American Variation Transpositions

While researching the American variation the name of a player from Atlanta jumped out at me from the CBDB. Sanjay Ghatti played an accepted variation against the Scandinavian defense, a favorite of one of the top players, and former Georgia Champion, Damir Studen. The game was played a couple of years ago and Sanjay is a far stronger player today because of losses like this game, for as former World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca said, “You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” (

Sanjay Ghatti vs Manuel Nieto (1892)
Philadelphia Int 2012
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Be2 c6 6. Nf3 Bf5 7. O-O e6 8. Re1 Qc7 9. Be3 Bd6 10. h3 O-O 11. Qd2 Nbd7 12. Rad1 Nb6 13. Nh4 Bg6 14. Nxg6 hxg6 15. Bg5 Nbd5 16. Nxd5 cxd5 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. c3 Kg7 19. Bd3 a6 20. Re2 f5 21. Rde1 Rh8 22. Qg5 Bf4 0-1

The position after8…Qc7 can be obtained after the move order 1 e4 d5 2 ed5 Qd5 3 Nc3 Qe5+ 4 Be2 c6 5 d4 Qc7 6 Nf3 Bf5 7 0-0 e6 8 Re1 Nf6.

Here is another game that reaches the same position by a different move order:

Christian Grosse (1885) vs Christoph Natsidis (2284)
15th Leipzig VfB Open 2008
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Be2 c6 6. Nf3 Bf5 7. O-O e6 8. Re1 Qc7 9. Nh4 Bg6 10. d5 cxd5 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. Qxd5 Be7 13. Bb5+ Nc6 14. Qc4 Bxh4 15. Qxh4 O-O 16. Bf4 Qb6 17. a4 a6 18. Be3 Qc7 19. Bxc6 Qxc6 20. c3 Rad8 21. Rad1 Rd5 22. Rd4 e5 23. Rd2 Bd3 24. f3 f5 25. Qb4 e4 26. fxe4 fxe4 27. Bd4 Rg5 28. Qe7 Rg6 29. a5 h6 30. b4 Rg5 31. Rb2 Rf7 32. Qd8+ Kh7 33. Rd2 Rgf5 34. h3 Qg6 35. Qb8 Qg5 36. Rb2 Rf1+ 37. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 38. Kh2 e3 39. Qe8 Qf4+ 40. g3 Rf2+ 41. Rxf2 Qxf2+ 42. Kh1 Qf3+ 43. Kh2 Be4 0-1

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