What sequence of opening moves can include most different named Openings or Defenses by transpositions?

For example, I just played a bullet game that went:

1.d4 e5 2. e4 d6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bb5.

In this sequence, we have, in just four moves:

Queen’s Pawn Opening; Englund Gambit; King’s Pawn Opening; Center Game; Philidor’s Defense; Ruy Lopez; Steinitz Defense to the Ruy Lopez;

Very interesting is also:

1.e4 d5 2.d4 c6 (or 2...e6), and so on.

Are there any other similar (or better) examples of this kind?

  • Sure, but the number of moves increases. One could always go 1.Nf3 and 2.Ng1 to have the Reti included, for example. Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 14:12
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    Take a look at Panov-attack Caro-Kann's that magically enter Queen's gambit territory
    – David
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 14:59
  • I've had more than one game go pirc/modern -> kings indian -> benoni -> benko Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:46
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    I'm not sure of the names of all the openings but I think this one went through a few transpositions: 1.d4 Nc6 2.e4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxe4. Queen's Pawn Game, Bogoljubow Defense, Nimzovitch Defense, Kevitz Defense, Scotch Game, Scotch Four Knights Game.
    – bof
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 3:43

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Another well-known example is the following:

[fen ""] 
1. f4 {Bird's Opening} 1... e5 {From Gambit} 2. e4 {King's Gambit} 2... d5 {Falkbeer Counter Gambit} 3. exd5 exf4 {King's Gambit Accepted}

A total of 5 distinct names.
Bird's Opening
From Gambit
King's Gambit
Falkbeer Counter Gambit
King's Gambit Accepted

  • Shouldn't that last one be Falkbeer Countergambit Accepted, not King's Gambit Accepted? King's Gambit Accepted would involve exf4.
    – D M
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 2:00
  • @dm The last move is exf4. That's where it transposes. 3... e4 or 3... c6 are the main lines of the Falkbeer.
    – Herb
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 2:25
  • OK, I have no idea how I missed the last move.
    – D M
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 11:23

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