Annotated openings survey


GM Valeriy Aveskulov

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The strongest chess players emphasize the importance of openings in modern chess. Nearly 100% of their chess study is dedicated to preparing openings variations. All other aspects of chess (strategic understanding, endgames, study of classical games, etc.) were supposed to be studied at the beginning of their chess careers.

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But this is about top players. What should less experienced players do? Openings knowledge is not so important in the club player level. Even getting a winning position from the opening does not mean victory. I'm strongly convinced that players up to the 2400-2500 level should not sacrifice all their chess time solely on the study of openings. Books by Nimzovich, Dvoretsky, Aagard, Alekhine (and many others) should be studied. As well, mastership of analytical methods is the key for long-lasting REAL improvement.

But you shouldn't forget about openings completely. Spend less time on openings and more on chess improvement. I have seen that building up an opening repertoire is important and challenging. A lot of players can not use ChessBase and Rybka properly. Their openings books have a lot of material. Defining what lines are important is not a problem. Experience or a mentor's advice quickly sorts this out.

That's why I started helping my students by creating opening files for them. I do not claim that these files will resolve their opening repetoire deficiencies. But they provide a basis of introductory study. As well, unlike internet videos, you can save my files (in cbv or pgn format) and use them whenever you need to without any problems.

What do my files include? I include main lines and references to important games. Of course I provide this material with explanations where required. I do not overload the files with superfluous material. Whenever you are needed to prepare a concrete line for a concrete game you can just look at the appropriate file and get the required foundation.

My files are very convenient. You can both watch them on computer screen and print out pgn file and look at variations on the board. As well, whenever you see some good game played in already existing line, you can just add it to that file. Also you can add there your games played by these variations.

The level of player I try to help is the 1500 to 2400 range. Of course, files will be useful not equally for them but I am sure they will be! As well, I offer an email-support for lines that test my analysis. If you downloaded the file and you have some questions about some position or whatever – just send me an email and I will help you.

Prices for the files varies since it took a different amount of time to prepare them. But general price politics is such that it should not be a problem for you to obtain material you are looking for if I have it.

I hope these files will help you to get what you were looking for and to save you a lot of time for trainings in other fields.

I am going to continue my work on the openings files. So, come back here and look for what you need!


White opening repertoire with 1.e4!
B01 Scandinavian defense 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 (2...Nf6) 3.Nc3 Qa5 (3...Qd8, 3...Qd6) $3
B03 Alekhine's defense: Exchange var. 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 $3
B03 Alekhine's defense: Four pawns attack 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 $3
B07 Pirc: Byrne var. 1.e4 d6 (1...g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5) 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 $3
B09 Pirc: Austrian attack 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 $5
B10 Caro-Kann: Closed (Breyer) var. 1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 $3
B15 B16 Caro-Kann: Tartakower var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6 exf6, 5...gxf6 $3
B17 Caro-Kann: Steinitz var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 $3
B18 B19 Caro-Kann: Classical var. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 $3
B22 B27 Sicilian defense: Hungarian and Alapin's var.s 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 $3
B26 Sicilian defense: Closed 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 $3
B30 Sicilian defense: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack (without 3...d6) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 $5
B40 Sicilian defense 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 $3
B51 Sicilian defence: Moscow attack 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5 $5
C02 French: Advance var. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 $5
C41 Philidor's defense 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Re1 c6 8.a4 $3
C42 Petrov's defense: Nimzovich attack 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 $5
C45 Scotch game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 (4...Bb4 5.c3 Bc5 6.Be3) 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 $5
C45 Scotch game: Mieses var. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 $5
C45 Scotch game 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 Ne5 8.Be2 Qg6 9.O-O d6 10.f4 Qxe4 11.Bf2 $3


Black opening repertoire
B01 Scandinavian: Exchange 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 $3
D31 QGD: Exchange 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 $3
D32 D34 QGD: Tarrasch 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 $5
D55 QGD: Neo-Orthodox 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.e3 O-O $3
D37 QGD: Classical 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 c5 $5
D58 D59 QGD: Tartakower 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3b6 (7...Nbd7) $5
A88 Leningrad Dutch: Main with 7...c6 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O d6 7.Nc3 c6 $5
E05 Catalan Opening: Open, Classical line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 $5