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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #9 - 05/15/17 at 14:48:17
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I'll get it and have a good look, thanks.
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #8 - 05/15/17 at 02:35:34
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Evidently the Watson book had about 12 pages on the Closed English with e3.
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #7 - 05/15/17 at 01:32:51
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Volume 3 of Watson's Mastering the Chess Openings is a fairly comprehensive treatment of the English. I suspect you can find what you're looking for there.
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #6 - 05/14/17 at 21:49:35
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Well, I was thinking to the "Closed Sicilian with reversed colors" setup... i.e. when Black doesn't go for an early d7-d5, nor the ...Bb4 line...
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #5 - 05/14/17 at 21:23:27
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I wonder if you are just thinking of the stuff with ...Nc6 and ...g6 (surely the main traditional environment for e3/Nge2), or if you also want to play e.g. the (quite different) newfangled line in the Reversed Dragon.  Some of Black's other ways of playing, e.g. ...Nf6 and ...Bb4 (if White has played an early Nc3)* or the lines with early...c6, may render an e3/Nge2 approach not so good or indeed unplayable.

*One thing about 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bb4 4. Bg2 0-0 5. e3:  a GM-vs.-GM game I noticed (Arkell-Pert) became a tempo-down (for White) version of an old main line with 5. e4.
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #4 - 05/14/17 at 09:30:34
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Thanks for your feedback. Yes I find e3 and Nge2 very harmonious, and after all the ...e6 and ...Nge7 setup is the main line for Black in the Closed SIcilian, am I right? So what's wrong with playing it as White, with a plus tempo? Apart from the Nf3 and e3 line, with which I am not famiiar, what are the advantages of the Nf3 and d3 setup vs e3 and Nge2?
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #3 - 05/14/17 at 00:44:27
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grandpatzer wrote on 05/12/17 at 20:58:11:
What is in your view the best English opening repertoire book, advocating, for White, the e3 and Nge2 line vs 1...e5? I see that there are a few books advocating the Botvinnik set up vs 1...e5 (with Nge2 and e4) or the Nf3 variation.


I know of no such repertoire book. However, it is discussed (and recommended) as an "opening scheme", playable as Black in the Closed Sicilian and as White in the Closed English with ...e5) in at least one of Dvoretsky's books (I found it in his old Batsford book "Opening Preparation" book (with Yusupov) pp. 113-118.
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #2 - 05/13/17 at 23:35:00
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"Opening Repertoire: The English" by Cummings focuses on non-g3 lines in the main lines of both the 1.c4 e5 and 1.c4 c5 complex. A fresh approach because everybody is recommending g3 in the move 2 or 3.

But I suppose you want to play Ne2 and g3, aren't you?
  
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Re: Best English Repertoire book for White?
Reply #1 - 05/13/17 at 21:44:19
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None that I know of. For 1.c4 2.g3 there are the classics by Kosten and Marin and for 1.c4 2.Nc3 there is the new Everyman book Opening Repertoire by David Cummings. I have all three and can recommend both Kosten and Marin from playing them and Cummings as a future plan !
  
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Best English Repertoire book for White?
05/12/17 at 20:58:11
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What is in your view the best English opening repertoire book, advocating, for White, the e3 and Nge2 line vs 1...e5? I see that there are a few books advocating the Botvinnik set up vs 1...e5 (with Nge2 and e4) or the Nf3 variation.
  
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