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  1. BRCC: 1. d4 Games For White and Black
    1.d4 Games For White and Black

    I. 9 Example Games For White Based on Berliner's System. Note A: Berliner does not give much on the Slav (games 4-6) at the end of his book. What he does give, 4 cxd5 cxd5 5 f3, does not seem to work. I think 4. Nf3 come closest to meeting the system's objectives. Note B: Berliner admits he does not have a system move for the Nimzo-Indian. Think about 4. f3. It challenges Black's idea to hold up a pawn push to e4.

    II. 5 Example Games for the Colle.

    III. 4 Example Games For Black With The Queen's Gambit Tarrasch Defense. This defense eliminates most of the problems our players have with the QGD.

    IV. 5 Example Games For Black Based on a Setup Recommended by Purdy.

    V. 8 Example Games For Black With the Benko Gambit.

    Benko Gambit hints for play after bxa6 Bxa6:

    ___A. If White offers to trade bishops at f1, then trade immediately to slow down White’s development.

    ___B. Place the rooks on a8 and b8. The queen does well on a5 or, if bishops are exchanged, a6.

    ___C. Work a knight into d3 and look for combinations at b2. e4 and a4 are also good for the knights.

    ___D. Use g4 as a springboard to help the knight travel to e5 and then d3. However, if White can drive the knight away with h3 and f4, you will lose time and White will gain it.

    ___E. If you play pawn from c5 to c4 to break up White’s pawns, make sure you control b4. If White can play b4 after Black’s ..c4, White will have connected passed pawns.

    ___F. A pawn break to ..e6 can help break up White’s center in the middle game.

    ___G. Black often has an endgame advantage even if queens are traded.

    ___H. In the endgame, consider ..f5 to break White’s pawns and marching the king to e5.

    Benko Gambit hints for b6 Qxb6:

    ___I. ..Ne8 is often seen opening the diagonal for the bishop. The knight can travel to c7 and beyond from there.

    ___H. In both example games, Black fights to trade pieces off of c4, especially the knights.

    Benko Gambit hints for cxb5 a6 e3:

    ___J. Do not take on b5 because it helps White develop the bishop.

    ___K. Take advantage of the fact that White does not have a pawn on e4 to help the d5 pawn. Develop the kingside, fianchetto the queen’s bishop and hit with ..e6 to break up the center.

    VI. 6 Example Games For White With The Colle-Zukertort.


    39 games, 1899-2009

  2. BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black
    1. e4 Games For White and Black.

    1. Giuoco Piano - "No Brainer" Lopez - 7 Example Games You can get a middle game position typical of a closed Ruy Lopez from this opening. It avoids needing to learn Ruy Lopez lines like the Berlin, Open, Schliemann, Zaitsev, Marshall, and others. Here are key points to remember:

    ___A. Pawn to c3 supports an eventual pawn push to d4 creates a home for the bishop on c2.

    ___B. Play d3 as soon as you see ..Nf6.

    ___C. When Black plays ..a6, you must play Bb3. Otherwise Black plays ..Na5, attacks the bishop, and wins the two bishop advantage.

    ___D. If Black plays ..Na5 after you have played Bb3, then the bishop can escape to c2.

    ___E. If Black plays ..Na5 before playing ..a6, then you can play Bb5.

    ___F. Play h3 so you can play Re1. The move h3 stops ..Ng4 by Black, hitting f2.

    ___G. Nbd2 is played early to help support e4. The classic Ruy Lopez maneuver Nb1-Nbd2-Nf1 is often played. From f1, the knight can go to g3 or e3.

    ___H. It is OK, in fact often good, to delay castling to finish your knight maneuver to g3. The king is safe.

    ___I. If Black plays ..d5 to get at you uncastled king, then Qe2 defends quite well.

    ___J. Sometimes players like to exchange off Black's active bishop on a7 by playing Be3. The knight on f1 jumps into an active position after the exchange.

    ___K. If Black fails to play a pawn break to d5, then White can play a pawn break to d4 his pieces well placed.

    2. Play the Philidor Defense, Exchange Variation - The closest thing to a "No Brainer" defense - 3 example games

    3. Play the Modern Steinitz Against the Ruy Lopez - 5 Example Games.

    4. Defend Against 1.e4 with Giuoco Piano - 5 Example Games.

    5. Defend Against 1.e4 Scotch - 2 Example Games

    6. White Against The Petrov - 2 Example Games

    7. White plays the Scotch - 5 Example Games

    8. White playes the Spanish Four Knights - 6 Example Games

    9. Check out the ..e6 Sicilians. Especially the Sicilian Kan example games, traps to avoid, and tricks to know.

    76 games, 1620-2010

  3. BRCC: Against The Sicilian
    1. The Kings Indian Attack aginst the Sicilian - Three example games

    2. Anti Sicilian: Grand Prix Bail Out - 8 example games

    - 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 if Black plays something other than 3..Nd4, then transpose to the Grand Prix with 4. Bxc6 and 5. f4 (See the first two Grand Prix games)

    - 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 then "Bail Out" of the Grand Prix and play 4. Bc4 (See the 3rd 4th 5th Grand Prix games)

    - 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 then play the Grand Prix (See the 6th and 7th Anti-Sicilian games)

    - 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 then play the Grand Prix (See the 8th Anti-Sicilian game)

    3. Sicilian Alapin - 11 example games

    4. Open Sicilian Attacks


    40 games, 1967-2013

  4. BRCC: Attacking Repertoire
    This is a repertoire for scholastic and beginning players. It emphasizes lines where the number of forcing moves your opponent must master outnumber the forcing lines you must master.

    These are high risk lines that you must study to play succesfully. The advantage: You gain lots of experience in tactical situations with these lines. The drawback: It takes a lot of time to learn these lines well enough to play. Time studying openings takes time away from more important stuff like working on tactics.

    Consider the BRCC Strategic Repertorie for lines to reach a safe middle game with less opening preparation.

    For White:

    Games 1 - 4: Sicilian Grand Prix. This is a good attacking Anti-Sicilian line, but White should use the 3. Bb5 system if Black plays 2. Nc6. You can find more on the GBW way to play the Grand Prix here: Game Collection: BRCC: Against The Sicilian

    Games 5 - 8: Scotch Gambit. For more Scotch Gambit ideas check out "A Lazy Player's Guide To The Scotch Gambit" http://web.archive.org/web/20020803... Many of our players like the Italian Game (3. Bc4). You can find another agressive way to play here: Game Collection: BRCC: Mad Italian Openings For White

    Games 9 -10: French Nc3 Variations (Winawer and Classical)See Game Collection: French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation and Game Collection: FRENCH CLASSICAL for more.

    For Black: Most of the repertoire is based on responding to 1. e4 with ..e5. If you want another approach, consider the Sicilian Sveshnikov: Game Collection: BRCC: Sicilian Sveshnikov, Paulsen, & Neo-Paulse

    Games 11 - 13: Two Knights Defense. I hesitate to recommend this. Make sure you learn this system well if you are going to play it. There is a lot to learn here. Check out this game collection: Game Collection: Two Knights Additional Study Also check out this excellent collection on the Traxler Counter-attack:Game Collection: Wandering Tour through the Traxler Counterattack The Giuoco Piano is a less risky alternative: Game Collection: BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black

    Games 14-15: Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense This is complex, but fun, approach. You can (and need to) learn more here: Game Collection: repertorio gaston If the Schliemann is not for you consider the Marshall Attack - Game Collection: MARSHALL GAMBIT

    Game 16: Scotch, Classical

    Game 17: Four Knights Game

    Games 18 - 20: Against 1 d4, play the Albin Countergambit - There are more games to look at here: Game Collection: Albin


    22 games, 1916-2008

  5. BRCC: Mad Italian Openings For White
    For our players who play 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4......... If you want an agressive, tactical, attacking game Then play the Evans Gambit or the Two Knights with 4. Ng5
    23 games, 1610-2006

  6. BRCC: Sicilian Sveshnikov, Paulsen, & Neo-Paulse
    Sicilian Sveshnikov (1-11)

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5!? 6.Nbd5 d6

    "Nevermind that hole on d5 - it can be worked around. Meanwhile concentrate on easy development and great piece play. The target is clear. We're out to get the white king." (Thanks to azaris for this quote)

    Key features:
    1) Play revolves around d5. White occupies it and Black pressures it.

    2) White's knight is awkwardly placed on a3.

    3) White slightly lags in development.

    4) White has less freedom in the center and the kingside.

    5) Black gains the bishop pair in the frequently played Bxf6 variations.

    Notice in the first 3 games Black gives up or offers to give up an f pawn in return for piece coordination and a chance to advance the other f pawn.

    Also: Note the Sveshnikov traps to know/avoid.

    Sicilian Neo-Paulsen (12-21)

    This variation is fairly new and goes by a couple of names. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 and then 5..b5. Kveinys is considered one of the pioniers for this variation. Smirin, Epishin and Kengis have played it frequently. Kasparov and J. Polgar have played it in blitz.

    23 games, 1986-2006

  7. BRCC: Strategic Repertoire
    This is a repertoire for beginning players. It emphasizes lines where the number of forcing moves are limited. If you fail to find the best move, often other moves are playable too. The setups are similar in many variations. Even though your chances of winning through an opening surprise are limited, you can still gain an advantage over your opponent. Why? Because you will have more experience with these similar setups.

    These are low risk lines. The time you need to learn them initially is less than what is needed for an attacking repertoire. The advantage: You can spend more time studying important things like tactics by using easy to remember setups like this. The drawback: There is not much tactical fighting in these lines, so you may not gain the practical experience you need with tactics.

    Consider the BRCC Attacking Repertorie if these lines are too quiet for you.

    For White: This repertoire is based on 1. d4. Many of our players will balk at playing anything except 1. e4. If you are that kind of player, check out the Pseudo-Lopez games here:Game Collection: BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black and the Sicilian Alapin games here: Game Collection: BRCC: Against The Sicilian

    Games 1 - 3: Kings Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

    Games 4-8 are based on the Catalan Opening. You can find more instructive games here: Game Collection: Chesscake's Catalan Games

    Games 4 - 5: Catalan Openings Starting With 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6: Play 3. g3 right away or you might end up in a Queens Indian Defense. The examples provided are closed Catalans where Black does not play dxc4.

    Game 6: Closed Catalan Openings Starting With 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf6 4. g3

    Games 7 - 8: Open Catalan Openings Starting With 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3. Black will have to work to develop his queen's bishop. Usually, there is a struggle to stop ..c5 by Black. White usually does not have the time to try b3, Bb2.

    Game 9: Slav or Semi-Slav: If you get an early c6, it usually does not pay to fianchetto. Instead try a variation where you play Nc3, Nf3 and cxd5 early.

    Game 10: Queens Gambit Accepted.

    For Black:

    Games 11 - 17: Sicilian Kan/Paulsen. If a Sicilian Defense does not suit you, consider playing the Cara Kann (1..c6); checkout PositionalBomber's Caro-Kann tutorial here: Game Collection: PositionalBomber's Caro-Kann tutorial If you insist on playing 1..e5, consider the example games for the Giuoco Piano and the Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz here: Game Collection: BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black

    Game 18: Grand Prix Antidote.

    Games 19 - 21: Benko Gambit - You can find more details on the Benko Gambit here: Game Collection: BRCC: 1. d4 Games For White and Black


    20 games, 1853-2008

  8. Foodfight's Chess Club Games
    These are games used in our chess lessons.
    32 games, 1905-2005

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