Five Sicilians from club play

by Bob Martin

Bob sent me these games with his own notes to illustrate both some nice amateur games with the Sicilian Defence, but also to illustrate what sorts of thinking and assessment goes on at club level. Bob is about an {A} player, so if that's where you want to be, this is the level of judgement you should be capable of. Thanks, Bob!
(28) Martin,R [B78]


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6

  (1) This initiates a dark-square game.

No More Old Stodge!

This club is a GP-free zone

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6

[No more Old Stodge!]

Support the campaign for d2-d4

by playing 4. c3, 4. b4 or 3. d4!

The position above is the Giuoco Pianissimo.

 "Giuoco Pianissimo" is an old Italian phrase meaning "very quiet game"; if you can't remember that you might prefer if we just call this line "Old Stodge"...

The Queen's Gambit Accepted/Isolated Queen's Pawn

Peter Lane, 2nd March 1998

'...a system, imperfect though it may be, is preferable to move to move improvisation' -- KONIG

  Studying opening theory is one of the best and worst tasks for the ambitious chess player: the best, because catching your opponent with a prepared tactical or strategical plan gives you a headstart to victory; the worst, because no- one likes mugging up variations.

The Deadly English

by Chris Bellers

Openings for Black and White

Subject: Re: Help needed: Any similar black and white opening systems?

References: < 4e0avl$ >

In article < 4e0avl$ >
 (Mlkienholz) writes:

>Hi netters,
>Does anyone have any advice for selecting an opening system? I have been
>that this is my achilles heel. What I'm looking for is a black and white
>system that has similar objectives, like maybe the Sicilian and the
>But I'd also like to find something that is flexible, and useful against

Tales of the Unexpected: dealing with Unorthodox Openings

"All openings offer good winning chances in amateur play" -- LOMBARDY.

  I used to know a Henry who was known as H4 Stewart because of his inclination to 1.h4 as an opening move, and I'm sure it saved him a lot of time sweating over the latest line in the Sicilian Dragon. How should you reply to openings like this? If faced with 1.h4, or anything else unusual, just keep playing good chess - keep calm, keep developing, keep your eye on the centre, and keep your wits about you.

  Let's put a bit of detail alongside that.

Moller Attack

From  Mon Dec  2 13:33:20 1996
Subject: Re: Guioco Piano notes
To: (Andrew Lord)
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 13:33:18 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Andrew

> I've just got addicted to chess 

Sympathy: there is no cure...

> I'm stuck on a problem with a Guiuco Piano line. I got as far 
> as:
> 1. e4 e5
> 2. Nf3 Nc6
> 3. Bc4 Bc5
> 4. c3 Nf6
> 5. d4 exd4
> 6. cxd4 Bb4+
> 7. Nc3 Nxe4
> 8. 0-0 BxN
> 9. d5


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