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New Chess Openings

  • FM FM_Eric_Schiller
  • | Mar 15, 2012

In the course of updating the Caxton Named Opening list I have been reading both the New in Chess Yearbooks and SOS series. Opening novelties are not dead. New ideas have been aided by computer tools, which have also rescued many obscure old ideas. Here are 50 ideas you may wish to explore.

OpeningVariation: Subvariation: Line: MoveList
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation: Ragozin Variation: Panov Attack: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd2 cxd4 7.exd4
Car-Kann Defense: Panov Attack: Modern Defense: Belavanets Variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Be6
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense: Fritz Variation: Berliner Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.BcNf64 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.Bf1 Nxd5
Philidor Defense: Anti-Lion: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nbd7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.g4
Spanish Game: Closed Variations: Gajewski Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 O-O 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation: Adams Attack: Karjakin Attack: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6 7.g4
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation: Sveshnikov Variation: Frolov Attack: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation: Fianchetto Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.g3
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack: Bosch Variation: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.a3
Modern Defense: Pseudo-Austrian Attack: Tiger Attack: 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3
French Defense: Classical Variation: Burn Variation: Neo-Morozevic: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe5 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 f5
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense: Czebe ariation: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 g6
Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation: Kasparov Gambit: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4  Bg6 8.b
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation: Romanishin Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5
Gruenfeld Defense: Lundin Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5
Gruenfeld Defense: Lundin Variation: Avrukh Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 dxc4 7. e3 Be6 8.Rb1 Nd7
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation: Gallager Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7  4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 O-O 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Rxe8 10.h3 a6
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation: Anti-Benoni Variation: Sargissian Gambit: 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb 5 Ne5 8.Bf4 Nfg 9.Qa4
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation: English Hybrid: Kramnik Line: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 O-O 6.Bg2 cxd4 7.Nxd4 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3
Sicilian Defense: Aussie Attack: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Bg5
Queen's Gambit Declined: Marshall Defense: Canal Gambit: 1.d4 d5 2.c Nf6 3.cxd5 c6
Caro-Kann Defense: Anti-Panov: 1.e4 c6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 Qa5
Sicilian Defense: Hyper-Accelerated Dragon: Velimirovic Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.h4
Indian Game: Tarzan Attack: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qd2
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf ariation: Short Attack: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a3
Queen Pawn Game: Dory Defense: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 Ne4
French Defense: Advance Variation: Portisch Variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Bd7 5.Nf3 a6
Bishop's Opening: Cohn Defense: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6
Spanish Game: Closed Variation: Gajewski ariation: Rb8
Four Knights Game: Blackburne Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Be2
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation: Harrwitz Vaiation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Be6\
Philidor Defense: Shirov Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nbd7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.g4
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Steiner Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Ne4
Bogo-Indian Defense: Vitolinsh Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5
Bird Opening: Edgy Knight Variation: 1.f4 Nh6
Semi-Slav Defense: Flear Variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.a3
Caro-Kann Defense: Short Variation: 1.e4 c6 2.Ne2
Sicilian Defense: Meszaros Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Rb8
Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation: Korchnoi Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Qf3
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation: Keene Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Qe8
French Defense: Legky Variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 a6
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation: Dementiev Variation: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ne2
Benoni Defense: Spielmann Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 Bf5
King's Indian Defense: Romanovsky  Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Nd2
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation: Fianchetto Defense: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 b6
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation: Kasparian Attack: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.g4
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation: Bely Variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nb5 d6 7.Na3
Gruenfeld Defense: Lundin Variation: Szekely Variation: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Ne4 5.Nxe4
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation: Littlewood Defense: 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Nf6
Slav Defense: Alapin Variation: Bellon-Murey Variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 a5

The complete list of over 3000 positions go to my resource page.


  • 19 months ago


    its nice to meet the french defense....

  • 4 years ago


    petrov defense 1e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 N*e4 d6 4 Nf3 N*e4 5 Qe2 cozio lasker attack

    1b3 larsen attack

  • 4 years ago


    e4 e6 d4 d5 nc3 h6 is a part of 

    C10 French, Paulsen variation

  • 4 years ago

    FM FM_Eric_Schiller

    1.Link fixed

    2.That French line isn't named yet.

    3. Some of these are old but recently rediscovered and established in the literature with GM examples.

  • 4 years ago


    what do you call this french defence variation?
  • 4 years ago


    The database says its called 

    St. George (Baker) defence

  • 4 years ago

    NM Splane

    Is there a name for this line I've been playing as Black: 1. e4 a6  2. d4 c5? If not I propose calling it the San Jose Defense.

  • 4 years ago


    From your Resource Page the "Caxton Named Openings in PGN" links to a "Page Not Found".

  • 4 years ago


    There's a small mistake in the Caro-Kann anti Panov. It has white playing 1. e4 and 2. e4

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago



    just cant understand them all.... I'm just beginner and cannot picture how its played

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