, probably the most common being <1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6> but playing it through a caro-kann is also valid. Though I would probably prefer using the first one since black keeps himself the most flexible there.

Basically this line is like a hybrid between the modern-defence and the caro-kann. Black intends to fianchetto his bishop then strike in the center with d7-d5, also depending a bit on what white does black might transpose into a usual pirc/modern by playing d7-d6 where the move c6 is almost always useful.

It's not really such a bad opening for black and there are master-level players which uses it regularly however white is believed to have an advantage in a couple of lines. This system fits the kind of players which likes playing slow closed (slightly cramped) positions where you're playing for a kind of square-control. It's also commonly used by players which likes to avoid theory since:

1. Black's play is very straight forward and in general you can play this way without having to memorize almost anything. This is possible since in the positions arising from this opening is more about understanding key ideas because of the closed nature of the positions usually arising.

2. There's not that much theory on it.

http://schach.chess.com/forum/view/...

Google search results on <Gurgenidze system> https://www.google.com/search?q=gur...

http://www.365chess.com/eco/B15_Car...

Caro-Kann (B15)

A nice video by FM Grant Szuveges on the Gurgenidze-setup (from Caro Kann or Robatsch etc): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r07... thanks to parisattack chessforum for mentioning it in his forum

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6


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1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. h3 Nh6 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O f6


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1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 Qb6


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1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 Qb6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be2 Nh6


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"Gurgenidze created a system combining the kingside fianchetto with ...c6 and ...d5. Bukhuti Gurgenidze, a grandmaster from Georgia, developed the idea of combining the Caro-Kann and the Modern.< By playing ...d5, Black gained space in the center and avoided many of the dangers of the typical Modern Defense position. <This was a safer system, with an emphasis on positional play on the light squares, but with somewhat less counterplay for Black.>>"

Savon vs Gurgenidze, 1971

http://www.chess.com/article/view/t...

<<1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nd2 c6>

check also: Game Collection: hot rats

Add: There are also 3 articles on <the Gurgenidze Setup> by M.Marin in ChessBase Magazines 139, 140, and 141.

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1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 d5


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1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 d5 (ML is ♗g7 )


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A related game
Event "Washington op"
Site "Washington DC"
Date "1990.??.??"
White "Cooke, Eric"
Black "Zlotnikov, Mikhail"
Result "0-1"
ECO "B06"
BlackElo "2315"

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. f3 d5 4. e5 c5 5. c3 Nc6 6. Be3 cxd4 7. cxd4 f6 8. f4 Nh6 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. Be2 Nf5 11. Bf2 fxe5 12. fxe5 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 e6 14. Bg4 O-O 15. O-O Bh6 16. Nc3 Qe7 17. a3 Ne3 18. Bxe3 Bxe3+ 19. Kh1 Bxd4 20. Re1 Bxe5 21. Rc1 Kh8 22. b4 Rf2 23. b5 Qh4 24. Bh3 Qf4 25. g3 Rxh2+ 0-1

O Aharon vs Z Rahman, 2014 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

Hebden vs C Foisor, 2008
(B15) Caro-Kann, 71 moves, 1-0

L Arias vs Z Rahman, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yu Shaoteng vs Z Rahman, 2009
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

Anti-Gurgenidze
G Timmerman vs C Kamstra, 1990 
(B06) Robatsch, 29 moves, 1-0

Anti-Gurgenidze
D Orzech vs M Ocytko, 2007
(B06) Robatsch, 27 moves, 1-0

Anti-Gurgenidze
D Sermek vs J Grigorov, 1989 
(B06) Robatsch, 75 moves, 1-0

Anti-Gurgenidze
B De Jong-Muhren vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2010
(B06) Robatsch, 47 moves, 1-0

Short vs J Horner, 1978
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anti-Gurgenidze
R Klueting vs H Bettendorf, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 24 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze with ...c6, ...d5, e5! Closed center, qside play
J Gallagher vs T M Mok, 2010
(B06) Robatsch, 50 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze ...c6, ...d5, e5! Opp castle, qside thrust wins
Krister Johansson vs A Van Osmael, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze same line, ...Qb6, queens swap, qside play tactics
A Kovacevic vs D Pavlovic, 2000 
(B06) Robatsch, 28 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze line, modern style defense, model game
C B van den Berg vs E Gereben, 1961
(B15) Caro-Kann, 41 moves, 1-0

Bd3, Qxe4 line; nice tactics to get PME; B + N vs. R wins
N Grandelius vs S Mocanu, 2008
(B15) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1-0

Bxe4, Bc2 line; White has advanced pieces; instructive king end
H Holmsgaard vs Blatny, 2005
(B15) Caro-Kann, 50 moves, 1-0

...c5, ...cxd4, Bc2 line; queen and pawns (extra) ending
J Houska vs Speelman, 2005 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 63 moves, 1-0

...nf6 line, opposite castle idea, qside rook lift, majors
H Contreras vs D Dinh, 2004
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1-0

a pawn up after opening; rook and pawns ending
G A Timoshenko vs A Negulescu, 1999
(B15) Caro-Kann, 63 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Gurgenidze, 1973
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1975
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

kinda transposing...
F Vallejo Pons vs E Perelshteyn, 1999 
(B27) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

D Smerdon vs A Wirig, 2015
(B06) Robatsch, 117 moves, 1/2-1/2

neo-g~
Skripchenko vs Krasenkow, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 0-1

debut
J Marsalek vs Ujtelky, 1960
(B06) Robatsch, 57 moves, 0-1

T Kosintseva vs Koneru, 2004
(B06) Robatsch, 48 moves, 0-1

Kavalek vs Ulf Andersson, 1978 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs G Giorgadze, 1992
(B10) Caro-Kann, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ulf Andersson vs V Poley, 1994
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs Spassky, 1971
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Gurgenidze, 1971 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 0-1

F Mohannad vs S Khamdamov, 2008
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 0-1

A Moiseenko vs V Artemiev, 2013 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

E Hossain vs Blatny, 1996 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 48 moves, 0-1

De Bruycker w/o g6/Bg7
Stellwagen vs D D van Geet, 2000 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

R Messa vs N Napoli, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 28 moves, 0-1

M Turov vs A Istratescu, 2002
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 0-1

w/o ...c6
F Winiwarter vs M Ivancsics, 2002
(B06) Robatsch, 53 moves, 0-1

3P vs c5/d5
G Colvin vs J Tomas, 1974
(B06) Robatsch, 24 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitschian Delay of c-pawn
O Johannsson vs T Schou-Moldt, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 47 moves, 0-1

S Tatai vs Benko, 1971
(B06) Robatsch, 55 moves, 0-1

M Choisy vs Skripchenko, 2013
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 0-1

T Babayev vs Krasenkow, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 52 moves, 0-1

w/ ...c5
N Hendrickson vs T Petersen, 2014 
(B06) Robatsch, 28 moves, 0-1

S Ibrahimova vs Skripchenko, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 69 moves, 0-1

I Paulet vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2014 
(B06) Robatsch, 32 moves, 0-1

T Rodshtein vs S Korotkjevich, 2012
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
J L Seret vs Petursson, 1991
(B07) Pirc, 41 moves, 0-1

Areshchenko vs V Iordachescu, 2013
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 1-0

K Isgandarova vs S Matveeva, 2015
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Zuidema vs S Kagan, 1966
(B06) Robatsch, 60 moves, 0-1

F De Paolis vs J Bakker, 2013
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Heimann vs T Gharamian, 2009 
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 0-1

A Raykhman vs Skembris, 2008
(B06) Robatsch, 70 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 
(B06) Robatsch, 21 moves, 1-0

unusual 4...Nf6
S Gvetadze vs Kasoshvili, 2015
(B10) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 1-0

A Bannik vs Kasparian, 1953
(B10) Caro-Kann, 47 moves, 1-0

Sax vs Tseshkovsky, 1975 
(B06) Robatsch, 91 moves, 1-0

Ashley vs L Christiansen, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 50 moves, 1-0

I Asmundsson vs A Gudmundsson, 1964 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

i~wie
E J Diemer vs F Trommsdorf, 1973 
(B07) Pirc, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Opasiak vs T Valtysson, 2016
(B15) Caro-Kann, 31 moves, 0-1

J Cuartas Medina vs Kamsky, 2014
(B15) Caro-Kann, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Tejaswini vs S Gagare, 2014
(B15) Caro-Kann, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lu Shanglei vs S Gagare, 2014 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 38 moves, 1-0

D Shailesh vs S Gagare, 2014
(B15) Caro-Kann, 18 moves, 0-1

E Moreno Tejera vs R Appel, 2014
(B15) Caro-Kann, 61 moves, 0-1

P Robert vs P Lalic, 2014
(B15) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Hoffmann vs C Foisor, 2015
(B15) Caro-Kann, 46 moves, 0-1

F Steil-Antoni vs Skripchenko, 2015
(B15) Caro-Kann, 33 moves, 0-1

R Borngaesser vs H Lodes, 1988 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 14 moves, 1-0

Du Chattel setup
N Schouten vs P Du Chattel, 1975 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1-0

d6/d5
S Tsolakidou vs L Ptacnikova, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

A Chigaeva vs L Ptacnikova, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Areshchenko vs S Smolin, 2016
(B06) Robatsch, 27 moves, 1-0

A M Berescu vs A Minasian, 2005 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 0-1

Oral vs A Kogan, 1997
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zsofia Polgar vs Piket, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 0-1

Suetin vs Timman, 1973
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Espig vs L Zinn, 1973 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1-0

rapid
Short vs Spassky, 2001
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

R Praggnanandhaa vs V Pranavananda, 2014 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

hard times
Tal vs A Kolarov, 1970 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 35 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs K Urban, 1996 
(B06) Robatsch, 19 moves, 0-1

Bam
K Rogoff vs Steve Spencer, 1969 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

Y Ramsingh vs V Sanduleac, 2002
(B06) Robatsch, 67 moves, 0-1

M Karttunen vs V Sanduleac, 2015
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

Yoel Estarling Polanco Nunez vs V Sanduleac, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Vajda vs V Sanduleac, 2003
(B06) Robatsch, 64 moves, 1-0

A Shomoev vs V Sanduleac, 2003
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 0-1

D Mastrovasilis vs V Sanduleac, 2004
(B06) Robatsch, 56 moves, 1-0

D Leskur vs V Sanduleac, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dusan Popovic vs V Sanduleac, 2001
(B06) Robatsch, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

delayed
H Stevic vs D Kljako, 1999
(B06) Robatsch, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

J van Foreest vs M Bosboom, 2012
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Robson vs Shabalov, 2017 
(B06) Robatsch, 31 moves, 1-0

5.f4 Nh6 6.Nf3 f6 7.Be3 O-O 8.h3 Qb6 9.Na4 Qa5+
I Gaponenko vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2011
(B06) Robatsch, 47 moves, 1-0

J Xiong vs Shabalov, 2017 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 0-1

early ...Nf6 Nxf6+ exf6
I Saric vs F Meissner, 2017
(B15) Caro-Kann, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Halt vs Epishin, 2017 
(B06) Robatsch, 10 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
Karjakin vs P M Kotsur, 2002 
(B07) Pirc, 31 moves, 1-0

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
M Perunovic vs Ehlvest, 2015
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
W So vs C McNab, 2010 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
Le Quang Liem vs H Danielsen, 2008
(B07) Pirc, 36 moves, 1-0

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
T Gara vs Ehlvest, 2006
(B07) Pirc, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
P Carlsson vs Akopian, 2006
(B07) Pirc, 60 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense: Accelerated Gurgenidze
Bareev vs M Gurevich, 2002 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

1. e4 g6 2. f4 d5 3. e5 h5 4. d4 Nh6 5. c3 Bg4 6. Qb3 b6
Larsen vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1973 
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 0-1

S Tatai vs Larsen, 1973
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Heidrich vs R Appel, 2012
(B06) Robatsch, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Zherebukh vs R Appel, 2012 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1-0

Macieja vs R Appel, 1996
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1-0

D Paulsen vs R Appel, 2001 
(B06) Robatsch, 13 moves, 0-1

R Polzin vs R Appel, 2009
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

? via KIA
Stein vs Hort, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 75 moves, 0-1

I Radulov vs M Czerniak, 1975
(B06) Robatsch, 43 moves, 1-0

Hindemburg Melao vs C A Martinez, 1999  
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 1-0

R Pasiev vs Cherniaev, 2013 
(B06) Robatsch, 50 moves, 0-1

D Lintchevski vs V Poley, 2013
(B06) Robatsch, 131 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Djurhuus vs O Dolzhikova, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 31 moves, 0-1

A Gusarov vs O Vastrukhin, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 0-1

blitz
O Girya vs B Khotenashvili, 2014
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

L Mesfin vs B Eiti, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 0-1

T Khakimov vs A Kovchan, 2005
(B06) Robatsch, 68 moves, 0-1

R Felgaer vs D Anton Guijarro, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 74 moves, 0-1

Ebrima Bah vs O de la Riva Aguado, 2014
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 0-1

I Winter vs J Scholz, 1974
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 1-0

decl
D Howell vs T Warakomski, 2010
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 1-0

E Lawson vs M Tomb, 2003 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

Blatny vs M Stangl, 1991 
(B06) Robatsch, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs M Stangl, 1994 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 36 moves, 1-0

8...d5
Shirov vs M Stangl, 1989 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

Sax vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1979
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Svidler vs A Lugovoi, 1992
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

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