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King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation (E85)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 f3 O-O 6 Be3 e5

Number of games in database: 218
Years covered: 1925 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 48.2%
   Black wins 27.1%
   Draws 24.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Jaroslav Sajtar  4 games
Lajos Portisch  3 games
Anatoly Karpov  3 games
Juan Traian Iliesco  3 games
Max Euwe  3 games
Moshe Czerniak  3 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1932
Capablanca vs Menchik, 1935
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961
Tolush vs Geller, 1952
Jacobo Bolbochan vs Euwe, 1947
Sliwa vs Tolush, 1953
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 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 218  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W A T Schelfhout vs Euwe  0-1531925AmsterdamE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
2. Botvinnik vs Alatortsev 1-0271931USSR ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
3. E Reinhardt vs H Heinicke  0-1351932Hamburg-AltonaE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
4. Menchik vs G A Thomas 1-0241932LondonE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
5. Alekhine vs Ridlington/ H Bush / P Caruana / B ½-½541933Blindfold simul, 10bE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
6. Alekhine vs Paul BW 1-0541933Simul, 37bE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
7. Rellstab vs Carls  1-0501933Bad AachenE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
8. G Weissgerber vs Carls  1-0361933Bad AachenE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
9. I Rabinovich vs M Yudovich Sr.  1-0371933USSR ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
10. Capablanca vs Menchik 1-0321935MoscowE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
11. V Mikenas vs Tartakower  ½-½511935Warsaw OlympiadE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
12. V Makogonov vs Bondarevsky  1-0271937URS-ch10E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
13. T Regedzinski vs Pelikan  1-0381937Stockholm OlympiadE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
14. I Rabinovich vs Abramian  1-063193811th USSR Championship SemifinalE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
15. Euwe vs Pirc  ½-½401938Hastings 1938/39E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
16. Bondarevsky vs Smyslov 1-0261939Leningrad/Moscow trainingE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
17. S Belavenets vs I Pogrebissky  1-0501939USSR ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
18. P N Wallis vs Euwe 0-1291939BournemouthE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
19. M Czerniak vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0431940Buenos Aires ARGE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
20. J Vinuesa vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0551941Mar del PlataE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
21. J Vinuesa vs M Czerniak  ½-½561941Mar del PlataE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
22. T P Possi vs Najdorf  0-1261945Vina del MarE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
23. Jacobo Bolbochan vs J Traian Iliesco  1-0421946Mar del PlataE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
24. R Sanguinetti vs J Traian Iliesco 0-1611946Mar del PlataE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
25. I Tekavcic vs S Vukovic  0-1531946YUG-chE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-23-03  mprchess: Check out the percentages! Amazing!
Nov-23-03  PinkPanther: Probably the only legitimate contribution Saemisch ever made to the game, seeing as how the Saemisch variation of the Nimzo Indian isn't viewed as being too respectable anymore.
Nov-23-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: My favorite lines in the Samisch Attack are ones where the center becomes blocked, White castles long, and both sides initiate pawn storms on each other's position. I learned a lot about chess playing this opening, when it dawned on me that White can be slightly better off because he hasn't pushed his a or b pawns, while Black has played the weakening ...g6 move.

Of course I was told for years that pushing pawns in front of one's king (or anywhere for that matter) incurs serious weaknesses, but it never really hit home until I started to conduct pawn storms with f3, g4, h4, and h5, tearing holes in the enemy position. Meanwhile Black can push a pawn to b3; but that's met with a3, or he can push a pawn to a3, but that's met with b3. In summary: Flat pawns = safe pawns. Fianchetto = taking your life into your own hands.

Nov-23-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <Probably the only legitimate contribution Saemisch ever made to the game> That's not true at all; he was a prominent opening theoretician. Don't think that player's contributions stop at the openings named in their honor. I can't site an example off the top of my head but I've read in more than one opening book "such-and-such a move was an idea of Saemisch..."
Mar-27-04  morphyvsfischer: <Sneaky and anyone else who cares> I find this funny: As you know, Fischer often played KID, but despised the Sicilian Dragon because of the 'pry open the h file, sac sac mate!' assesment. However, White, in the Saemich, can play pretty much the same way, with more space, and an advantage with a locked up Qside! The ultimate irony in chess...
Sep-21-06  BaranDuin: Not really, in the yuguslav attack white has already developped his white square bishop, which usually stays at home for a long time in this line.

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