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  1. A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White
    This is a collection of games from Sam Collins's excellent book, "A Simple Chess Opening Repertoire for White," which presents a complete king's pawn repertoire focused around the isolated queen's pawn (IQP) and related lines -- generally where White plays for dark square control and attack in an open position. This is a very good repertoire for ambitious young players because it teaches an important pawn structure that can arise in a wide range of both d-pawn or e-pawn openings, and it therefore creates the basis for assimilating a wide range of opening ideas. Though I am personally interested in some variations in the book more than others, I have long been interested in the IQP structure and have found much of value in the book on the IQP generally -- as I had from Collins's earlier opening repertoire for White titled "An Attacking Repertoire for White" (which also focused on the IQP but with rather less "simple" lines). Ambitious players would do well to also spend some time studying the isolated queen pawn structure. I would especially recommend finding GM Alexandr Baburin's now classic "Winning Pawn Structures"; the book is out of print and often available only at inflated prices, but a number of .pdf copies can readily be found on the web, including at Scribd. I have also found the book "Isolani Strategy" by Alexander Beliavsky, Oleg Stetsko, and Adrian Mikhalchishin of use, though it is also becoming more rare. For those less interested in books, there are a number of online videos and articles that can be of help as well. One useful resources is titled "1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 White Repertoire Webliography," which links to videos and articles on lines very similar to those discussed by Collins in his 1.e4 e5 repertoire.

    The weakest part of the repertoire is the French Defense, which is based on ideas developed by Denis Yevseev in Fighting the French: A New Concept (nearly 400 pages of dense analysis on this line). Though playable at the amateur level, there are lots of ways for Black to do well if he knows the theory. I would simplify the repertoire more by recommending the Monte Carlo Exchange French with 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 (you can find good analysis online). This way White can transpose to familiar territory from the Scandinavian as well after 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4!? with the idea of returning the pawn to 3...c6 (Panov-Botvinnik) or 3...e6 (Monte Carlo Exchange French - Game Collection: French Defense, Monte Carlo Exchange Variation or

    You can also simplify more by playing the Hunt or Chase Variation against the Alekhine (1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5!?), which can transpose to the c3 Sicilian (though White has other ideas too -- see the game Mazukewitsch - Kandaurov, Tula 1967, for example). And it would be good to learn the main line Panov-Botvinnik against the Caro-Kann -- though that does not simplify White's task - see

    40 games, 1964-2017

  2. A48 London System # 3 [White]
    53 games, 2009-2013

  3. Accelerated Dragons
    This is a collection of Accelerated Dragons, transpositions to the Accelerated Dragon (usually where a Maroczy bind formation comes up after 1 c4 c5), and Sicilians with different classifications featuring an early fianchetto of Black's kingside bishop. Openings with anti-Accelerated Dragon lines by white have also been included, since they will probably still be of interest to Accelerated Dragon players.
    57 games, 1955-2007

  4. Albin Counter-Gambit Ideas
    An Albin Counter-Gambit repertoire with some unusual ideas.
    20 games, 1900-2010

  5. Beginners's Repertoire
    The Italian Game-1.The Giuoco Piano & The Moeller Attack.--2.The Two Knight's Defense-The Max Lange Attack & The Fried Liver Attack.If you're new to chess ,I highly recommend memorizing these games,and try to copy them when you play.Designed for the Positional minded player.
    138 games, 1590-2008

  6. Cannon Fodder's favorite games
    8 games, 1834-2007

  7. Giuoco Pianissimo
    17 games, 1900-2019

  8. KID
    166 games, 1879-2008

  9. King's Indian Warfare - Ilya Smirin
    56 games, 1953-2015

  10. London System
    1 game, 2014

  11. Miniatures
    32 games, 1620-2006

  12. Pirc
    52 games, 1883-2005

  13. Really Bizarre Games
    I'll be adding to this collection when I find games that are just plain weird.
    2 games, 2002-2008

  14. Ruy Lopez without 3 ...a6
    27 games, 1858-2004

  15. Scotch Gambit/Giuoco Piano
    I'll be putting games into this collection that illustrate points covered in CHESS OPENINGS FOR WHITE, EXPLAINED by Alburt, Dzindzichashvili and Perelshteyn. I know the collection has a strange title, but I'm not sure what else to call it since transpositions seem common in this opening.
    14 games, 1895-2007

  16. Shaun Taulbut's How to Play the Ruy Lopez
    55 games, 1911-1986

  17. Sicilian Najdorf
    100 games, 1937-2007

  18. Steve Giddins' 50 Essential Chess Lessons
    I have included all of the games from Giddins' excellent book that I have been able to find in this database.
    44 games, 1912-2002

  19. Wandering Tour through the Traxler Counterattack
    This is a guided tour through some representative lines, ideas and mistakes in this sharp opening. It's an unusual opening in that black offers his rook to be sacrificed in move 4. Rarely seen in major tournaments, its' wild exciting play makes it a favorite in correspondence play, skittles games, youth chess and independent study.

    These first four moves are the Traxler Counterattack 1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 Nc6
    3. Bc4 Nf6
    4. Ng5 Bc5

    Normally followed by 5. Nxf2+,5. Bxf2+ and occasionally 5.d4.

    Others have said about the Traxler

    It may not be entirely accurate when held up to the light of heavy computer analysis - Heisman

    One must note that even experienced masters, trying to punish Black's too active play in the opening, are often overimpressed by White's great material advantage and lose their objectivity; sometimes they also show their incompetence in the field of book theory.- Estrin

    5. Nxf7 is followed by Bxf2+ !?. White here makes important decisions that direct the course of the game.

    o Take the bishop 6. Kxf7 and upon 6...Ne5+ white's reasonable next moves are either 7.Kg1,Ke3 Possible but not as good are Kf1,Ke1,Ke2

    o Decline the offer of the bishop with 6...Kf1 (worst is Ke2 due to Ng5+ seen in the Reinish/Traxler Game)

    6.Kxf2 Nxe4+ is normally followed by Black creating complications for White while White looks to gain material my Nxh8.

    Reoccuring Themes in the Traxler games are Black plays for the initiative developing with threating moves, checks,combinations and sacrifices. White must play very accurately in order to find King Safety and struggles to get his pieces developed. Whites Knight on H8 is out of the action for the immediate future and his queenside pieces are often left on their original squares. This often leads to minatures,Queen traps, King marches, creative mating nets, unusual checkmates.

    5.Bxf7+ is considered sounder for white without as many complications. In my view it is much harder for black to play against. Beliavksy played this line as black against Anand and won.

    Here is a link that speaks to refuting the traxler and some refuting the refutations 8)

    This Chess Column speaks to the original game by Karel Traxler

    Also Dan Heisman created a great interactive CD on the Traxler with tons of games,analysis and I recommend it to anyone interested in this interesting line.

    This is a black forced draw line not on the chessgames site.

    [Event "Wittlich"]
    [Site "Wittlich"]
    [Date "1980.??.??"]
    [Round "9"]
    [White "Diehl, Klaus"]
    [Black "Dietzsch, Herbert"]
    [Result "1/2-1/2"]
    [ECO "C57"]
    [PlyCount "26"]
    [EventDate "1980.??.??"]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7. Kg1 Qh4 8. g3 Nxg3 9. Nxh8 Nd4 10. hxg3 Qxg3+ 11. Kf1 Qf4+ 12. Kg1 Qg3+ 13. Kf1 Qf4+ 1/2-1/2

    (this is a work in process and hope to update and improve this soon) I also have a number of my traxler games on my blog site

    (Followon note:I am finding this line is so tactical and complex, that as I research this much of what I have viewed as firm conclusions and convential wisdom are being questioned through correspondence play and heavy computer analysis. IE. Heisman excellent cd book speaks that 6 . ke2 in the Nxf7 line may not be as bad as I originally thought)

    86 games, 1890-2007

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