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  1. 98_C41_Philidor + Black Lion
    A work in progress on "The Lion" system featuring those lines recommended by Jansen and van Rekom.

    The <Black Lion> aus dem New in chess Verlag ist in sehr gutem Zustand und beschäftigt sich mit einem Aufbau der sowohl gegen e4 wie auch d4 gespielt werden kann. 280 Seiten des Autorenduos

    005 Introduction

    007 Foreword to the second edition

    011 <Chapter 1 - The Cub>

    011 1.1 The choice of an opening

    012 1.2 History; from Philidor to Jansen

    019 1.3 Characteristics

    023 1.4 The 'Teacher'

    026 1.5 The 'pupil'

    026 1.6 Wise lessons by wise men

    031 <Chapter 2 - The Lion's Den: 3...Nbd7 4.f4 e5>

    032 Variation 1: 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nxe5 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8

    033 Variation 1.1: 8.Bg5

    037 Variation 1.2: 8.Bf4

    038 Variation 1.3: 8.Nf3

    040 Variation 2: 5.Nf3 exd4 6.Qxd4 c6

    043 Variation 2.1: 7.e5

    046 Variation 2.2: 7.Be3

    055 Variation 2.3: 7.Bd2

    057 Variation 3: 5.Nf3 c6

    058 Variation 3.1: 6.dxe5

    064 Variation 3.2: 6.Be2

    067 Variation 3.3: 6.Bd3

    068 Variation 3.4: 6.Bc4

    077 <Chapter 3 - The Lion's Claw: 3...Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5>

    079 Variation 1: 5.Be2 Be7 6.0-0 c6

    081 Variation 1.1: 7.a4

    084 Variation 1.2: 7.b3

    086 Variation 2: 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0-0 h6 7.a4 c6

    093 Variation 2.1: 8.Be3

    095 Variation 2.2: 8.b3

    098 Variation 2.3: 8.Qe2

    102 Variation 2.4: 8.h3

    112 Variation 2.5: 8.dxe5

    117 <Chapter 4 - The Lion's Roar: 3...Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bc4>

    118 Variation 1: 5...Be7

    118 Variation 1.1: 6.Bxf7+

    130 Variation 1.2: 6.dxe5 dxe5

    149 Variation 1.3: 6.Ng5

    165 Variation 2: 5...h6 6.dxe5 dxe5 7 Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ Kg8 9.Ng6 Rh7

    169 Variation 2.1: 10.Qd4

    171 Variation 2.2: 10.0-0

    175 <Chapter 5 - The Lion's Yawn: 3... e5>

    177 Variation 1: 6.Bc4

    178 Variation 1.1: 6...Bb4

    185 Variation 1.2: 6...Ke8

    195 Variation 1.3: 6...Be6

    205 Variation 2: 6.Bg5

    205 Variation 2.1: 6...Be6

    214 Variation 2.2: 6...c6

    217 Variation 2.3: 6...Bd6

    221 <Chapter 6 - The Lion's Mouth: 3...Nbd7 Anti-Lion Systems>

    224 Variation 1: 4.Be3 e5 5.f3 Be7 6.Qd2 c6

    226 Variation 1.1: 7.0-0-0

    228 Variation 1.2: 7.Nge2

    232 Variation 2: 4.g4 h6

    235 Variation 2.1: 5.Be3

    239 Variation 2.2: 5.h3

    243 Variation 3: 4.Nf3 e5 5.g4

    245 Variation 3.1: 5...h6

    249 Variation 3.2: 5...Nxg4

    Shirov's <5.g4>

    Black Lion:

    check 4 Philidor:

    Game Collection: Deep Six Defenses to the Bottom of the Sea ;

    Game Collection: winning with the philidor ;

    72 games, 1795-2017

  2. 98_The Big Clamp Theory / White Lion Formation
    "IM Lawrence Day 's <The Big Clamp<>> was first published as two articles in Modern Chess Theory (1980-1981) and later as a book titled "The Big Clamp: An Anti-Sicilian System" (The Chess Player 1984) which included two additional games.

    It offers an inspiring approach to fighting for square control beginning with 1.e4 typically followed by f4, clamping down on the dark squares. Though even Day had his doubts about some of the odd ways players have tried to achieve the clamp (including 1.e4 e6 2.e5!? or 2.Qe2!?), his ideas have had a lasting influence.

    I have included a number of supplemental games to illustrate the 19th Century origins of The Big Clamp and its continuing influence today."

    - User: kenilworthian

    Other collections on <The Big Clamp>:

    Game Collection: The Big Clamp ! (122 games)

    Game Collection: The Big Clamp after 1.e4 e5 a supplement to The Big Clamp game collection, suggesting ways White can attempt a big clamp strategy after 1.e4 e5. (28 games)

    Game Collection: The Big Clamp for Black supplement to The Big Clamp game collection, where Black tries to achieve the same cramping strategy. (35 games)

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    "I have assembled a games collection at titled The Big Clamp to help me study IM Lawrence Day 's "Big Clamp" strategy. I first read about "The Big Clamp" in Modern Chess Theory where it was published as "Sicilian - The Big Clamp" (3:5-6, pp. 46-59) and "The Big Clamp II" (4:1, pp. 42-55).

    Those interested in getting a copy can purchase the 1980-1981 and 1981-1982 volumes of Modern Chess Theory edited by Raymond Keene from Hardinge Simpole, or search out Day's rare little volume titled <The Big Clamp>: An Anti-Sicilian System (The Chess Player 1984) which reproduces those two articles with two additional games Day played in 1983.

    In researching this post, I discovered that Day's 32-page pamphlet can also be viewed and downloaded at Scribd (see <The Big Clamp>: An Anti-Sicilian System). My 100-game collection includes most of the games given by Day along with some of my own supplements showing the 19th Century origins of the clamp theme and some of its continued influence.

    I was intrigued enough by the 19th Century origins of the strategy that I picked up Cary Utterberg's wonderful book De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834: The Eighty-Five Games of Their Six Chess Matches, with Excerpts from Additional Games Against Other Opponents (McFarland 2005) which made me recognize how Philidor's pawn strategy influenced play up until the Romantic era of Anderssen and Morphy, when the focus of theory turned to tempi and made pawns mere objects of sacrifice to blast open lines for piece play.

    One of the most common ways to pursue <the Big Clamp> today is the <Grand Prix Attack> (1.e4 c5 2.f4) which McDonnell first employed with success in game five of the first match. According to Utterberg, this line was called the "<Philidor Variation>" because it followed analysis by Philidor. Not surprisingly, Morphy greatly disapproved of this line, writing, "If there is anything to be regretted in connection with the combats between these illustrious players, it is the pertinacity with which McDonnell persisted in adopting, in two of the debuts which most frequently occur, a line of play radically bad."

    He continues: "The move of [2.Nf3], or still better, [2.d4], are those now generally recognized as the best" (quoted in Utterberg, p. 58). In some ways, <The Big Clamp> represents a rediscovery of Philidor's legacy, as I suggested in my piece on <The Philidor Clamp>.

    That legacy continues today, most visibly in the intriguing 1.e4 c5 2.Na3 line in the Sicilian, which Stefan Bücker connects directly to <the Big Clamp> concept in his article "A Knight on the Edge."

    Nigel Davies (who had recommended <the Big Clamp> via 1.e4 c5 2.d3 in "Strangling the Sicilian with 2.d3!") picks up on 2.Na3 in "1.e4 for the Creative Attacker" which sets forth a very interesting <Big Clamp> inspired repertoire that includes Glek's Four Knights with g3, the McDonnell - Labourdonnais Attack (1.e4 e6 2.f4), and 2.f4 vs the Pirc. You can see a nice games collection at Chessgames to get a feel for the rest.

    You know an idea is deeply entrenched when even amateur players are invited to develop a repertoire based on its principles. <A Big Clamp> repertoire with 1.e4 followed by d3 is set forth in <De Witte Leeuw <(The White Lion)>> by Leo Jansen and Jerry van Rekom, the amateur authors of the interesting Black Lion (on 1...d6 leading to the Philidor).

    Another repertoire based on 1.e4 followed soon by f4 is presented by Alex Bangiev in White Repertoire for 1.e4, which includes the Vienna Gambit, Grand Prix Attack, and Advance Variation vs. the Caro-Kann.

    I have personally presented a number of articles that together begin to set forth <a Big Clamp> repertoire for White built around the Grand Prix Attack vs the Sicilian and the McDonnell - Labourdonnais Attack vs the French.

    Day's <The Big Clamp> has been a continuing inspiration, and one I wanted to share with others. I welcome readers' suggestions for how to fill out the rest of the repertoire, and I am especially intrigued by the idea of building <a Big Clamp> repertoire from the Black side. More to come."

    = = ♙e4/♙d3 = = = = ♙e4/♙d3 = = = = ♙e4/♙d3 = = = = ♙e4/♙d3 = =

    Anti-Sicilians - Update September 2010 - with GM John Shaw

    In this update I will concentrate on one line: 2.d3. I selected this move because, despite its harmless appearance, I want to create a challenging repertoire for White with an anti-Sicilian. In general, the anti-Sicilians are often disparaged as quiet lines for theory-dodgers, with quotes such as "The top players always play 2.Nf3 and 3.d4. That tells you something." True, but there are exceptions: Slovakian Super-GM Movsesian repeatedly uses 2.d3 (30 games and counting). Sure, that's just one counterexample to the myriad of Open players, but it does show 2.d3 is playable all the way up to 2700+ level, and not just as a surprise weapon

    66 games, 1904-2019

  3. A A A London System 4 (early c5) [White]
    51 games, 1901-2017

  4. B07 Pirc: Lion [Black]
    16 games, 1983-2013

  5. D00 London System # 4 [Black]
    26 games, 2012-2015

  6. Mating Patterns
    21 games, 1834-2004

  7. P/L/C Black Highlights Compiled by GumboG & CM
    This collection was compiled by GumboGambit. Chessmaster contributed 16 Lion games as well. Thank you GumboGambit and Chessmaster! Regrouping has taken place.

    Victories by Black playing Pirc versions (1.d6 2. Nf6). These would include Mainline/Modern (g6, Bg7), Lion (e5, Nd7), and Czech (c6), variations.

    For the most part, the opposition is either GM-level or similar skill level to that of Black. Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov are among the victims. This is to show that the system can work even against strong competition.

    * Black ...d6 Resources: Game Collection: 1...d6. A very interesting opening with no name

    * Old Indian by Day, Old Indian at Night:

    124 games, 1912-2015

  8. Pirc/Lion/Czech Highlights
    Victories by Black playing Pirc versions (1.d6 2. Nf6). These would include Mainline/Modern (g6, Bg7), Lion (e5, Nd7), and Czech (c6), variations.

    For the most part, the opposition is either GM-level or similar skill level to that of Black. Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov are among the victims.This is to show that the system can work even against strong competition.

    101 games, 1941-2014

  9. White Reversed Philidor Indians Old and Young
    White plays some order of Nf3, d3, e4 and Be2 instead of Bg2. Some might call it an Old Indian Attack Formation (aka Inverted Hanham). Some famous players have used it occasionally.

    This will be really slooow going for White as Nf3, d3, e4, and Be2 games do not have their own specific ECO code (which speaks poorly of the opening). White games w/Be2 are usually misidentified as King's Indian Attack. As always, I have included some hybrids, distant cousins, perverted mutts, and off-track examples as well.

    Some Black games will be included in here to add some flavor since they are far more common, better identified and analyzed.

    Thank you Chessmaster for the Lion/Petrov/Taylor Games!

    * Passive, but playable in the Russian Game: Game Collection: Alpha Russian (White)

    128 games, 1853-2020

  10. winning with the philidor
    26 games, 1858-2017

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