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Openings in Descending Order

This list was compiled from the December 2002 Chess Life Index of all the games for that year. Example: There were 73 Sicilian Defense games published in Chess Life for the year of 2002 1. 73 Sicilian Defense SICILIAN def. ALAPIN var. SICILIAN def. BOLESLAVSKY def. SICILIAN def. CLOSED SYSTEM SICILIAN def. DRAGON var. SICILIAN def. LABOURDONNAIS var. SICILIAN def. LASKER var. SICILIAN def. MAROCZY BIND SICILIAN def. NAJDORF var. SICILIAN def. PAULSEN var. SICILIAN def. RICHTER ATTACK SICILIAN def. SCHEVENINGEN var. SICILIAN def. SIMAGIN var. SICILIAN def. SOZIN ATTACK 2. 29 French Defense FRENCH def. CLASSICAL var. FRENCH def. TARRASCH var. FRENCH def. WINAWER var. 3. 25 Ruy Lopez RUY LOPEZ. BERLIN def. RUY LOPEZ. BIRD'S def. RUY LOPEZ. BREYER var. RUY LOPEZ. CHIGORIN def. RUY LOPEZ. CLASSICAL def. RUY LOPEZ. EXCHANGE var. RUY LOPEZ. MARSHALL ATTACK RUY LOPEZ. STEINITZ DEFERRED RUY LOPEZ. OPEN def. RUY LOPEZ. SCHLIEMANN var. RUY LOPEZ. SMYSLOV var. RUY LOPEZ. ZAITSEV var 4. 18 King’s Indian Defense KING'S INDIAN def. CLASSICAL var. KING'S INDIAN def. FIANCHETTO var. KING'S INDIAN def. FOUR PAWNS' ATTACK KING'S INDIAN def. SAEMISCH var. 5. 18 Nimzo-Indian Defense NIMZO-INDIAN def. LENIGRAD var. NIMZO-INDIAN def. RUBINSTEIN var. NIMZO-INDIAN def. SAEMISCH var. 6. 18 Queen’s Gambit Declined 7. 15 Caro-Kann Defense 8. 15 English Opening 9. 14 Slav Defense 10. 12 Gruenfeld Defense 11. 8 Dutch Defense DUTCH def. ILJIN GENEVSKY SYSTEM DUTCH def. LENINGRAD SYSTEM DUTCH def. STAUNTON gam. DUTCH def. STONEWALL var. 12. 7 Catalan Opening 13. 7 Pirc Defense 14. 6 Phildor’s Defense 15. 6 Queen’s Gambit Accepted QUEEN'S gam. ALBIN COUNTER gam. QUEEN'S gam. CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS var. QUEEN'S gam. EXCHANGE VARIATON QUEEN'S gam. ORT def. QUEEN'S gam. ORT def. LASKER def. QUEEN'S gam. ORT def. TARTAKOWER def. QUEEN'S gam. RAGOZIN SYSTEM QUEEN'S gam. SEMI-SLAV def. QUEEN'S gam. SEMI-TARRASCH def. QUEEN'S gam. SLAV def. QUEEN'S gam. TARRASCH def. QUEEN'S gam. var. WITH 5.BF4 16. 5 King’s Gambit Accepted 17. 5 Two Knights Defense 18. 4 Petroff’s Defense 19. 3 Bishop’s Opening 20. 3 King’s Indian Attack 21. 3 Modern Benoni 22. 3 Old Indian Defense 23. 3 Pribyl Defense 24. 3 Queen’s Indian Defense 25. 3 Scotch Game SCOTCH gam. & PONZIANI'S OPENING SCOTCH GAME 26. 3 Vienna Game 27. 2 Alekhine’s Defense 28. 2 Benko Gambit 29. 2 Benoni Defense 30. 2 Colle Ststem 31. 2 Flank Opening 32. 2 Four Knight’s Game 33. 2 Giuoco Piano 34. 2 Modern Defense 35. 2 Nimzovich Defense 36. 2 Owen’s Defense 37. 2 Polish Opening 38. 2 Scotch Four Knights 39. 2 Trompowsky Attack 40. 1 Barcza System 41. 1 Basmania 42. 1 Bird-Indian Opening 43. 1 Businessman’s Opening 44. 1 Englund Gambit 45. 1 Bird Opening - From Gambit 46. 1 Grob Opening 47. 1 Irregular Opening 48. 1 King’s Fianchetto 49. 1 King’s Gambit Declined 50. 1 Larsen’ Opening 51. 1 Latvian Gambit 52. 1 London System 53. 1 Morra Gambit 54. 1 Neo-Gruenfeld Defense 55. 1 Nimzovich Attack 56. 1 Old Benoni 57. 1 Orangoutain 58. 1 Queen’s Indian Defense 59. 1 Queen’s Pawn Game 60. 1 Reti Opening 61. 1 Two Knight Tango

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