Index Page For My Complete White Opening Repertoire

Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation

1. Lasker vs. Tarrasch (faulty game in the opening, but demonstrates White's strategy of exchanging all the pieces, and winning the endgame).

2.Yandemirov vs Inarkiev - the mainline

3. Kengis vs. Yuneev - Black keeps the Queens on the board and castles opposite side.

4. Maximov vs Pavlov - How to handle the "correct" bxc6.


Ruy Lope Berlin Defense

1. Steinitz vs Zukertort: Black exchanges knights.

2. Carlsen vs Anand: Black keeps the pieces on the board.

Ruy Lopez - Steinitz defense (Tarrasch Trap).

1. Anand vs. Milos (when Black surrenders the center).

Ruy Lopez Sidelines.

1. Shirov vs Becx, Schliemann Gambit - Black makes the wrong Queen move.

2. Karjakin vs. Radjabov - Schliemann Gambit - Black makes the correct Queen move (mainline)

3. Fischer vs. Herceg Novi - Schliemann Gambit  - Black makes the correct Queen move but gets greedy later.

4. John Nunn vs Nigel Davies - early ...g6 - White disrupts black's developement, and Black plays ...f6.

5. Guliyev vs Fedorchuk - early ..g6 - White disrupts black's development, and Black exchanges ...Be7. Leads to an instructive knight endgame.

6. Kasparov vs Khalifman - "Bird's Defense (3...Nd4) - the novelty 10.c4!

7. Vachier Lagrave vs. Howell, David - Bird's Defense - the Black King goes for a walk successfully! White sacrifices Bishop for two pawns to win.

8. Pilgaard vs Czebe - 3...Nge7 - White sets up a nice mating trap on the h-file.

9. Peter Svidler vs Levon Aronian - 3...Nge7 - a tactically explosive game.

10. Veselin Topalov vs. Francisco Vallejo Pons - 3...Bc5 - Topalov succumbs to the temptation to sacrifice a piece for two pawns for attack against the Black king. And wins through a lot of double checks.


French Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation

1. Bent Larsen vs. Lajos Portisch  - 1964 (Opposite side castling with h4-h5,g4, and the diabolical trap of a3).

2. Tim Taylor vs. Tatev Abrahamyan - 2011 (Both castle on the Queenside)

3. Tim Taylor vs. Amateur - Early queen exchange.


Caro Kann

1. Fischer vs. Petrosian - the resurrection of an old line that was rendered dubious by Maroczy-Capablanca.

2. Joel Benjamin vs. Larry Christiansen - the QGD with colors reversed?

3. Terzic vs Moehring - Schlecter Slav?


1. Tim Taylor vs Craig Allen - Black lets white get the bishop pair early.

2. Kaidanov vs. Dzindzihashvilli - White accepts doubled pawns AND an IQP, and still wins!

3. Nakamura vs. Tiviakov - early exchange of Bishop vs. knight, and the queen exchange.


1. Korchnoi vs. Guimard -White fianchettoes his King's Bishop and gives Black an IQP.

2. Socko vs Felgaer - No wasteful moves by White.

3. Alekhine vs Hoelsder - Black captures the pawn on d4, White recaptures with queen, transposing into Ruy Lopez Steinitz defense (opposite side castling).

4. Chanda Sandipan vs. Faibisiovich - another game where transposition into Ruy Lopez Steinitz variation occurs. In fact, White varies on 11th move from the above game.


1. Karpov vs. Weder - checkmate. Prove black's fianchettoed bishop is bad. Behold Nc3-b1-d2 and c2-c3 to take the only useful square away from Black's knight.

2. Karpov vs. Curt Hansen - Brilliant sacrifice of 2 pieces for 2 pawns to obtain 3 connected passed pawns.

3. Anand vs Loek Van Wely - Brilliant Zugwang with 2 minor pieces on the board for each side.

Schmidt Benoni

1. Karpov vs. Korchnoi

Alekhine Defense

1. Anand vs. Michael Adams - Black lets White establish a knight on e5, supported by the pawn chain - -b2-c3-d4

2. Anand vs. Morozevich - All bishops are exchanged.

3. Anand vs. Conquest

4. Anand vs. Blumenstock - featuring a mate on h8 by Rook supported by a bishop on f6.

Closed Sicilian

1. Spassky vs. Geller - The landmark game. (Just the rook defends the whole queenside - the principle of economic defense!).

2. Spassky vs. Karpov - Draw.




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