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Grega's Black Repertoire
Compiled by Littlejohn

General chess advice from Joe Brooks:

"On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culmination in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite." -- Emanuel Lasker

"Life is like a chess. If you lose your queen, you will probably lose the game." – Being Caballero

"Chess is life in miniature. Chess is a struggle, chess battles." – says Garry Kasparov

"Age brings wisdom to some men, and to others chess."– Evan Esar

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poem by B.H. Wood, entitled ‘The Drowser':

Ah, reverie! Ten thousand heads I see
Bent over chess-boards, an infinity
Of minds engaged in battle, fiendishly,
Keenly, or calmly, as the case may be:
World-wide, the neophyte, the veteran,
The studious problemist, the fairy fan ...
"What's that? – I'm nearly sending you to sleep? Sorry! – but this position's rather deep."

Source: Chess Amateur, September 1929, page 268.

The Ass and the Little Dog

One's native talent from its course
Cannot be turned aside by force;
But poorly apes the country clown
The polished manners of the town.
Their Maker chooses but a few
With power of pleasing to imbue;
Where wisely leave it we, the mass,
Unlike a certain fabled ass,
That thought to gain his master's blessing
By jumping on him and caressing.
"What!" said the donkey in his heart;
"Ought it to be that puppy's part
To lead his useless life
In full companionship
With master and his wife,
While I must bear the whip?
What does the cur a kiss to draw?
Forsooth, he only gives his paw!
If that is all there needs to please,
I'll do the thing myself, with ease."
Possessed with this bright notion, –
His master sitting on his chair,
At leisure in the open air, –
He ambled up, with awkward motion,
And put his talents to the proof;
Upraised his bruised and battered hoof,
And, with an amiable mien,
His master patted on the chin,
The action gracing with a word –
The fondest bray that ever was heard!
O, such caressing was there ever?
Or melody with such a quaver?
"Ho! Martin! here! a club, a club bring!"
Out cried the master, sore offended.
So Martin gave the ass a drubbing, –
And so the comedy was ended.

Drive sober or get pulled over.

The Old Man And His Sons

All power is feeble with dissension:
For this I quote the Phrygian slave.
If anything I add to his invention,
It is our manners to engrave,
And not from any envious wishes; –
I'm not so foolishly ambitious.
Phaedrus enriches often his story,
In quest – I doubt it not – of glory:
Such thoughts were idle in my breast.
An aged man, near going to his rest,
His gathered sons thus solemnly addressed:
"To break this bunch of arrows you may try;
And, first, the string that binds them I untie." The eldest, having tried with might and main,
Exclaimed, "This bundle I resign
To muscles sturdier than mine."
The second tried, and bowed himself in vain.
The youngest took them with the like success.
All were obliged their weakness to confess.
Unharmed the arrows passed from son to son;
Of all they did not break a single one.
"Weak fellows!" said their sire, "I now must show What in the case my feeble strength can do."
They laughed, and thought their father but in joke, Till, one by one, they saw the arrows broke.
"See, concord's power!" replied the sire; "as long As you in love agree, you will be strong.
I go, my sons, to join our fathers good;
Now promise me to live as brothers should,
And soothe by this your dying father's fears."
Each strictly promised with a flood of tears.
Their father took them by the hand, and died;
And soon the virtue of their vows was tried.
Their sire had left a large estate
Involved in lawsuits intricate;
Here seized a creditor, and there
A neighbour levied for a share.
At first the trio nobly bore
The brunt of all this legal war.
But short their friendship as It was rare.
Whom blood had joined – and small the wonder! – The force of interest drove asunder;
And, as is wont in such affairs,
Ambition, envy, were co-heirs.
In parcelling their sire's estate,
They quarrel, quibble, litigate,
Each aiming to supplant the other.
The judge, by turns, condemns each brother.
Their creditors make new assault,
Some pleading error, some default.
The sundered brothers disagree;
For counsel one, have counsels three.
All lose their wealth; and now their sorrows
Bring fresh to mind those broken arrows.

A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Botvinnik's dangerous line in winawer
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

H Wolf vs Euwe, 1923 
(B83) Sicilian, 45 moves, 0-1

Great pawn sac in the opening !
A Novopashin vs Tal, 1962 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Polgar vs Anand, 2003 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 47 moves, 0-1

Smeets vs Beliavsky, 2006 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 35 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Morozevich, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Nezhmetdinov vs M Damjanovic, 1964 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 27 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

Polgar vs Kramnik, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Kramnik, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D84) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sokolsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C49) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Karpov, 1988 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2006 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Smyslov, 1946 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Carlsen, 2006 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Krush vs V Akopian, 2007 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

D Harika vs Korchnoi, 2007 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 60 moves, 0-1

I Rogers vs Sengupta, 2007 
(C18) French, Winawer, 121 moves, 1-0

Adams vs A Greenfeld, 2007 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 58 moves, 1-0

E Player vs J Sarkar, 2007 
(C28) Vienna Game, 45 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Karpov, 2006 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Kramnik, 1993 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Tiviakov, 2007 
(B01) Scandinavian, 65 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs M Lange, 1859 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1925 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 0-1

Short vs R J Miles, 1976 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Suetin, 1977 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 0-1

K Lie vs V Akopian, 2006 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

P Fogel vs V Akopian, 2007 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 20 moves, 0-1

M Pavlovic vs V Akopian, 2007
(A13) English, 42 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 29 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Shirov, 1996 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Shirov, 1999 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Shirov, 2000 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Kramnik, 2001 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 
(A15) English, 69 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 28 moves, 1-0

Krasenkow vs L Schandorff, 1996 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Capablanca, 1910 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

12 ...nc6!!!
Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

12 ...c5
J Vilardebo Picurena vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 0-1

Radjabov vs Aronian, 2007 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 65 moves, 0-1

Gulko vs Kramnik, 1995 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

De Vere vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Shirov, 2002 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 62 moves, 0-1

Passive pawn moves
Aronian vs Anand, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Carlsen, 2006 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Morozevich, 2007 
(C11) French, 48 moves, 1-0

Znosko-Borovsky vs Alekhine, 1933 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 55 moves, 0-1

Tolush vs Simagin, 1952 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 0-1

Kasimdzhanov vs Anand, 2005 
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

P Littlewood vs D Norwood, 1985 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Taimanov vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

Uhlmann vs Fischer, 1970 
(E73) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 50 moves, 0-1

Mamedyarov vs V Belov, 2003 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 12 moves, 1-0

L Babujian vs Mamedyarov, 2005 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

Rublevsky vs Kasparov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 57 moves, 1-0

P Sternberg vs C Bloodgood, 1959 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 21 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs Gulko, 1989 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Adams, 1992 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 96 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Polgar, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Averbakh vs Smyslov, 1939 
(A06) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Euwe, 1941 
(C58) Two Knights, 23 moves, 1-0

G Jones vs Carlsen, 2007 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 51 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs S Landau, 1939 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

I Krush vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Strikovic vs Topalov, 1988 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 31 moves, 0-1

H Lehmann vs Spassky, 1957 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Kotov vs Petrosian, 1952 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Petrosian, 1954 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 30 moves, 0-1

M Boysan vs Spassky, 1962
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 0-1

A C Yurtseven vs Spassky, 1984
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

R Teschner vs Spassky, 1959 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 78 moves, 0-1

F Kuijpers vs Spassky, 1967 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

A Zozulia vs Short, 2007 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 0-1

J H Donner vs Spassky, 1955 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 32 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Svidler, 1997 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 35 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Spassky, 1959 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Troianescu vs Spassky, 1953 
(C22) Center Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Unzicker vs Tal, 1960 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 26 moves, 0-1

A Naumann vs K Mueller, 1999 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 47 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Shirov, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 0-1

A Planinc vs D Baretic, 1968 
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 0-1

"Rated G" (game of the day Mar-26-2011)
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Scotch Game: Schmidt Var (C45) 0-1 23...? Steinitz annotates
Showalter vs Gossip, 1889  
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: Exchange 0-0-0 vs 0-0 (C41) 1-0 Torched!
Timman vs Fridman, 2007
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Karjakin cranks up a King Hunt with 12. Nxg7!!
Karjakin vs Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Richter-Veresov Attack (A45) 1/2-1/2 N vs B
E Auchenberg vs T Nielsen, 2001 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

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