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Andrew D Martin vs Michael Basman
BCF-ch (1984), Brighton ENG, rd 6, Aug-04
Saragossa Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0

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Jul-22-04  athyn: Has anyone ever done a study of opening moves? Of 282,000 over 99% are the top five. The other 15, then, are rarely used. Do those who have used the other 15 do so for strategic reasons or just to be unique?
Jul-22-04  Lawrence: Hi <athyn>, I'll wish you a warm welcome and leave it to the decent chessplayers to answer your question, though I suspect it's simply that the first 5 have been proven to be so much stronger in actual practice.
Jul-22-04  Gearoid: The other moves are for independent souls who like to get of the main track and play chess from move one and not to just follow the pack
Jul-22-04  athyn: Hi Lawrence,
Thanks for the response, and thanks for the welcome.
I found it interesting that all 20 possible openings have been played in the games in the database (although, obviously it is an immense number of total games). Of the possible 400 total first moves (white and black) 174 have been played, which is quite a lot. Anyway, this site is quite impressive.
Jul-22-04  athyn: good point Gearoid
Jul-24-04  Lawrence: <Gearoid>, a warm welcome to you. Do you actually use those offbeat openings, and if so, do you have success with them?
Jun-14-08
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  whiteshark: 1...a6/2...b5 for me. :D
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: 1...a5 for me and 1. h4 as white.
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: on the other hand, stalemate once was the result of a 1. c3 opening. Tartakower vs Reti, 1925
May-03-18  Saniyat24: Wonderful pawn chain on the Queen side by White...didn't understand the logic behind Black's 31...Bf8 ...maybe he had no other good moves!
May-03-18  ChessHigherCat: < Saniyat24: Wonderful pawn chain on the Queen side by White...didn't understand the logic behind Black's 31...Bf8 ...maybe he had no other good moves!>

I think black was probably worried about 32. Rxd8 Qxd8 33. Qe6+ winning the bishop on h6

May-04-18  Saniyat24: thanks <ChessHigherCat> I see it now...

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