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Charles Amar
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1923

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs C Amar 1-0241923Blindfold simul, 12bC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense

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  GrahamClayton: Amar was a Paris amateur player, after whom the Amar Opening (1.♘h3) is named, according to the Batsford Encylopedia of Chess Openings.
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  wordfunph: ....and King Magnus played the Amar Opening against Dreev in 2018 rapid game.


Jun-10-20  Jean Defuse: ...

<Charles Amar>

In C.N. 124 it was stated that the idea of 1 Nh3 goes back to Tartakower, and a 1933 example was published. In Botsford Chess Openings, however, 1 Nh3 is called the Amar Opening, and a 1932 game in which Amar beat Tartakower with it is given (as well as a 1932 game in which Tartakower was White).

Amar, Charles v Tartakower, Saviely G, Paris 1932

1. Nh3 d5 2. g3 e5 3. Bg2 h5 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Qa4 Bd7 7. Nf4 ...

Exploring the Chess Openings by Hugh E. Myers: 'Amar was a Parisian amateur and does not, as Harding apparently guessed in Irregular Openings, mean Absolutely Mad and Ridiculous.'


Jun-10-20  Gejewe: <Jean Defuse> Tartakower wrote about 1.Nh3 on different occasions, for example in "Ideas Modernas en las Aperturas de Ajedrez" . The game between Amar and Tartakower was an analytical game ("partida analytica") but here only a couple of moves are given. The first tournament game was Wechsler-Tomassewicz , Rive Gauche championship in Paris, March 1933 which went 1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.Bg2 h5 4.d4 and now 4..e4 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nf4 with the idea f3.., a game that White won in 47 moves ; all according to Tartakower. Tartakower played 3..f5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.c4 dxc4 6.Qa4+ Bd7 7.Qxc4 supposedly with a better game in Tartakower-Moroni, Exhibitiongame Paris 1932. And finally he also presents the Amar Gambit 1.Nh3 d5 2.g3 e5 3.f4 Bxh3 4.Bxh3 exf4 5.0-0! which he played with succes in a game with Lilienthal, but no date for that game is given in this book.
Jan-13-21  Jean Defuse: ...

<1.Nh3 - Gejewe: ... The first tournament game was Wechsler-Tomassewicz (1933) ...>

The earliest 'Amar (or Paris) Opening' in the databases was played by Eugene Delmar in the 1908 Trenton Falls tournament - E Delmar vs S T Sharp, 1908

We see 1.h3 again more than 20 years later in the Belgian championship 1929 - I Kornreich vs Colle, 1929 - see C.N. 6322


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