A bird's eye view of repertoires

13th_Feb_2010: A bird's eye view of repertoires

I've compiled a spreadsheet of recommended White repertoires from various books, websites and other sources; it is interesting that some sort of consensus emerges, at least for the 1.e4 player, even though no one book recommends the complete list:
  • Main system: Scotch Four Knights'
  • Alekhin (1...Nf6): Exchange
  • Caro-Kann (1...c6): Panov-Botvinnik
  • French (1...e6): Tarrasch
  • Pirc/Modern (1...g6): 150 Attack
  • Scandinavian (1...d5): Main lines
  • Sicilian (1...c5): Alapin 2.c3
There's some sort of theme there about looking for regular structures: there are IQP/hanging pawns structures around in several of the lines.

I'd be interested to hear of any additions (or corrections -- I don't own all this stuff so I've had to take some of it from reviews and BB comments).

Repertoires spreadsheet in Open office format
Same again in Excel 97 format

Chess Quotes

Chess and life
"Luzhin, preparing an attack for which it was first necessary to explore a maze of variations, where his every step aroused a perilous echo, begain a long meditation: he needed, it seemed, to make one last prodigious effort and whe would find the secret move leading to victory. Suddenly, something occurred outside his being, a scorching pain - and he let out a loud cry, shaking his hand stung by the flame of a match, which he had lit and forgotten to apply to his cigarette.
— Vladimir NABOKOV, The Defence.