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  1. A 1. Nf3! Repertoire (Version 1.0)
    Based principally on the games of Karpov, Kramnik, Smyslov, and Petrosian.
    33 games, 1988-2005

  2. A 1. Nf3! Repertoire (Version 2.0)

    Eng1 (English Symmetrical Hedgehog) 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 ...

    Space, mobility, and weaknesses are principal factors. Likely endgame involves advanced pawns and rook(s).


    SS1 (Semi-Slav) 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O

    14 games, 1974-2000

  3. A 1. Nf3! Repertoire (Version 3.0)
    I think Nf3 is the best first move because it gives White the most flexibility in determining the pace of the game. This is particularly useful if you enjoy endgames and technical positions, as I do. The following are the variations that I've found most reliably give White a playable edge (with the least memorization necessary). The idea is to get to familiar, comfortable positions, which aren't sharp, which are outside the trendy theoretical lines, and which allow me to just play chess. Yes, I know these are mostly drawish lines. And yes, I really am this boring.

    QGD - Exchange variation - Positional line, 6.Qc2 (D36) 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c6 7. Qc2

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    Slav - Exchange variation
    1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5* 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4

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    <<Can the Nimzo/Queen's/Catalan trio be avoided with some English line?>> <<Can the King's/Gruenfeld/Old Indian be avoided with some Reti line?>> <<Remember a footnote for player's trying to reach a Dutch>

    19 games, 1935-2005

  4. A Caro-Kann Repertoire
    Key ideas in the Caro-kann.
    17 games, 1961-1997

  5. Daniel Pi's favorite games
    26 games, 1927-2010

  6. Karpov beats Kasparov
    This is not meant as an anti-Kasparov collection. He's a great player, but I prefer Anatoly. I consider his wins over Kasparov monumental feats, where logic and technique win over home preparation and superhuman accuracy.

    I can think of no more cataclysmic match up than Karpov-Kasparov, and it is on the best of these battles that I'd like to focus.

    13 games, 1984-1990

  7. Karpov Exploits the a-file
    It may just be a passing thing, but I noticed that Karpov seems to really like strangling his opponents on the a-file. I'll start the collection with the famous Unzicker game and add more as I encounter them...
    2 games, 1974-1975

  8. Karpov's Caro-Kann
    4 games, 1974

  9. Karpov's Games from Linares 1994!
    Karpov's best tournament- a textbook on aggressive positional play!
    13 games, 1994

  10. Kramnik plays the Catalan
    13 games, 1998-2007

  11. Most Instructive Games
    Not the most interesting or beautiful games (indeed, more often they may seem decidedly routine), but IMHO the most instructive. I've tried to root around for some obscure little etudes that are nonetheless examples from top-flight GM's.
    22 games, 1940-1987

  12. Most Prettiest Games
    Games that have what Fischer called "juicy" positions.
    1 game, 1956

  13. Simple Chess
    2 games, 1966-1974

  14. Solid Position vs. Speculative Tactics
    I am always refreshed to see wild, crazy attack thwarted by solid stategic play. It is always a great tragedy when the risk-taker wins. After all, he/she must be punished for unsound play, and here's where you get to see that punishment.
    6 games, 1971-2006

  15. Super Ponomariov
    Ponomariov is grossly underestimated. His positional insight and endgame technique are unbelievable, and I hope he'll get to be the legitimate (i.e. unified) champion one day.
    16 games, 1999-2006

  16. Temp
    4 games, 1998-2007

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