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Curious if there has ever been a chess tournament (professional or not) where each round required a specific opening to be played.

For example, 5 minutes prior to the start of a each round, an opening is 'drawn from a hat full of openings' and that is the opening that must be played.

Nothing too obscure to be included...unless a list of all possible openings is provided prior to the start of the tourney, so people can at least have an idea of what they'll face.

One problem is that often, what appears to be one opening will sometimes transpose into another opening. Perhaps each game could start a few moves in to ensure the required opening is played.

I've heard of chess tourneys where a the entire tournament focused on a single opening. Just curious if something akin to the above has ever been done? My guess would be 'yes,' but that's a big guess!
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There have been tournaments where a limited range of openings has been permitted (e.g. gambit tournaments) but I'm not aware of any where a specific but unknown until gametime or shortly before opening has been required.
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They better stop it anyhow. We can not be having chess tourneys going in this lockdown.
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It was a long shot, but I thought I would ask. Lobo, now that you mention it, I do now recall hearing about gambit tournaments - I'd like to look those up.

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DANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smile
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Not entirely related, but I heard that Bobby Fischer was once pranked by friends who knew he so preferred pK4 opening, they attached glue to the square. Truth or rumor, chess fans? Lynn
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I've not heard of it, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me. Sounds like a good prank!
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On Jan 25, 2021, lynnef wrote:
Not entirely related, but I heard that Bobby Fischer was once pranked by friends who knew he so preferred pK4 opening, they attached glue to the square. Truth or rumor, chess fans? Lynn


Probably an urban legend, but it was actually (originally, at least) about the beloved queen's pawn of one of the greatest players to never become world champion - Akiba Rubinstein, who preceded Fischer by about half a century (and had different opening preferences, clearly!)

He was especially known for his skill in handling the endgame (particularly rook & pawn endings), and also combinations - he could uncork a brilliancy with the best of them, including Fischer. For a gorgeous and mind-blowing masterpiece of his, check out Rotlevi-Rubinstein:

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1119679
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Here's another great game from Rubinstein (vs. Capablanca)!

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Are any of you guys into the Fried Liver attack? Is there a way to transform (Not the right word) from the Danish or have an option of either opening ... Asking for a friend!!!!! Smile
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I don’t believe you can transpose (that’s the word you’re looking for) from the Danish into the Fried Liver because the second move in the Danish is d4, which ruins your shot at the Fried Liver.
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Fried Liver is usually associated with the Giuoco Piano or Two Knights Defence openings.

To answer the original question, there have been vast numbers of 'specific opening' tournaments played over the years. One of the biggest series was the so called Rice Tournaments that featured the Rice Gambit, a sub variation of the Kings Gambit. Actually there have been plenty of Kings Gambit Tournaments as well.

There's no point in listing any of them as 'Google is your friend' on this one!
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On Jan 29, 2021, Steven Keyl wrote:
I don’t believe you can transpose (that’s the word you’re looking for) from the Danish into the Fried Liver because the second move in the Danish is d4, which ruins your shot at the Fried Liver.

Could you try opening with the Fried Liver and then transpose into a form of the Danish? Smile
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On Jan 29, 2021, Steven Keyl wrote:
I don’t believe you can transpose (that’s the word you’re looking for) from the Danish into the Fried Liver because the second move in the Danish is d4, which ruins your shot at the Fried Liver.

Could you try opening with the Fried Liver and then transpose into a form of the Danish? Smile


You are welcome to give up as many pieces as you'd like in a gambit...just don't expect compensation against anyone but wood-pushers.

And to answer the OP, opening-theme tournaments are common and popular at the club level.
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On Jan 25, 2021, Chessmann wrote:
Here's another great game from Rubinstein (vs. Capablanca)!




Rubinstein beat Alekhine, Capblanca, and (Emanuel) Lasker the first time he played them.
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I'll have to put up photos from my chess book collection sometime. It's around 3,000 titles if you count bound volumes of magazines.
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On Mar 9, 2021, LobowolfXXX wrote:
I'll have to put up photos from my chess book collection sometime. It's around 3,000 titles if you count bound volumes of magazines.


3,000?!?! Smile Smile Smile

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