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98_A00 - 1.c3 - Saragossa Theme Tourmt 1922 & mo
Compiled by FrankTheTank

The name Saragossa Opening is derived from the Spanish city of Zaragoza. In 1922 a theme tournament requiring the players to open with 1.c3 was arranged in <Mannheim> with <three> participants, Siegbert Tarrasch, Paul Leonhardt and Jacques Mieses, which Tarrasch won. (Wikipedia article: Saragossa Opening)

Im Juni 1922 lesen wir im "Deutschen Wochenschach", daß mit diesem Zug ein Turnier mit <vier>* Meistern stattfand. Kein geringerer als Tarrasch war damals dabei... Randspringer #66, S.148 * must be <three>

Tarrasch....... xx | 1,= | 1,1
Leonhardt.... 0,= | x,x | 0,1
Mieses......... 0,0 | 1,0 | x,x

6 games

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From Cyrus Lakdawala page:

Mar-10-09 blacksburg: i've seen a few of this guy's games that aren't in the database. in a lot of those games, Lakdawala opens with <1.c3!?> as white, and seems to aim for some kind of reversed caro kann/slav setup, like a delayed colle system or something. it's weird. i've also heard <1.c3> referred to as the <Lakdawala Variation>. i have some experience in caro kann, pure slav, and scandinavian defences, so i might give it a try in blitz games. it can't be that bad, right?

none of his games in the database start with <1.c3>, though, so maybe i'm wrong, but i swear i've heard about this guy and his silly <1.c3> move, and there's no other Lakdawala. anyone else here know what i'm talking about? or did i just have a weird dream about a bad opening move and a guy with a funny name?

Mar-10-09 blacksburg: yeah, this must have been a weird chess dream. no respectable chess player would play this stuff right? <1.c3 e5 2.d4> - reversed caro-kann <1.c3 c5 2.d4 d5> - reversed slav

Jun-03-09 blacksburg: <VERY> entertaining interview with Watson on ICC this week. much better than Watson's usual interviews, which i usually stop listening to half way through. in addition to making me laugh out loud several times, he clears up the 1.c3 question i had!

apparently, someone named 1.c3 the <lakdawala accelerated> because after 1.Nf3 c5, instead of 2.e4?? <his question marks> trying to sucker him into a sicilian, lakdawala would play 2.c3, and try to play a reversed slav, since he plays the slav as black.

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Check the comments on for LOLs :D


GM database:

Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1922 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

P S Leonhardt vs J Mieses, 1922 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

J Mieses vs P S Leonhardt, 1922
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs P S Leonhardt, 1922
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

--> Sicilian
Tartakower vs Reti, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Thanh Son Nguyen vs D Harika, 2009
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Juncosa vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 52 moves, 0-1

T Gelashvili vs G Sargissian, 2002 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 78 moves, 0-1

Lucena vs Quintana, 1515 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

latest --< London Sytsem
S Megaranto vs Qi Guo, 2012
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sokolski miniatur
B Katalymov vs G Ilivitsky, 1959 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

1 b4 e5 2 Bb2 Bxb4 3 Bxe5 Nf6
K Volke vs Vaganian, 1994
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

White Gurgenidze Setup
P Rewitz vs C N Andersen, 2015 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Leningrad reversed
M Bartel vs J Majdan, 2005 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

L Schiffler vs Reich, 1951 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

15 games

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