November 1960 saw the 14th Chess Olympiad take place in Leipzig in the former GDR, during the days of the Berlin Wall. (Come to speak of it, could this despicable wall still be a reason for some to avoid the now popular Ruy Lopez branch? Or more to the point, in general, why should we name opening lines after human misdemeanours? The Kalashnikov variation in the Sicilian opening also springs to mind, but it is said to be named after a Viacheslav Kalashnikov.

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