Still nailed in first place is the Sicilian Defence : what more can be said, even Anand chose to play it in the current WCC, so one can hardly complain !
Remaining in the top ten, and more on less in the same proportions, are the usual suspects of the French Defence, Queen's Pawn Systems, and the English Opening, just like last season.
It seems we amateurs stay with what we know.
Bubbling under the top 10 are the Slav, Pirc, Grunfeld, Scandinavian, Nimzo-Indian, Two Knights and Alekhine, all in double figures for number of games played.
Bringing up the rear, with only 1 game each, are the Modern Benoni ( Black lost but was rated 100 point below White ) , Budapest Gambit ( Black won, but was 150 points higher than White) , an Elephant Gambit (Black lost, but was 200 points lower-rated than White ) and of course, the endearing Falkbeer Counter-Gambit ( a draw this time! but Black was 120 points higher-rated ).
Does that mean that, when you get down to the the result, the opening doesn't really matter, its just the better player ? Answers on a postcard , please !
Shortest win ? 9 moves, White didn't miss the knight fork !
|9. Nf7+ !! Black Resigns|
Below, the plain facts....
If you play e4 , prepare for the Sicilian. I'm not properly prepared, so I don't play e4 :)
|C00-C19||French Defence||97 ( 10.8%)|
|D00-D05||Queen's Pawn ( General)||76 ( 8,4% )|
|D30-D69||Queen's Gambit Declined||65 (7,2 % )|
|A10-A30||English||61 ( 6,8 % )|
|B10-B13||Caro-Kann||51 ( 5.6 %)|
|C60-C99||Spanish Game (Ruy Lopez)||46 (5%)|
|A45-A50||Indian & Torre Attack||38 ( 4,2 %)|
|E60-E99||King's Indian Defence||37 (4%)|
|A04-A09||Reti||30 ( 3.3% )|
For those interested, all games were re-indexed byECO code using Chess Assistant 11,.
The Opening classification ranges ( ie grouping ECO codes), I borrowed from Chessville (many thanks, although it seems to have disappeared :(
See also T56 Summary, T55 Summary, T51 Summary, T50 Summary and T47 Summary, T57-59 Summary and T61 Summary.