Monday, February 20, 2012

Basic White Chess Repertoire with 1.e4 and KEBU

It's Main Line Monday. My plan is to present variations for openings training. Last week we looked at the most commonly played 100 Basic Opening Positions. That has interest, but what is really helpful is to have a repertoire. A chess opening repertoire is the set of moves at the beginning of the game that you prepare in advance. It makes sense to be ready for the most common moves your opponents are likely to play.

Some of the training software I have used over the past 20 years includes ChessBase, NIC, Bookup / Chess Openings Wizard and Chessimo. These are excellent.

I found KEBU Chess. I saw it as an ad on my blog and clicked on it. I tried it a little and decided to buy the program. It seemed good at the time, but I have since had it removed from my computer.

KEBU Chess had two separate programs:

1. Chess Puzzles 2009. This has 1000 tactical training positions from master games played in 2008 and 2009 divided into Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. The "Beginner" tactics are short 2-3 move combinations where masters lost material or got mated.

2. Chess Opening Memorizer 2010. This has places for you to add PGN opening files for training with either color. KEBU has you repeat each line until you play it perfectly two times. At 1-2 seconds per move, it took me 4-5 minutes to finish the lines below twice.

We start with main lines for White after 1.e4, what Bobby Fischer famously called, "Best by test." This week I focus on the top 100 moves for White, which means about 200 positions since Black has moved too. For this basic level, I have not gone beyond 9 moves in any line.

Most of the lines below are historically the most popular, except I went with the more recent trendy Be3 lines in the Sicilian Defence, Pirc Defence and Modern Defence. For the Najdorf Sicilian, since 2000, 6.Be3 is the most popular. In the Modern Defence, 4.Be3 is the most popular. For those who cut/paste, I have presented these lines in PGN format.

[Event "Repertoire 1.e4"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.02.19"]
[Round "?"]
[White "1.e4 White 100"]
[Black "Main Lines"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "B90"]
[Annotator "Sawyer,Timothy E"]
[PlyCount "17"]
[EventDate "2012.02.05"]
[SourceDate "2012.01.29"]

1. e4 c5 (1... e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 (2... Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3
Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. c4 Nb4 9. Be2) 3. Bb5 a6 (3... Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6.
Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3) 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7.
Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3) (1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6.
bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7) (1... c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4
Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3) (1... d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3.
Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4) (1... Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5.
Be2 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. c4 Nb6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Be3) (1... d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4.
Be3 Bg7 5. f3) (1... g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 Nf6 5. f3) 2. Nf3 d6 (2...
Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 (4... g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. f3 d6 8. Qd2) (
4... e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 Nf6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3) 5. Nc3 e5 (5... e6 6. Ndb5 d6 (
6... Bb4 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. Nxc3 d5 9. exd5) 7. Bf4 e5 8. Bg5) 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6
8. Na3) (2... e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8.
O-O-O Bb4 9. f3) 3. d4 cxd4 (3... Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4) 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3
a6 (5... Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 (8... h6 9. Be3) 9. f3) (5... g6
6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O) 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Be7 9. Qd2
*

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