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Uncommon Opening (A00)
1 g4, a3, h3, etc.

Number of games in database: 11760
Years covered: 0 to 2022
Overall record:
   White wins 37.9%
   Black wins 33.2%
   Draws 28.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Tomasz Markowski  223 games
Zvonimir Mestrovic  118 games
Gerard Welling  85 games
Hikaru Nakamura  27 games
Anthony Miles  26 games
Borislav Ivkov  24 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Larsen vs Geller, 1960
Botvinnik vs G Szilagyi, 1966
Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893
Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008
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 page 1 of 471; games 1-25 of 11,760 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Lucena 0-1261497SalamancaA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Lucena vs Quintana 1-0321515HuescaA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Kieseritzky vs H H Boncourt 0-1301839Match?A00 Uncommon Opening
4. Kieseritzky vs Saint-Amant ½-½501840ParisA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Staunton vs H Hanbury-Tracy 1-0751845Pion coiffĂ© odds gameA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Enschede vs Zutphen ½-½581850corrA00 Uncommon Opening
7. E Williams vs M Wyvill 0-1501851LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
8. E Williams vs Harrwitz ½-½251852Harrwitz - WilliamsA00 Uncommon Opening
9. Mohishunder vs Cochrane ½-½621853CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Mohishunder vs Cochrane 1-0461853CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0531856CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Somacarana vs Cochrane  ½-½521856CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
13. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-1271856CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
14. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1321856CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
15. S Boden vs Owen 0-1381856LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
16. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1451856CalcuttaA00 Uncommon Opening
17. C Mead vs Morphy 0-1261857Casual gameA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Anderssen / Horwitz / Kling vs Staunton / Boden / Kipping 0-1531857Consultation gameA00 Uncommon Opening
19. Owen vs S Boden 0-1331858MatchA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Anderssen vs Morphy 0-1421858Anderssen - MorphyA00 Uncommon Opening
21. Anderssen vs Morphy ½-½511858Anderssen - MorphyA00 Uncommon Opening
22. Anderssen vs Morphy 1-0771858Anderssen - MorphyA00 Uncommon Opening
23. T Barnes vs Harrwitz  1-0441859Casual seriesA00 Uncommon Opening
24. T Barnes vs Harrwitz  1-0511859Casual seriesA00 Uncommon Opening
25. T Barnes vs Harrwitz  1-0601859Casual seriesA00 Uncommon Opening
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May-11-09  mrandersson: I personal quite like 1 c3 and i play more or less every game now with white. its a good way to get people out of book and i like the set up with d3 and Nf3 Bg2 and 0-0 with the other knight on d2.
May-11-09  blacksburg: hehehe another <1.c3> devotee? you are among friends, <mrandersson>.
Jun-05-09  Moses2792796: What do people think of this line in the Benko opening. 1 g3 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qd1 Nf6 5. Nh3 Bc5 6. Nf4 OO 7. Bg2 Ne5 8. Nc3 c6 9. OO d5 10. h3 and white has a good position

I usually manage to get to this position in most games where I play 1.g3, with some variations of move order. There are other lines that black can play but this seems to be the strongest. White will proceed to play e4 followed by active play in the centre. I like this opening because it makes full use of 1 g3, by developing the bishop there and using it as support for the Knight. The main disadvantage is that white gives away alot of tempo early, although in my experience it isn't enough for black to launch a sucessful attack and often players become over eager and end up losing material by attacking too early.

Jul-30-09  WhiteRook48: Sometimes I play 1 d3 and try to steer it toward (A07) King's Indian Attack
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  whiteshark: Andrew D Martin 's ebook on the Sokolsky, "The B-formula - an awesome repertoire for the chessplayer with limited time to study" is one of the biggest heaps of rubble that ever came before my very eyes.
Jan-07-10  swarmoflocusts: <chessman95>

I'll play you that as white any day. I'd love to see some games you've played with it, if you have any.

Jan-08-10  parisattack: <whiteshark: Andrew D Martin 's ebook on the Sokolsky, "The B-formula - an awesome repertoire for the chessplayer with limited time to study" is one of the biggest heaps of rubble that ever came before my very eyes.>

There are some good book on Sokolsky's - but that is not one of them.

1) b2-b4 by Sokolsky
2) The Moravian Series (1-4)
2) Play 1. b2-b4 by Lapshun
4) Orangutan by Wall
5) b2-b4 by Levy
6) Orang-Utan by Schiffler
7) Theory and Practise of the Sokolsky by Konikowsky

Jan-08-10  parisattack: There is also (Sokolsky's Opening) -

1. P-QN4 - Soltis

Jan-23-10  seagull1756: "grob" = "a coffin" in russian. very telling.... :)
Aug-02-10  Amarande: Surprisingly difficult for Black to find a win, though ...

Consider this quick win of a Pawn:

1 g4 d5 2 h3 c5 3 Bg2 Nc6 4 d3 d4 5 Bf4 Qb6 6 Nd2 Qxb2 7 Nb3 Qc3+? 8 Bd2 1/2-1/2

Aug-29-10  Cushion: An interesting game I played on ICC.
[Event "ICC 15 10"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2010.08.29"]
[Round "-"]
[White "bosuli"]
[Black "vukov"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[WhiteElo "1443"]
[BlackElo "1407"]
[Opening "Polish (Sokolsky) opening"]
[ECO "A00"]
[NIC "VO.10"]
[Time "13:45:36"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]

1. b4 d5 2. Bb2 Qd6 3. a3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. f4 Bg7 6. h3 g5 7. Be5 Qe6 8. Qf3 gxf4 9. exf4 Nc6 10. Qe3 Nxe5 11. fxe5 Nd7 12. d4 c5 13. bxc5 Nxc5!? 14. Bb5+ Kf8 15. dxc5 Bxe5 16. Ne2 Bxa1 17. Qxe6 Bxe6 18. c3 Rg8 19. O-O Bxh3 20. Nf4 Bf5 21. Nxd5 e6 22. Ne3 Bxb1 23. Rxb1 Bxc3 24. Bd3 Bd4 25. Kf2 b6 26. Bxh7 Rg7 27. Be4 Rd8 28. c6 f5 29. Bf3 f4 30. Ke2 Bxe3 31. Rb2 e5 32. a4 Re7 33. Be4 Rd4 34. Kf3 Rxa4 35. g4 Rxe4 36. Kxe4 Bd4 37. Rc2 Rc7 38. g5 Ke7 39. g6 Kd6 40. Kf3 a5 41. Ke4 a4 42. Kf3 a3 43. Ke4 b5 44. Kf5 b4 45. Kf6 b3 46. Rc4 b2 47. g7 Rxg7 48. Kxg7 b1=Q 49. c7 Qb7 50. Kf6 a2 51. Ra4 Qxc7 52. Rxa2 Qe7+ 53. Kf5 Qe6+ White resigns 0-1

Dec-20-10  TheRavenPK: <Cushion> I guess after this game White will never again exchange his black squared bishop in this opening for something else than Black's BSB..

And if you were black, nice tactic :)

Jan-21-11  Amarande: An interesting gambit in Gedult's that I was pondering tonight:

1 f3 d5 2 e4 dxe4 3 fxe4 e5 4 Nf3 Bg4 5 Bc4 Bc5 6 d4! exd4 7 O-O!

Can Black successfully accept the offer to permanently retain the Pawn with 7 ... d3+ 8 Kh1 dxc2 or does this lose? I looked at the variation and it seems after 9 Qxc2 Black is in something of a really bad way; he cannot castle yet and cannot even play Nf6, for Bxf7+ regains the Pawn with apparently significant advantage to White in the open position with exposed Black King.

But if 9 ... Bb6 10 Bxf7+ anyway, and after 10 ... Kxf7 11 Ne5+ Ke8 12 Nxg4. White's still regained the Pawn, and is he even winning? Natural development seems to lead to a disaster like: 12 ... Nf6 13 Nxf6+ gxf6 14 Nc3 Nc6 15 Bh6! Rg8 (the threat was Bg7) 16 Rad1! Qe7 17 Nd5! Qe5 (He already cannot avoid the loss of the Exchange, and Qf7 loses the Queen as well after 18 Nf6+, for Ke7 19 Nxg8+) 18 Nf6+ Ke7 19 Nxg8+ Rxg8 20 Qb3!! 1-0 (The threat is both Qxg8 and Qf7 mate, if Rg7 another Exchange is lost, and the only other viable looking defense Qe6 falls to 21 Qa3+ and mate at f8 in a few moves)

Jun-26-11  timhortons: I once saw moro playing this way at icc, not only that, he got all of those crazy lines which is off the book and he move very fast, to bad i only got a chance to observe him for few months, after 2008 if i remember it right, he stop playing, or if he is playing only in incognito account.

morozevich is a very sicked blitz player.

i never beatin anybody having a rating as high as this my whole chess life.LOL, just now.

[Event "rated lightning match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2011.06.26"]
[Round "?"]
[White "timhortonsknight"]
[Black "killhatz"]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "1257"]
[BlackElo "2041"]
[ECO "A00"]
[TimeControl "60"]

1. h4 c5 2. d3 Nc6 3. f3 g6 4. h5 Bg7 5. h6 Bf8 6. Nc3 d6 7. e4 e5 8. Be3 Be7 9. Qd2 Nf6 10. Nh3 O-O 11. O-O-O Nd4 12. Be2 Be6 13. f4 b5 14. Ng5 Qd7 15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 Qxd5 18. Kb1 a5 19. Bxd4 cxd4 20. Bf3 Qe6 21. Bxa8 Rxa8 22. fxe5 dxe5 23. Rhe1 b4 24. Qe2 Bf6 25. Qf3 Bh8 26. Qxa8+ *

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Oct-13-11  rapidcitychess: Uncommon openings are annoying for a "normal" player; They can trap the death out of you in rapid/blitz. And really there's no antidote other than taking your time, which can be deadly in a blitz game. -.-
Oct-15-11  rapidcitychess: <Opening of the day>


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The Van Geek opening. Um, I mean Van Geet!

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  Phony Benoni: From an account in the Sedalia Weekly Bazoo, Feb. 5, 1884, of a blindfold exhibition in Louisville by Zukertort:

<"When Mr. Lovenhart opened 1.PKKt4 the doctor waited a full minute before he made his reply. A bystander suggested that Zukertort was not thinking of the game but merely trying to form a mental image of the man who would open a game in that manner.">

Zukertort won the game.

Dec-30-11  TheFocus: <Phony Benoni> I got a case of the giggles when I saw the name <Bazoo> at Chessarch.
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Anderssen's Opening
1. a3

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Grob's Attack

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Jan-17-13  ozmikey: An odd thing happened to me on FICS tonight. My mouse has been acting up lately and when I tried to open with 1. d4 it came out as 1. d3. Making the best of it, I ended up with quite a decent KIA-style position out of the opening and won quickly!
Jan-17-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Anderssen's Opening

1. a3

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Aug-21-13  nescio: I couldn't find any games that started quite the same way, and after only three moves the two players have created a unique position, a rarity in a master game.

A little further into the game it becomes clear that we are in well-known territory after all, but with colours reversed (1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Nf3 Nh6 7.Bd3 Bf5 etc. has been seen many times).

Bosboom can play marvellously but here L'Ami shows much better strategic judgement and unfortunately the last stage of the game isn't worth much.

[Event "bdo"]
[Site "Haarlem"]
[Date "2013.08.20"]
[Round "4.3"]
[White "Bosboom, Manuel"]
[Black "L'Ami, Erwin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.2"]
[BlackElo "2626"]
[WhiteElo "2396"]
[ECO "A00"]

1. g3 e5 2. Bg2 Nc6 3. c3 f5 4. d4 e4 5. h4 d5 6. Nh3 Bd6 7. Bf4 Nf6 8. e3 O-O 9. Bf1 Ne7 10. c4 c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Nc3 Kh8 13. a3 a5 14. h5 h6 15. Rc1 b6 16. Na4 d4 17. exd4 Bxd4 18. Rc2 Ra7 19. Rd2 Rd7 20. Be2 Ng4 21. Qc1 Bb7 22. Rxd4 Rxd4 23. Nc3 Nc6 24. Nd5 Rxd5 25. cxd5 Nd4 26. d6 Nxe2 27. Kxe2 Ba6+ 28. Kd2 Qa8 29. Kd1 0-1

Aug-21-13  parisattack: Gurgenidze Robatsch Reversed. The tempo doesn't mean too much in such a blocked position. But 7. Bf4 and 10. c4 is where I would look for White alternatives.

The finesse in this line is Norwood's idea of not even playing Bg2/7 as it goes back almost always. g3/6 simply becomes a 'high class waiting move.'

Aug-21-13  nescio: <parisattack> I see that he was even happy to lose a tempo in the opening: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 etc. The bishop is still on f8, where it should be in this position.

To play it against Michael Adams however may be a little too much. On the other hand, he would probably lose to Adams with any set-up...

Adams vs D Norwood, 1991

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