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

"The most important feature of the chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game (opening, middlegame and especially endgame). The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the Pawn structure."
— Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess.