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Reti Opening (A04)
1 Nf3

Number of games in database: 26088
Years covered: 1850 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 36.8%
   Black wins 28.1%
   Draws 35.1%

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Mark Taimanov  150 games
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  64 games
Vladimir Malaniuk  61 games
Bent Larsen  52 games
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Fischer vs P Lapiken, 1956
Taimanov vs A Shashin, 1978
Carlsen vs Dolmatov, 2004
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 1999
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971
Furman vs Spassky, 1957
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  Penguincw: According to the Statistics Page this is the most popular opening variation. Weird.
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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day :
Lisitsin Gambit
1.♘f3 f5 2.e4
Jul-11-11  Rook e2: Reti opening as most played opening in the database.

I don't agree, I think Reti is a sequence of moves-> Nf3 d5, c4

Nov-20-11  knighterrant999: What is the difference between the Reti Opening, and Zukertort's Opening?
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  Penguincw: < knighterrant999: What is the difference between the Reti Opening, and Zukertort's Opening? >

Probably different names. Just like <Petrov> and <Russian> or <Robatsch> and <Modern>.

In other news, A04 has been taken over by A07 and trails by 645.

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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Lisitsin Gambit
1.♘f3 f5 2.e4

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Already unusual after black's 1st move.

Sep-10-12  Conrad93: The Reti is absolutely flawless. It can transpose into any variation you chose.

That's the beauty of it.

Sep-10-12  rapidcitychess: I was trying to transpose into the King's Gambit. Didn't work. :(

However, I would agree that the Reti is a really good and flexible opening. I used it for quite a while; I might use it again.

Jul-06-13  Shams: Query: a QGA line is reached via a Reti move order, 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 dc 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bxc4 e5 5.d4 ed:

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It's hard to believe it but we are practically in the wilderness already here! In _The Modern Reti_ (2012) Delchev gives 6.0-0! after which I can find only four master games. In only one game did Black take the pawn, and he ended up winning after 7.Qb3 ef+ 8.Kh1 Be6:

But Delchev only mentions 6...Nf6. So, can anyone shed light on White's idea of gambiting the e-pawn? Not for nothing did Delchev award 6.0-0 an exclam, right? FYI Shredder suggests 7.Bxe3 allowing a queen trade, but that hardly looks in the spirit of things. Perhaps 7.Qe2, or Lastin's 7.Qb3<?>

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  Everett: <Shams> this is why the Reti remains so much fun!

In the above line you mention, White has tremendous development for the pawn. Allowing the Q-trade is fine because 1)Black's Q is one of his only active pieces and 2) the White Q is replaced by a R on the d-file, greatly accelerating White's development advantage. So Delchev's line looks solid to me, especially of you like the initiative.

If you wanted to get off that rollercoaster earlier, 5.Nc3 should do it.

Just my opinion, since I play 3.e4 vs the Reti Accepted and avoid the e3 pussyfooting around.

Jul-10-13  Shams: <Everett> Thanks. I'll give 7.Bxe3 a couple tests and see what happens.
Oct-12-13  Kikoman: <Opening of the Day>

Lisitsin Gambit
1. Nf3 f5 2. e4

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Jun-07-15  PhilFeeley: Did Zukertort ever play this opening? Why is his name attached to it?
Apr-10-23  Chesschronicle22: -- Announcement --
This is my new <<non> premium membership forum> Since 10 April 2023
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  Messiah: <Chesschronicle22: -- Announcement -- This is my new <<non> premium membership forum> Since 10 April 2023 § % §
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I like the Blumenfeld a tad more, but it's OK for me.


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Apr-10-23  Chesschronicle22: -! WARNING !-
Apr-10-23  Chesschronicle22: <Messiah: I like the Blumenfeld a tad more, but it's OK for me. Victory! 

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Welcome Chief, I welcome you as you are the Prime Chairman of the CG Liberation Front, as I am a member and Voting Manager, you are one of 3 only people allowed here

Apr-10-23  Chesschronicle22: Also, any post about the Réti opening is allowed, even Premium Members. But only on that topic, that includes you Moronovich.
Apr-10-23  Chesschronicle22: But I will reconsider, tell me one reason why you should be able to post and gets attention? (in my forum) This is a special acation for Ur post to be replied
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  technical draw: <Chesschronicle22> Thanks for the invite. Uh, what exactly am I supposed to do here?
Apr-10-23  Shangri La: Jump the horse 1.Nf3
Apr-11-23  Chesschronicle22: <Technical Draw: <Chesschronicle22> Thanks for the invite. Uh, what exactly am I supposed to do here?> well this a forum, think of this as my own premium membership forum, but I'm not a premium :)
Apr-11-23  Chesschronicle22: <Shangri La: Jump the horse 1.Nf3> Welcome <Shangri La>, but may I ask what " Jump the horse 1.Nf3" means?
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  perfidious: Perhaps it has something to do with horsie de combat.
Apr-12-23  Chesschronicle22: TwT, I Might Leave, I might not even be someone that is able to contribute much, so no one would care. I would just be gone without a trace eh?
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