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  1. "Mastering Chess Strategy" - Hellsten
    Several games taken in chronological order from Hellsten's book on strategy "Mastering Chess Strategy" (2010).

    The idea here is to offer a potpourri of games from his book to illustrate the strategies he covers in much greater depth in the 489 pages.

    15 games, 1927-1998

  2. "Mastering Chess Strategy" - Hellsten
    Several games taken in chronological order from Hellsten's book on strategy "Mastering Chess Strategy" (2010).

    The idea here is to offer a potpourri of games from his book to illustrate the strategies he covers in much greater depth in the 489 pages.

    15 games, 1927-1998

  3. ** Collections of Collections- sourcebook
    26 games, 1866-2008

  4. 1.c4 spotted Fredthebear
    More games to come from Fredthebear.

    * Pachman's games: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...


    366 games, 1901-2020

  5. 125 Greatest Chess Games
    according to The Mammoth Book of The World's Greatest Chess Games, New Expanded Edition, by Graham Burgess, John Nunn, and John Emms.

    # above the game represents how many votes it gets by these 3 authors.

    In several games here, some opening move orders are slightly different from the book.

    125 games, 1834-2010

  6. 29p_PAWN endgames
    [taht iz whaen noh piezez R laeft]

    Pawn endings do not arise out of nowhere; we know of course that every pawn ending started out as an endgame with more pieces on the board....

    The main concepts of king and pawn endings are well known, and will be summarized only briefly here:

    < 1. King activity. This is frequently critical in all sorts of endings, but never more so than when the kings are the only pieces remaining.

    < 2. Opposition. King opposition, both direct and distant, are key ideas in such endings. Triangulation, to lose a tempo and transfer the move to the opponent, is a standard technique.

    < 3. Outside passed pawns are often decisive, as are protected passed pawns. Such passed pawns often result from combinational breakthroughs.

    < 4. Above all, king and pawn endings are probably the most concrete of all, in that tempi are usually vital, and variations are everything. There is usually little scope for general strengthening moves, of the sort which are common in other endings. In king and pawn endings, it is generally essential to be able to calculate everything in detail. >>>> - Steve Giddins

    Basic pawn endgames: http://jeremysilman.com/chess_orlov...

    Pawn Endgames: Beauty and the Beast: http://www.chess.com/article/view/p...

    reviews of Glenn Fear's book on pawn endgames: http://www.karlonline.org/kol51.htm http://www.chessville.com/reviews/S...

    http://www.thechessmill.com/instruc...

    <"The older I grow, the more I value Pawns."> - Paul Keres

    ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙

    Chess Song from the Internet

    Another interest chess resource on the Internet is the Chess-L mailing list. Here chess enthusiasts are able to send comments to the entire subscription list (about 800 at last count) by sending a single message to the list maintainer. A recent topic for discussion was pawn endings. Here is one of the more delightful replies (reproduced by permission) by Chess-L member David Moody:

    "GM Alexander Baburin provides a list of things you need to know about pawn endings:

    "opposition reserved tempo and triangulation square the pawn outflanking and elbowing locking up more active King pawn race transformation into a Queen ending passed pawn creation:

    "Breakthrough passed pawn creation on opposite flanks: self marching pawns self-supporting pawns stalemate outside passed pawns protected passed pawns better pawn structure corresponding squares.

    ===

    The most elementary of chess positions. All things being equal, every position must be judged in relation to the pawn ending. Important concepts in these endgames include <king activity> <opposition> <triangulation> along with <zugzwang> <pawn breaks> <passed pawns> <square of the pawn> and <promotion/under-promotion>.

    Queen endings can also arise from close pawn endings when both sides promote.

    ===

    "That's a beautiful list. Some might be moved to poetry. I have no idea what I was moved to, as I couldn't get the Disney song "It's a small world" out of my mind.

    "You may want to sing along. Then again, you may want to delete this immediately and censor me forever."

    IT'S A PAWN GAME

    Chorus:

    It's a pawn game after all!
    It's a pawn game after all!
    It's a pawn game after all!
    It's a pawn end game.
    There is some outflanking and elbowing,
    There is locking up the more active king,
    When you triangulate, be prepared for stalemate, It's a pawn game after all!
    If your opposition should square a pawn,
    Use your reserved tempo and race one down,
    When a breakthrough is seen, they transform into queens, It's a pawn game after all!

    Pawns are self-supporting, self-marching too,
    They're outside, protected, and passed to boot,
    Better structure is theirs, corresponding to squares, It's a pawn game after all!

    --- David Moody

    (It's a small brain after all...)
    http://www.angelfire.com/mi/JFrankl... ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙

    check also: Game Collection: Pawn Endgames

    146 games, 1858-2018

  7. 98_B07-B09_150 Attack
    The 150 Attack is a system for White against all Modern and Pirc Defence players. We shall examine all the ways Black can reach his desired set-up, whether it be from a Barry Attack move-order <1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Be3>, or otherwise. I used to play the Pirc Defence in order to lure White onto unfamiliar territory from an early stage. I suspect that, like myself, the majority of club players who try the Pirc or Modern Defence do so because they are intimidated by the more usual mainline openings. By opting out, Black has greater opportunities to confuse White with his various move-orders, which are hard to pin down.

    What White needs is a simple, yet effective response, which can be used against any black system. The 150 Attack fits the bill perfectly. White negotiates the course of events on his own terms. I feel the 150 Attack is putting Black off playing the Pirc/Modern Defences at all levels. It has been successfully adopted by the world's elite, such as Kasparov, Anand, Topalov and Leko, to name just a few. To whet your appetite, here is an attractive white victory, from a super-grandmaster clash. ...

    35 games, 1952-2007

  8. 98_B07-B09_150 Attack
    The 150 Attack is a system for White against all Modern and Pirc Defence players. We shall examine all the ways Black can reach his desired set-up, whether it be from a Barry Attack move-order <1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Be3>, or otherwise. I used to play the Pirc Defence in order to lure White onto unfamiliar territory from an early stage. I suspect that, like myself, the majority of club players who try the Pirc or Modern Defence do so because they are intimidated by the more usual mainline openings. By opting out, Black has greater opportunities to confuse White with his various move-orders, which are hard to pin down.

    What White needs is a simple, yet effective response, which can be used against any black system. The 150 Attack fits the bill perfectly. White negotiates the course of events on his own terms. I feel the 150 Attack is putting Black off playing the Pirc/Modern Defences at all levels. It has been successfully adopted by the world's elite, such as Kasparov, Anand, Topalov and Leko, to name just a few. To whet your appetite, here is an attractive white victory, from a super-grandmaster clash. ...

    35 games, 1952-2007

  9. 98_B35-B39(+B27/B32)_(Hyper-)Accelerated Dragon
    The Accelerated Dragon begins with the moves:
    <1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6> The Accelerated Dragon features an early ...g6 by Black. An important difference between this line and the Dragon is that Black avoids playing ...d7–d6, so that he can later play ...d7–d5 in one move, if possible. Black also avoids the Yugoslav Attack, but since White has not been forced to play Nc3 yet, 5.c4 (the Marσczy Bind) is possible. The Accelerated Dragon generally features a more positional style of play than many other variations of the Sicilian.

    ...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicili...

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    <B27 - Hyperaccelerated Dragon / Sniper < 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 >>


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    <B38 / B39 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Be3 >


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    <1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 d6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 0-0 10.Qd2 Be6 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.f3 Rfc8 13.b3 a6 > the tabiya of the <Gurgenidze Variation <>>


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    <1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Qd8 8. Nc3 Nf6 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O d6 11. Nd4 >


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    Opening Explorer yet another important starting point (1377 games)

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    which leads to < 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 d6 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Qd2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bc6 12.f3 a5 >


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    Opening Explorer (305 games)

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    http://www.ez-net.com/~mephisto/Und...

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    PH Nielsen vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVc9... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uef1...

    Here's a book overview from User: parisattack:

    ACCELERATED DRAGON BOOKS
    The Accelerated Dragon is getting a fresh look with Lalic's upcoming book.

    The AD may appeal to those looking for a defense with basic strategical ideas, a mostly fixed pawn structure and small number of candidate moves.

    The Sniper and Pterodactyl are closely related - and - some of the regular Dragon tomes cover the AD, also:

    Edritrice Accelerated Dragon B36-B39
    Edritrice Accelerated Dragon B34-B35
    Greet Starting Out: Accelerated Dragon
    Kristiansen Trends in the Accelerated Dragon
    Lalic Play the Accelerated Dragon
    Levy Sicilian - Accelerated Dragons
    Nielsen Accelarated Dragon
    Silman Accelerated Dragons
    Wade New Ideas in the Accelerated Dragon

    Henley Crushing White: The Sniper 1
    Henley Crushing White: The Sniper 2
    Schiller Fly the Pterodactyl
    Storey The Sniper

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    <Sicilian Dragon Webliography> http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/...

    <How Wojo Won: The Accelerated Dragon> http://www.uschess.org/content/view...

    Bent Larsen plays acc. Dragon: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

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    ACCELERATED DRAGON, <UOGELE VARIATION> 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 a5


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    <Uogele help> http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yab... <Gurgenidze system> http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yab...

    <Dragon’s Dream> http://www.chesscafe.com/text/lane1... <Acc. Dragon> http://www.chesscafe.com/text/accdr...

    All games: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

    Black's most often B35 player http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

    <The Accelerated Dragon - Destroy White! - GM Perelshteyn> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11M...

    <Bologan Stole My Novelty! (Sort of.)> by Dennis M. http://chessstuff.blogspot.de/2005/... + <an acc.Dragon update>: http://chessstuff.blogspot.de/2005/...

    check also: Game Collection: Dragon Slayer Game Collection: NIKKI ACCELERATED DRAGON Game Collection: reurbz maroczy Game Collection: Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36) Game Collection: tpstar SM

    Introduction to Sicilian (for black)
    ACCELERATED DRAGON

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    Early deviations from main line
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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6
    5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Qd4 Nf6 7.e5 Nd5 8.e6 f6 9.exd7+ Bxd7 10.Bc4 e5 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6
    7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 11.Bc4 0–0 12.0–0 Bb7 13.Qd3 Bxe5 14.Bxa7 Rc8 15.Bd4 Bxh2+ 16.Kxh2 Qc7+ 17.Kg1 Qxc4 18.Qxc4 Rxc4 19.c3 f6 11.Bxa7 Rxb2 12.Bc4 e6 13.Qd2 Bxe5 14.0–0 Qc7 15.Bd4 Qd6 16.Rfd1 Qxd4 17.Qxd4 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Rxc2 7.Be2 0–0 8.0–0 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 Qxd5 11.Bf3 Qc4 7.Bc4 0–0
    8.0–0 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bd3 dxe4 12.Bxe4 Ba6 13.Qxd8 Rfxd8 8.f3 Qb6 9.Bb3 Nxe4 10.Nd5 (if Nxe4 then Bxd4) Qa5+ 11.c3 Nc5 12.Nxc6 dxc6 13.Nxe7+ Kh8 14.Nxc8 Raxc8 15.0–0 Rcd8

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    Main line (Uogele variation)
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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Bb3 a5 9.0–0 a4 10.Nxa4 Nxe4 11.Nb5 Ra6
    9.a4 Ng4
    10.Qxg4 Nxd4 11.Qh4 Nxb3 12.cxb3 Ra6 10.Nxc6 Nxe3 11.Nxd8 Nxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Rxd8 9.a3 Ng4 10.Qxg4 Nxd4 11.Qd1 Nxb3 12.cxb3 d6
    9.f3 d5
    10.Bxd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Nb4 12.Nde2 Bf5 13.Rc1 b5 14.0–0 Rc8 15.Nd4 Bxd4 16.Qxd4 Nxc2 17.Rxc2 Bxc2 18.Bh6 e5 19.Qxe5 f6 20.Qd4 Rf7 21.Nxb5 Rb7 10.exd5 Nb4 11.Nde2 a4 12.Nxa4 Nfxd5 13.Bf2 Bf5 14.0–0 b5 15.Nac3 Nxc3 16.Nxc3 Qxd1 17.Rfxd1 Bxc2 18.Bxc2 Nxc2 19.Rac1 Bxc3 20.Rxc2 Bf6 10.Nxd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Nb4 12.c4 a4 13.Bc2 e5 14.Ne2 Qh4+ 15.Bf2 Qxc4

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    Maroczy bind
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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4 8.Nxc6 Nxe3 9.Nxd8 Nxd1 10.Nxd1 Kxd8
    8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 Ne6 10.Rc1
    10... b6 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.0–0 0–0 13.b4 Rc8 (solid) 10... Qa5 11. Bd3 b6 12.O-O g5!? 13.Bb1 Ba6 (or Bb7) 14.Nd5 Bxb2 15.Bd2 Qc5 16.Bb4 Qd4 17.Qa4 Bb7 18.Rcd1 Bxd5 19.Rxd4 Bc6 20.Qc2 Bxd4 (aggressive) 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 Ne6 10.Qd2
    10... d6 11.Be2 Bd7 12.0–0 0–0 13.Rad1 Bc6 (solid) 10... Qa5 11.Rc1 b6 12.Bd3 Bb7 13.O-O g5!? 14.Rfd1 d6 15.a3 Qe5 16.f3 h5 17.Bf1 h4 18.Rc2 Kf8 (aggressive) 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 Ne6 10.Be2 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 Qa5 12.Qd2 d6 13.O-O Bd7 14.f4 Bc6 15.Bf3 f6 12.O-O Qxc3 13.c5 Qe5 14.Qd5 f6 15.Rad1 Qxd5 16.exd5 Ng7

    http://fpawn.com/chess/AcceleratedD...

    ΰ propos trying to break out of the MAROCZY BIND?! --> https://kevinspraggettonchess.files...

    500 games, 1885-2015

  10. A A Anti-Sicilian.Najdorf (Kan) [Black]
    79 games, 1964-2017

  11. A course of study
    23 games, 1908-2003

  12. A Killer Chess Opening Repertoire
    This is a collection of the games covered in Aaron Summerscale's and Sverre Johnson's repertoire book that are in the CG database. There are 68 games in the book. Many of the games are not in the CG database.


    24 games, 1883-2005

  13. A Players Announced to Fredthebear's Audience
    This is a thinning out of the A B C collection. Adolf Anderssen, Alexander Alekhine and Vishy Anand already have their own separate collections, so most of their games will not be included here unless they played another A player. The same goes for Mickey Adams.

    The games of Levon Aronian, rated as high as 2830 top the list. All other players are mixed in chronological order toward the bottom.

    * Match Aronian! Game Collection: Match Aronian!

    * 200+ games: Game Collection: Aronian's Games 4 Study

    * Adolf Anderssen miniatures: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

    Site under construction by Fredthebear.

    464 games, 1801-2018

  14. A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    This is a collection of games from Sam Collins's excellent book, "A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White," which presents a complete king's pawn repertoire focused around the isolated queen's pawn (IQP) and related lines -- generally where White plays for dark square control and attack in an open position. This is a very good repertoire for ambitious young players because it teaches an important pawn structure that can arise in a wide range of both d-pawn or e-pawn openings, and it therefore creates the basis for assimilating a wide range of opening ideas. Though I am personally interested in some variations in the book more than others, I have long been interested in the IQP structure and have found much of value in the book on the IQP generally -- as I had from Collins's earlier opening repertoire for White titled "An Attacking Repertoire for White" (which also focused on the IQP but with rather less "simple" lines). Ambitious players would do well to also spend some time studying the isolated queen pawn structure. I would especially recommend finding GM Alexandr Baburin's now classic "Winning Pawn Structures"; the book is out of print and often available only at inflated prices, but a number of .pdf copies can readily be found on the web, including at Scribd. I have also found the book "Isolani Strategy" by Alexander Beliavsky, Oleg Stetsko, and Adrian Mikhalchishin of use, though it is also becoming more rare. For those less interested in books, there are a number of online videos and articles that can be of help as well. One useful resources is titled "1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 White Repertoire Webliography," which links to videos and articles on lines very similar to those discussed by Collins in his 1.e4 e5 repertoire.

    The weakest part of the repertoire is the French Defense, which is based on ideas developed by Denis Yevseev in Fighting the French: A New Concept (nearly 400 pages of dense analysis on this line). Though playable at the amateur level, there are lots of ways for Black to do well if he knows the theory. I would simplify the repertoire more by recommending the Monte Carlo Exchange French with 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 (you can find good analysis online). This way White can transpose to familiar territory from the Scandinavian as well after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4!? with the idea of returning the pawn to 3...c6 (Panov-Botvinnik) or 3...e6 (Monte Carlo Exchange French - Game Collection: French Defense, Monte Carlo Exchange Variation or https://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/...).

    You can also simplify more by playing the Hunt or Chase Variation against the Alekhine (1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5!?), which can transpose to the c3 Sicilian (though White has other ideas too -- see the game Mazukewitsch - Kandaurov, Tula 1967, for example). And it would be good to learn the main line Panov-Botvinnik against the Caro-Kann -- though that does not simplify White's task - see http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2....

    40 games, 1964-2017

  15. A00 English. KID [White] BRAVO
    25 games, 1993-2016

  16. Accelerated Dragon 2nd collection
    Maroczy Bind Breyer variation
    45 games, 1920-2017

  17. Accelerated Dragons
    This is a collection of Accelerated Dragons, transpositions to the Accelerated Dragon (usually where a Maroczy bind formation comes up after 1 c4 c5), and Sicilians with different classifications featuring an early fianchetto of Black's kingside bishop. Openings with anti-Accelerated Dragon lines by white have also been included, since they will probably still be of interest to Accelerated Dragon players.
    57 games, 1955-2007

  18. Alekhine Alert by Timothy Taylor
    Gipslis vs Larsen, 1967
    19 games, 1925-2008

  19. All annotated games by great GMs
    This includes only annotated games whether it is a draw or win. I hope this will help me see the games from GMs' perspective.
    15 games, 1834-2004

  20. An Opium Repertoire for White
    that's what you'd have to be smoking to play it.
    40 games, 1903-2008

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