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  1. 1 G4!!
    62 games, 1957-1990

  2. 98_A00 - 1.c3 - Saragossa Theme Tourmt 1922 & mo
    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. (

    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

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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.

    ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3 ♙c3

    Check the comments on for LOLs :D


    GM database:

    15 games, 1515-2015

  3. 98_A02 1.f4 My hand slipped + I missed my e-pawn
    <1.f4> My hand slipped and I missed my e-pawn by a small margin.

    Game Collection: World Champions face 1. f4

    83 games, 1862-2017

  4. 98_D05/A46_Colle Zukertort (the b3-Colle)
    The b3-Colle, a.k.a. <Rubinstein Attack>, a strategy you can use the rest of your life.

    The Colle-Zukertort, or more accurately the <"Zukertort variation of the Colle System,"> is a chess opening strategy where White locks up the center, causing transportation issues for Black, and can then attack the enemy King.

    <One variation on the Colle is the Colle–Zukertort System (named for Johannes Zukertort), characterized by developing the dark-squared bishop on b2. The typical plan is: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bd3 c5 5.b3 Nc6 6.0-0 Bd6 7.Bb2 0-0. In this variation White will eventually play for a kingside attack, despite his apparently innocuous development. This system has been frequently employed at grandmaster level by Artur Yusupov.>

    Rudel, David (2009). Zuke 'Em: The Colle–Zukertort Revolutionized. Thinkers Press. ISBN 1-888710-39-X

    check Game Collection: Anti-KIDs

    85 games, 1881-2016

  5. A A A Zukertort System [White]
    41 games, 2016-2018

  6. A01 - 1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6
    A01 - 1
    74 games, 2002-2011

  7. A09 Reti: General [White]
    43 games, 2012-2013

  8. A43 Old Benoni [Black]
    52 games, 2010-2013

  9. B07 Pirc: Czech [Black]
    37 games, 1988-2018

  10. B07 Pirc: General with Bd3 [Black]
    31 games, 1964-2015

  11. benoni and benko gambit
    101 games, 1926-2014

  12. BIRD On The Bird's Opening-n-The Bird-Defence
    The True Origin Of The Bird's Opening-n-The R. L. Bird-Defence- "Henry Edward Bird"
    32 games, 1873-1895

  13. d6 g6 Robatsch Rats & Modern Snipers & Misfits
    The initial collection was originally compiled by IMlday, entitled "Hot Rats" demonstrating mostly Black wins. Thank you IMlday!

    Fredthebear intends to rid his cargo ships of rats and pterodactyls into this collection as he comes across the grimy critters. (Rats are not on Fredthebear's menu.) IMlday's hot collection will remain unaltered a top the list. Of course, as readers know by now, Fredthebear cross-contaminates his full-sized collections with co-workers, neighbors, country cousins, wedding crashers, used car salesmen, ex-ball players, part-time play-by-play announcers, cooks, waiters, waitresses, bartenders, gardeners, golfers, geeks, substitute teachers, comedians, musicians, disco dancers, rodeo clowns, imposters, tour guides, models, make-up artists, photographers, writers, directors, roadies, truckers, bikers, hikers, kayakers, sailors, storm chasers, dog trainers, cat groomers, dairy farmers, bankers, bakers, candlestick makers, artists, sculptors, weavers, whatevers, machinists, mechanics, secret agents, free agents, psychologists, physical therapists, deacons, doppelgangers, preachers, pastors, rabbis, rent-a-cops, retired circus acts, vendors, vampires, trash collectors, taxi drivers, roofers, dry wallers, insurance examiners, grandmothers and pops, celebrities, fans, chess masters and wannabees. Welcome one and all; we'll find a place for you. However, please point out any members of the lying, scheming, manipulating national media who dare to be present so they can be taken out back for a personal roasting.

    The one and only Mikhail Tal is expected to make an appearance, too.

    * FYI:
    - The Rat (Canadian name for 1...g6 2...Bg7)
    - The Pterodactyl (Canadian name for The Rat with 3...c5) This is according to: Page 181 of "The Complete Chess Addict" by Mike Fox and Richard James, Faber & Faber, Printed in Great Britain 1987.

    Canadian master and writer Johnathan Berry lists The Rat as 1...g6 2...d6 3...Bg7 on Page 54 of "The Pocket Guide to Chess," Master Point Press, Toronto, Canada 2005.

    * 1...g6: Game Collection: A40 Modern: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (Black)

    * 1...g6: Game Collection: ...g6, ...Bg7, ...c5

    * Modern Defense: Game Collection: A40 Modern: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (Black)

    * Know this to understand that:

    * Know this too:

    * Similar, yet different:

    * Black...d6 Resources: Game Collection: 1...d6. A very interesting opening with no name

    * Lines to ask the computer:

    * Are you the next BF?

    * Anti-London: Game Collection: Anti London

    * Trends: Game Collection: TRENDS Pirc without Classical (McNab)

    235 games, 1849-2019

  14. Flying with the Bird
    18 games, 1873-2014

  15. Great Bird's Opening Games
    A toast to a underrated and strong choice for white. I include both beautiful games with the Bird's and games played by WC's and other great players.
    21 games, 1879-2006

  16. Grob opening
    18 games, 1960-1990

  17. Halloween Gambit -Let's Sack a Knight on Move 4
    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5? or 4.Nxe5! depending on your point of view. Sound? Unsound ? Whatever 8) It leads to interesting play.

    It can be arrived by the Vienna game move order as well or played with a delay 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4. a3 g6 5.Nxe5! . Black can also play a reverse Halloween 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. g3 Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5. (see Carlsen and Friedel games within)

    When the Knight on e5 is confronted with the d4 push, Black normally response is Nc6 (Exit Stage Right) or Ng6 (Exit Stage Left). However, the gambit can also be declined, normally played with Bb4 or Qe7. These moves are played in many of the lines.

    My rule of thumb while playing white. Always push the pawn to attack Black's Knight nearest the Queenside. So with the NC6 line play d5 and upon this knight moving to Ne5 play f4 and then e5 hitting the Knight on f6. (a goal of this line is to get a supported pawn to d6 and stunts regarding the c7 square, pawn of h7,and g6)

    In the Nf6 line start with d4 followed by e5. These lines put pressure on the f7 squares ...Bc4,Qf3,0-0.

    Like many gambit lines, the themes is to continually build pressure, open lines, gain tempos,prevent the opponents development,keep Blacks king in the center and hunt for combinations. It's been noted that in the early stages the Halloween Gambit/Halloween Attack practically plays itself.

    Tim Krause's nice article about HG history, Brause and practical play.

    An elaborate Tabita on the Halloween Gambit by Paul Keiser

    Steffan Jacobs Brause 2 page Tabita

    Deep Rybka analysis with board viewer

    Best Play is often found in the games of the Mysterious Mr Michev. Grigor Minchev . Many which are found in this collection.

    I created this collection as I learn to play this fun opening. (borrowed heavily from other collections.thanks Kraco).... Game Collection: Halloween attack .

    78 games, 1906-2015

  18. Having your way with Birds
    The From Gambit is often claimed to be theoretically doubtful. These games are intended to illustrate the variety of Black's attacking chances (and not just against beginners who stumble into mate on the e1-h4 diagonal). They all feature the Lasker variation (...g5, ...g4), which these days seems all but universal.
    13 games, 1892-2005

  19. Hippo games!!
    38 games, 1959-2008

  20. hot rats
    64 games, 1903-2010

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