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King's Pawn Game (C20)
1 e4 e5

Number of games in database: 700
Years covered: 1560 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 37.9%
   Black wins 43.3%
   Draws 18.6%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Semion Alapin  27 games
Howard Staunton  15 games
Mike J Surtees  14 games
John Cochrane  28 games
NN  11 games
Charles Henry Stanley  6 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
T Bowdler vs H Conway, 1788
Charousek vs Englander, 1894
Morphy vs A Bottin, 1858
Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk, 1809
Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947
Adow vs Borissow, 1889
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 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 700  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri 1-091560RomeC20 King's Pawn Game
2. Greco vs NN 1-041620?C20 King's Pawn Game
3. NN vs Greco 0-181620Miscellaneous gameC20 King's Pawn Game
4. Philidor vs NN 1-0401749Analyse du jeu des ÉchecsC20 King's Pawn Game
5. T Bowdler vs H Conway 1-0231788Casual gameC20 King's Pawn Game
6. Harrowby vs T Bowdler 0-1541788LondonC20 King's Pawn Game
7. NN vs F von Mauvillon 0-1301804CasualC20 King's Pawn Game
8. NN vs F von Mauvillon 1-0471804CasualC20 King's Pawn Game
9. Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk 0-1241809Schoenbrunn Palace ExhibitionC20 King's Pawn Game
10. Cochrane vs NN 1-0191822CasualC20 King's Pawn Game
11. Edinburgh CC vs London ½-½351824Correspondence MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
12. F von Mauvillon vs NN 1-0451825corrC20 King's Pawn Game
13. Edinburgh CC vs London 0-1551825Correspondence MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
14. G Walker vs Cochrane 1-0151830Unknown-aroundC20 King's Pawn Game
15. G Walker vs Cochrane 1-0261830Unknown-aroundC20 King's Pawn Game
16. Cochrane vs G Walker 0-1271830Unknown-aroundC20 King's Pawn Game
17. NN vs McDonnell 0-1521830CasualC20 King's Pawn Game
18. Goteborg vs Stockholm 0-1531831crC20 King's Pawn Game
19. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 0-1531834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 4th Casual MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
20. La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell ½-½591834La Bourdonnais - McDonnell 4th Casual MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
21. Doncaster Chess Club vs Leeds Chess Club  1-0341834Correspondence mC20 King's Pawn Game
22. G Walker vs Saint-Amant 0-1321836Casual gameC20 King's Pawn Game
23. A Petrov vs Warszawa 1-0571836WarsawC20 King's Pawn Game
24. K Schorn vs Von der Lasa 1-0191837Berlin m14C20 King's Pawn Game
25. K Schorn vs Von der Lasa 0-1271837Berlin m14C20 King's Pawn Game
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Jul-15-10  Coolin: The problem with that logic is the sample size and quality of the samples. If you beat someone (as white) in the Ruy Lopez over a 60 move, slow moving game, you are less likely to show it off than you are a brilliant win in the Danish Gambit which involves sacrifice and attack. Furthermore, GMs don't use openings (generally) that involve something other than 2.Nf3, so at the highest level the openings are more or less untested.
Jul-15-10  MaxxLange: I finally got a chance to play the "Lolli" attack.

At the coffee shop thing last night, I was the only chess player who showed, and the only Go player who showed finally suggested that we play chess.

In game 2, I had White: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Nxd5?! 6 d4! Be7? 7 Nxf7

this is supposed to be better than the "Fried Liver Attack", with an immediate 6 Nxf7. Recent theory shows Black doing better than expected, in the Fried Liver

I got a winning position quickly, but the guy then defended well, and it took me a long time to mate him. I'm pretty sure I missed the strongest moves somewhere in there.

Aug-15-10  rapidcitychess: Opening of the day is Alapin attack.
<1.e4 e5 1.Ne2>
<MaxxLange> NM Dan Heisman has a ton of books dedicated to the Lolli. He created the varition, 6...Nxd4 which is a complex piece sacrifice for strong iniative, and often leads to rook sacrifices, with unclear play for both sides.
Aug-16-10  rapidcitychess: <AlexMagnus><1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 g6 4.Qf3 f5!? 5.exf5 Nd4 6.Qe4 d6. How is the line going on?> Seems a bit wild, and of course 4...f5 seems inferior to the natural 4...Nf6 but 6.Qd5 seems improves over this line, with the line 6...Qe7 and a good position for black though it is unclear to who the point may go to, though I think black has good practical chances. Black's development is certainly rapid.
Nov-16-10  rapidcitychess: What does everyone think of 1.e4 e5 2.d3?! d5 <Novelty.> 3.f4!? A friend and I analyzed this and found 3...dxe4 4.dxe4 Qxd1+ 5.Kxd1 a very intruiging line.

If white plays passively, he will lose due to the weakness of his e pawn and of his king. But the king can be a fighter and go munch on the kingside pawns.

Whaddaya think???

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  Eric Schiller: <rcc> The Clam! I've played it a bit, sometimes against the Alekhine 1.e4 Nf6 2.d3 e5 3.f4.
Nov-17-10  Shams: Of course Eric Schiller knows the name. Well, <rapidcity>, if it has a name it's gotta be sound. What about 2...d5 thought? We'll call that my "Red Tide Defense".
Nov-17-10  rapidcitychess: <Shams>

Well, 1.h4 is called the Ware Opening, so it must be good.

Nov-18-10  rapidcitychess: <Eric>

The main difference there is big. In my line black can through in the ...dxe4 move and blow the center up.

When I suggested 3.f4 I was thinking of the Philidor counter attack only without the knight. Do you have any opinions? Please?

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  Eric Schiller: <rcc> 3.f4 dxe4 is probably best handled as a gambit with 4.Nc3 and if 4...exd3 then 5.fxe5!?
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  Penguincw: < Opening of the Day> : Alapin's Opening. 1.e4 e5 2.♘e2

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Apr-01-11  SamAtoms1980: Opening of the Day: The Parham Attack, 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5

I know this opening by its descriptive name, the "Wayward Queen Attack."

Apr-01-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Confess!

When did you give up 1.e4 e5 2. Qh5 (idea Bf1-c4, Qh5xf7 mate)? I played it alot and won that way as an 8 year old novice for some months (2...Ke7 3. Qxe5 amongst those games). I decided to play 2. Nf3 because I wanted games, not wins.

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  alexmagnus: <I decided to play 2. Nf3 because I wanted games, not wins.>

Hehe. I actually still occasionally play 2. Qh5 (not to mate, just to leave theory) if I get on a longish losing streak. Especially in times when I was unrated it often irritated opponents enough to make them play worse than they usually do. Now that I have my 1600+ they know they are not playing a novice but some still take it too lightheartedly. But as I say, I play it only after losing some games.

Apr-01-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @alexmagnus

I know what you mean. My clubmate has simply lost his mojo. In our team matches, he scored a shocking .5/7 and has done badly elsewhere. I saw him play the Grob in some games. Why? I ask. I am just annoyed at my chess, he replied. Thankfully, he heeded my advice when I said that wouldn't do him any good either.

Apr-01-11  LDJ: <jbtigerwolf> Those percentages on this page are only about 1.e4 e5 games where White doesn't play a move that's in another ECO code, so if White plays an inferior move which doesn't have much theory and variations. That's why the winning percent for Black is so high.
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  Penguincw: < SamAtoms1980: Opening of the Day: The Parham Attack, 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5

I know this opening by its descriptive name, the "Wayward Queen Attack." >

Me too. Example : B Becker vs Kasparov, 2000

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Alapin's Opening
1. e4 e5 2.♘e2

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I bet this opening is easily confused with the Alapin (1.e4 <c5 2.c3>).

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

The Parham Attack
1.e4 e5 2.♕h5

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Sep-27-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Alapin's Opening
1. e4 e5 2. Ne2

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Oct-20-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

The Parham Attack
1. e4 e5 2. Qh5

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  perfidious: A pox on The Gavinator!
Apr-08-14  edbermac: On Alapins Opening:

1.e4 e5 2.Ne2 Nf6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nxf4

Has anyone tried 4...Qe7 here? Given a !? in my old ECO book with no further analysis. Not in the CG database either.

Apr-08-14  parisattack: <edbermac> Chacon-Acebal 0-1, 1993 is all I find. (In DB)
Sep-13-15  Walera5: <Eric Schiller> 1.e4 e5 2.d3 Bc5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3! Ng4 5.d4 ed 6.Na4! Bb4 7.c3!AN dc 8.bc ... - Nf3-Bukayev gambit-reflectogen ñì. 4...Nc6 5.Êa4!AN Ñe7! 6.c4 Ñb4!
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