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  1. Bohemian Treasures
    Games with a loose connection at least; to Bohemia
    13 games, 1862-2002

  2. Classics From the USSR
    Made in Moscu!
    4 games, 1941-1988

  3. Colle System Games
    In the Colle system, if Black gets the Queen Bishop out, say to f5 as many players do and then subsequently e3; chances become rather even; this is key; if not, White sometimes gets a good attack going as shown by it's originating exponent Edgar Colle.

    A pretty fair system and in older books, such as Chernev's "Logical Chess"; a number of examples are to be found.

    3 games, 1923-1930

  4. Faves
    23 games, 1846-2004

  5. Hold on to your Horses! The Fegatello Attack...
    From the famed Fried Liver Attack (1. d4, d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5) to others; I am going to be alert but not altogether weary of entering into these setups; because maybe it puts a little bit of fun in a game; it would be fun if one actually coaxed an opponent into some of these situations; having either side. <--- Here is the Fried Liver attack and a good illustration; <--- Apparently a book is out on this topic. <--- An illustration of what can go wrong! <---- Yet, another fine page to peruse! <---- Dubbing it the "Chigorin Counter-Attack.

    This may be the similar Lolli Attack; 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.d4!

    This collection is in it's infancy and I am not sure if I have it all straight yet. I am not sure if similar situations could rise in the Giuco Piano as well; however the notes in the Batsford Chess Openings edition, reprint 1987 reads on page 308:

    "White may ... plunge into a maelstrom of complications with 4. Ng5, when he must be ready to cope with the main lines stemming from 4. ... d5 as well as the obscurities of 4. ...Bc5!?, the Wilkes/Barre Variation. At present, these discussions are usually conducted in correspondence rather than over-the-board circles due to the intensely confusing positions that result. Theory (and there is a great deal of it available) has yet to reach a definite conclusion concerning these hair-raising lines." (pg. 308)

    I am so-so with artistic endeavors; but this is a bit like Dada and Marcel Duchamp's works to me.

    Update: Neil McDonald in his Concise Chess Openings suggests to play the Knight takes Pawn move; Now, I wouldn't be fearful to stray in these waters if ever confronted by this again; but it is something to be aware of.

    5 games, 1978-1999

  6. Live Games
    8 games, 2005

  7. Masters of the Advanced Pawn/(Promotion)
    I've seen some others do it and Morosevich does it often, I have two other games to add to the list in time.
    1 game, 2005

  8. Notable KG Declined Falkbeer Counter Gambits
    1 game, 1943

  9. O-O Late
    Or O-O-O ; late in the game; also called "delayed castling." I did contemplate this alone but then, to expedite the start of this list and see if there were any like minds on this, searched the internet; the Exeter Chess Club in England has more info on this topic.
    3 games, 1966-2004

  10. Playing against the Tarrasch, French D
    3. ...Nf6 favoured by Petrosian, 3. ...c5 used widely by Uhlmann, 3. ...dxe4 ; finding this is a very common move, it relieves tension in the centre immediately.
    5 games, 1933-1988

  11. Six by Mr. Six Time
    Six illustrative games by six time US Champion (1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983) Walter Browne. Australian born. Dominated Nationally. This listing is subject to change; has only been started in the meantime.

    Updated: It may not be in the data base; but according to various articles Larry Evans has defeated Fischer; just because it is written does not mean this is so; but I clipped out an earlier statement.

    I understand he was a big Backgammon player as well; which to me, Backgammon in complexity is above checkers, below chess; and Backgammon may well be more of a game of chance.

    7 games, 1970-1994

  12. Some games by the "pawn snatcher"
    You've got to type in Evans on the mainpage here to find Larry Evans games, despite victories over 6 World Champions; Euwe, Fischer, Karpov, Petrosian, Smyslov and Spassky. Perhaps it is because it is a "common name"?

    The Chess Master describes Evans as "defensive, a pawn snatcher"; perhaps there is a lot to learn from this long time newspaper columnist; International Grandmaster, author of many books.

    2 games, 1950-1951

  13. The Sarratt Attack/Mason Variation QP Opening
    " 1. d4, d5 2. bf4 " Some sources call this Queen Pawn opening the Sarratt attack and one source said it can even lead to the "London System" One modern day user of this system is Kovacevic (but I need to get it straight as to whether I am speaking about Slobodan, Blazimir or Vladimir).

    If you have used this system; it is very interesting to see some of the same "sorts of situations" set themselves up in these Master's games and one's personal uses.

    Be careful to imply that C4 leads to the Queen's Gambit; Matthew Sadler in his recent book "The Queen's Gambit Declined" specifically writes that in speaking of the QG, we are speaking of 1. d4 d5 2. c4 for White's second move; not NF3 or some of the other choices out there. Both C3 and C4 have been played in this opening I am analysing.

    Concise Chess Openings by McDonald lists the London System on page 285 as "1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 ..."

    Updated: Seirawan calls this line in his book on openings, the Mason variation for James Mason; he doesn't regard it as overly strong, but one would need literally the same Trump card he uses in the book against the system. Pun intended; because in other news; the Trompowsky is called the Levitsky variation!

    Yasser Seirawan remarks on this opening as a way to respond! And his response is not necessarily perfect; but I found as White, you now have to be very careful as to what your response will be.

    1. d4 d5 (by the way, cause the "pros" usually answer with Nf6 to d4, I've found this works decently).

    2. Bf4 Bf5

    3. e3 e6

    4. c4 Bxb1! <---- See that? now White has to play very gingerly!

    5. Qa4+ Nc6

    6. Rxb1 Bb4+

    7. Kd1 Bd6!

    Of course, in this situation, why not c3 or Nbd2 by White, avoiding Seirawans assertions. However, what an interesting idea, take the Queen's Knight, before it can have an effect on the Queen, as a sentry on the Queen's side; a lot here.

    Update: In a similar situation, this is exactly what Seirawan does in game number 10 of this collection; how odd to see it after writing about this 2 months ago. In the game with Spassky, move 5... Bxb1 (the Knight).

    So, a simple underlying theme of the London System would seem to be that if Black plays one of the Indian Defences, whereby wrestling some initiative of the game from being a Queen's Gambit; then, White can indeed, play this against the KID or others; and do the same to Black.

    Not yet, released, but at Amazon there is a coming book on the "London System" :

    10 games, 1882-2005

  14. Trompowsky Attack
    One might refer this in turn to my Sarratt Attack collection if you don't wish for as agressive of a game or to trade the dark squared Bishop early.

    As discussed in the Sarratt attack thread; this opening is called the Levitsky by Seirawat.

    2 games, 1912-2004

  15. Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games
    1. Tarrasch Variation, games 1-21

    2. Nimzowitsch (Winawer) Variation, games 22-42

    3. Advance Variation, games 43-47

    4. King's Indian Attack, games 48-51

    5. Exchange Variation, games 52-56

    6. Other lines, games 57-60

    Will put these games in proper order at some future date; I do not believe all games are accounted for. From the book "Winning with the French"

    I've got to say, even though my understanding of the French is probably superficial compared to it's Grandmaster Exponents;

    It comes down to choosing either the volatile Winawer in certain situations or the Classical line.

    For those who know it; the "Winawer-Nimzowitsch" variation may be too close for comfort for some, too volatile.

    In Neil McDonald's Concise Chess Openings (CCO), I am under the impression, that one may be able to play the "Classical Variation" (and linked to the McCutcheon variation, but check it out yourself) of the French instead of the Winawer.

    This is still under research. I may be wrong. We all know, these lists are mainly the users and at times, we would not even care to let others know what we are thinking, but so it is...

    There are no games in the database for Uhlmann in using either the McCutcheon or Classical variations;

    Note the game I have included below, very illustrative is the game of Reinhart Fuchs vs Wolfgang Uhlmann. The French comes crashing down like a house of cards and Black resigns by move 26. It is scenarios like the Fuchs Uhlmann game that has led me to think out that playing the Classical may lead to a more quieter game.

    Also, since there are some games in the book but not in the database, it is good reason to include "extra" "not-in-the-book" games.

    23 games, 1959-1990

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