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DIRP! Compiled by Phony Benoni
Compiled by fredthebear

Fredthebear copied this collection from Phony Benoni. Thank you Phony Benoni.

Augustus J. Dirp (1841-1907), generally considered the Father of Anti-Positional Play, holds an unique and otherwise unwanted spot in the history of chess theory.

While his unfortunate aphorisms such as <Never move a piece twice before you have moved it once> and <Keep your pieces out of the center--they could get hurt there!> still guide legions of aspiring N.N. wannabes to this day, his true colors shown most dimly as a theorist of the pawn formation which bears his name, the Doubled Isolated Rook Pawn.

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A lifetime of study and hard drinking led to the formulation of Dirp's Credo: <Except in positions where it is neutral, the DIRP is an advantage unless it is a disadvantage.> Though the Credo has never been refuted, its practical application has generally proved disastrous.

Dirp also has two opening systems named after him, mainly by default: The Dirp Attack (White plays Na3 and Nh3) and the Dirp Defense (Black plays ...Na6 and ...Nh6). The idea, of course, is that capturing the knights will set up immediate fianchettos of the bishops and provide half-open files for the rooks. Meanwhile, the king is sheltered behind the unmoved center pawns and the queen can fend for herself. The two systems are considered so devastating that there are no known examples of them being used.

Indeed, none of Dirp's game scores have survived, probably due to the Geneva Convention. However, as this collection will show, his ideas continue to infect chess players everywhere, providing a fitting legacy for the man appropriately eulogized as "...quite possibly the weakest player never to become world champion."

The Raven and the Fox

Perched on a lofty oak,
Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese;
Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
Thus to the holder spoke:
"Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?
Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one!
So black and glossy, on my word, sir,
With voice to match, you were a bird, sir,
Well fit to be the Phoenix of these days."
Sir Raven, overset with praise,
Must show how musical his croak.
Down fell the luncheon from the oak;
Which snatching up, Sir Fox thus spoke:
"The flatterer, my good sir,
Aye lives on his listener;
Which lesson, if you please,
Is doubtless worth the cheese."
A bit too late, Sir Raven swore
The rogue should never cheat him more.

Wild and Crazy DIRP!
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 48 moves, 0-1

Shakesperian DIRP!
E Williams vs Staunton, 1851 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

E D'Andre vs de Riviere, 1867 
(A06) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

Ballet DIRP!
Harmonist vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury DIRP Boy!
Pillsbury vs J C Halpern, 1894 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

March of the DIRPs!
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

DIRP grows up!
Chigorin vs Blackburne, 1898 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

DIRP Ahoy!
Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Outside passed DIRPs!
Janowski vs G Marco, 1900 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 0-1

The useless DIRP!
Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

One good DIRP deserves another!
H Fahrni vs H Caro, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Knightmare DIRP!
Lasker vs Marshall, 1907 
(C11) French, 52 moves, 1-0

DIRP mate!
Janowski vs F Treybal, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Hey, there, Georgy DIRP!
J Mieses vs Salwe, 1908 
(C21) Center Game, 47 moves, 0-1

QIBPs beat DIRPs!
E E Colman vs H Jacobs, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Foxy DIRPy!
Kostic vs A W Fox, 1916 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 60 moves, 0-1

My DIRP's better than your DIRP!
A Smorodsky vs P Romanovsky, 1927 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

Model DIRP!
Botvinnik vs A Model, 1930 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 0-1

Last second DIRP!
Chekhover vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

The decoy DIRP!
I Mazel vs B Verlinsky, 1931
(A06) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Don't forget the DIRP!
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs N Sorokin, 1931 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1-0

The positional DIRP!
Lisitsin vs Riumin, 1931 
(A04) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

Oh, Man, what a DIRP!
H Ohman vs G Buck, 1931 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

The DIRP gets Flohred!
Milner-Barry vs Flohr, 1935
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 31 moves, 0-1

Everybody wants to get into the DIRP!
S von Freymann vs Chekhover, 1935
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Wake up with a Panov DIRP; it's a real Rauzer!
Rauzer vs Panov, 1934
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 34 moves, 0-1

The Polish DIRP!
P Hage vs K Makarczyk, 1936 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 0-1

I wanna DIRP too!
W Weil vs P Tautvaisas, 1936
(A12) English with b3, 27 moves, 1-0

Salbu, the Killer DIRP!
K Salbu vs K Ozols, 1936 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

DIRPs hamming it up!
A Hamming vs A Kiprov, 1936
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

The DIRP Immortal!
A Dunkelblum vs Keres, 1937 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

In Praise of DIRP!
Santasiere vs J Fliegel, 1938 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 42 moves, 1-0

The epaulette DIRP!
Boleslavsky vs V Makogonov, 1940 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 36 moves, 1-0

The DIRP goes passed first!
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

This is another Fine DIRP you've gotten me into!
Fine vs C F Tears, 1945 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

DIRP Gotes to Hollywood!
W Adams vs Reshevsky, 1945 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Book DIRP!
Ragozin vs E E Book, 1946 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

DIRP gets Bent out of shape!
Larsen vs W Lauridsen, 1948 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 24 moves, 1-0

Double DIRP Mate!
O Ulvestad vs G Holloway, 1952 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

Inchworm DIRP!
Botvinnik vs I Kan, 1955 
(A20) English, 75 moves, 1-0

Four knights and a DIRP!
Botvinnik vs Simagin, 1955 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 110 moves, 1/2-1/2

And DIRP alone survived!
Spassky vs Taimanov, 1955 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

Oh, when the DIRPs go marching in!
V Byvshev vs Boleslavsky, 1956 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Smith's Morra DIRP!
K Smith vs M Harrow, 1960
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 40 moves, 1-0

To the Viktor goes the DIRP!
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1961 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

DIRP of Champions!
Furman vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 0-1

The DIRP of the Tiger!
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1961 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 50 moves, 1-0

DIRPs to the left of him, DIRPs to the right of him!
A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

The DIRP who loved Liavdansky!
V Liavdansky vs A Bannik, 1964
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 41 moves, 1-0

R Byrne vs O Popovych, 1967
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 44 moves, 1-0

Taimanov for a DIRP!
Lutikov vs Taimanov, 1969 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Block that DIRP!
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

DIRP for Botter or for Ill!
G Botterill vs Karpov, 1971 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 49 moves, 0-1

I should have Nona better with a DIRP like you!
N Gaprindashvili vs Szabo, 1971
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Nunn vs Adorjan, 1975 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Back rank DIRP!
Klovans vs Vaganian, 1975
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 45 moves, 0-1

What's the Best DIRP?
Evans vs Benko, 1975 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Shamkovich vs Benko, 1978 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Tarjan of the DIRPs!
Tarjan vs Ljubojevic, 1979
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 75 moves, 1-0

Dubious Double DIRP Defense Deferred Dooms Denker!
J Grefe vs Denker, 1979 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

Hey, this is the DIRP collection! Get that TIRP outta here!
B Dykes vs Morata, 1980 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 18 moves, 1-0

Rooks belong between passed DIRPs!
S Makarichev vs Vaganian, 1980
(C16) French, Winawer, 49 moves, 0-1

When in doubt, push a DIRP!
Yusupov vs G Kuzmin, 1980 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

Simultaneous TIRPs!
F Gobet vs Kasparov, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Who needs a queen? I've got a DIRP!
V Eingorn vs Kupreichik, 1987 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 83 moves, 1-0

A Puzzling DIRP!
A Mikhalchishin vs Shirov, 1988 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 25 moves, 1-0

DIRPside attack!
Sakaev vs Kramnik, 1989 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 21 moves, 1-0

Detoured DIRP!
M Todorcevic vs Gligoric, 1990
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Dzindzi DIRP!
Benko vs Dzindzichashvili, 1991 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 73 moves, 0-1

The Old Gray DIRP!
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 0-1

Mr. Rogers' DIRPs!
A Blees vs I Rogers, 1991 
(E91) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

DIRP in Ulf's Clothing!
Shirov vs Andersson, 1991 
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

DIRP! I Did It Again!
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 35 moves, 1-0

Searching for Augustus J. DIRP!
Taimanov vs Waitzkin, 1992 
(A04) Reti Opening, 61 moves, 1-0

Two DIRPs Are Better Than One!
J Kis vs E Csato, 1993 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

The DIRP Tempo!
Kasimdzhanov vs Nadyrkhanov, 1993
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Teimour the DIRPier!
G Papp vs Radjabov, 1997 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

What is so rare as a DIRP from Jun!
J Xie vs N Ioseliani, 1997 
(B32) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Fire on DIRP!
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

DIRP Wins!
Zaw Win Lay vs Wynn Zaw Htun, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

DIRPs, DRooks, and DBishops!
R Gibbons vs D Sermek, 1999
(B40) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

DIRP Shelter!
J van Ruitenburg vs S Castellani, 2000 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

DIRP of the North!
J Metzger vs A Matras-Clement, 2001
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 21 moves, 0-1

Horwitz DIRPs!
J Asik vs K Papas, 2001 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

A juvenile DIRP!
T Makhmudov vs A Sismanis, 2001
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Ali Ipek and the 40 DIRPs!
L Osojnik vs A Ipek, 2001
(B40) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Remove the DIRP!
P Spik vs M Goban, 2001
(A04) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 0-1

Vishy DIRPs!
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

I Bareev in DIRPs!
Bareev vs Topalov, 2002 
(E97) King's Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

My king likes to go for a DIRP!
T Clarke vs Bologan, 2003
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

A banner with the strange device ... DIRP!
C Papatryfonos vs M Sebenik, 2003
(A48) King's Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

A migrating DIRP!
D Smerdon vs U Atakisi, 2004
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 59 moves, 1-0

An unlucky DIRP!
J Banawa vs D Lucky, 2005 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 58 moves, 0-1

TIRP's Little Brother!
Anand vs Baklan, 2007 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 30 moves, 1-0

Quick, Watson--the DIRP!
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Isn't it good Norwegian DIRP!
Polgar vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 44 moves, 0-1

Dragon DIRP!
Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 52 moves, 0-1

The Immoral DIRP!
J Holvason vs M Janczarski, 2008 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 0-1

DIRP in the Rough!
R Martin del Campo vs A Diamant, 2008 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

Can And Baules DIRP!
E Can vs J Baules, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 32 moves, 0-1

I've got a DIRP in my tank!
Vocaturo vs T Hillarp Persson, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

But I don't want a DIRP!
Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Big Baddur DIRP!
Jobava vs Z Almasi, 2010 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

High-class DIRP!
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 1-0

You can't handle the DIRP!
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

Don't Give Up the DIRP!
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1-0

DIRPus Interruptus!
Shirov vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Naka Naka, Naka Naka, Hey Hey DIRP, Goodbye!
Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A81) Dutch, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

Young Man DIRP!
Rapport vs D Rogic, 2010 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Luke, I am your DIRP!
Short vs McShane, 2010 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

Lord of the DIRP!
Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2011 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 35 moves, 1-0

Hou's On DIRP?
Zhao Jun vs Y Hou, 2012 
(A14) English, 62 moves, 0-1

A Breath of Fresh DIRP!
Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

The DIRP of Chennai!
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

World Cup DIRP!
M Diskerud vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E90) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Carpe DIRPem!
F Karger vs E Paehtz, 2014
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 0-1

Baddur DIRPs!
Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2015 
(B32) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Navara More DIRP!
J Tomczak vs Navara, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

DIRP of a Different Color!
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

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