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1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4
I've decided to return to playing the 2...Bb4 line against the English.  Besides transpositional possibilities, is there any substantial (written?) material I can find on this in one place?  Even a ch...

Started 05/26/23 at 08:06:21 by George Jempty
4 873 Last Post 05/31/23 at 06:32:50
By: George Jempty
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1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 e3
What is the best way for Black to meet this line - it was David Cummings main recommendation in his English book as a way of avoiding a reverse Grand Prix attack?
Can Black play 3..f5 but how to ...

Started 08/04/22 at 12:47:49 by Krudos
6 1296 Last Post 08/06/22 at 06:24:57
By: MNb
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Questions about my repertoire in the c4 e5 complex
I am a full lifetime 1.d4 player who have been playing 1.Nf3 last two or three years. And now I wanted to try the English too. I am 1800 FIDE OTB and I play against 1600-2200 FIDE opposition,...

Started 05/17/22 at 09:20:57 by CanadianClub
8 1501 Last Post 05/18/22 at 07:59:36
By: CanadianClub
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Reverse Dragon
In the common sequence, 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. 0-0, almost everyone recently continued with 7. .. Be7.
Why is the idea of 7. .. Be6 not more popular? T...

Started 11/22/18 at 10:35:03 by RdC
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27 9770 Last Post 02/10/22 at 15:04:03
By: FreeRepublic
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Bc5-a7 hack attack
There is a line that is surprisingly common online, and scores extremely well in GM play, yet as best I can tell does not receive coverage from either Watson (Mastering the Chess Openings, Vol. 3) nor...

Started 03/22/21 at 08:00:11 by Bulldog
8 2971 Last Post 03/22/21 at 23:45:43
By: Paddy
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English Keres-like lines and central expansion
How does one handle playing the English Keres and lines similar to it. For example consider the central expansion idea c6 and d5 for black in something like or similar to
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e...

Started 11/21/19 at 19:26:21 by kevinfat
1 1646 Last Post 11/21/19 at 20:21:25
By: MartinC
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Help to complete a repertoire vs. 1. c4
I've always sort of ignored the English because I rarely face it. But then when I do, it's always a disaster.
So I'm trying to come up with something coherent against it. I've settled ...

Started 12/17/15 at 18:03:31 by kevinludwig
10 8890 Last Post 12/19/15 at 00:42:04
By: TN
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Bologan DVD 1.c4 e5
I am curious if anyone who owns Bologan's DVD on 1.c4 e5 could share your opinion on the lines chosen and the quality of coverage (realizing that a DVD will be by definition somewhat limited.)  From t...

Started 04/02/13 at 19:14:17 by WSS
6 8627 Last Post 05/05/15 at 20:54:22
By: AlienOctopus
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Help needed! how to deal with the Vector gambit?
Anyone? i have sudied many english opening repertoires...including Mihail marin...tony kosten etc..but this vector gambit thing is not covered in any book..does anyone know a good way to play against ...

Started 02/24/15 at 03:50:57 by raja
6 8335 Last Post 04/06/15 at 10:18:58
By: Lanark
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English Reversed  Dragon
i own the nice Kosten english book, but it seems to be a little outdated now. I'm preparing for a local tournament and my opp always plays the e5 line. I've checked the line (book p.48/49 and...

Started 02/13/09 at 12:39:24 by BlunderKing
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22 23707 Last Post 10/20/14 at 19:23:45
By: TonyRo
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King's English 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 exd4
With this as the starting position, I have been simply unable to find anything positive for white after 5.Qxd4 Na6!?, but rather find black just equalizing very quickly. Does anyone have any positive ...

Started 05/01/09 at 20:56:41 by BPaulsen
6 8508 Last Post 10/19/14 at 07:16:12
By: fling
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Grand Prix Attack v English
It's by no means a new idea, but playing the Grand Prix Attack with reverse colours against the English was endorsed by Carlsen today and he was better after 14 moves with a characteristic f pawn sacr...

Started 06/12/14 at 19:14:02 by RdC
6 9516 Last Post 09/07/14 at 17:07:53
By: MNb
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Bc5 in the c4 e5 English
Has there been a recent article somewhere promoting this line ? The best player in my country played it as Black this month, my opponent in an ICCF correspondence tournament has played it and I faced ...

Started 10/30/13 at 09:26:08 by Laramonet
2 4825 Last Post 10/30/13 at 14:40:52
By: tony37
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A problem in Marin's mainline
I would like to know if an update is coming up for this line which seems it is just bad for White.  Here is the line -
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O Be78.a3 O-O ...

Started 05/30/13 at 18:33:10 by BladezII
1 4315 Last Post 06/06/13 at 15:19:27
By: TonyRo
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Keres System against English 2.g3
In "C.O.O.L. Chess" Motwani gives an interesting idea that I'd like to know how to combat from the White side, it goes:  
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 and now Christiansen playing a...

Started 01/15/04 at 20:02:02 by Glenn Snow
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63 62974 Last Post 05/23/13 at 09:55:39
By: zoo - Ex Member
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What to play against 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 c5!?
what if your opponent plays e5 first then plays c5 in order to avoid early d4 break lines by there any solution? SmileyBlacks plan is to employ Botvinnik setup with e5 c5 d6 g6 Bg7 Ne7 Nc6 etc

Started 03/07/13 at 09:57:20 by raja
10 9485 Last Post 03/07/13 at 20:55:20
By: fling
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English sub-optimal move order for Black
I have now played three games that started 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Be7. I can't find it mentioned in Marin's books (which I want to follow). I seem to recall something about Kosten saying White can pl...

Started 12/03/12 at 05:00:44 by fling
13 10675 Last Post 12/04/12 at 10:04:54
By: MartinC
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Reversed Dragon 13...Qb8!?
I'm still using my outdated Rybka 3. It came up with an interesting regrouping in this standard Reversed Dragon line:

A cute way of doubling up rooks, don't you agree? Sometimes the a8-rook never gets in the game after the more standard 13...Qc8 move. Meanwhile, the queen isn't totally out

Started 08/21/12 at 22:36:11 by Seth_Xoma
4 5460 Last Post 09/01/12 at 20:27:41
By: Ametanoitos
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Keres line against English Opening
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 c6
I hear that this line is suppose to give white a small edge. Does anyone know the analysis and lines behind this claim?

Started 02/14/11 at 02:01:31 by kevinfat
11 13685 Last Post 08/01/12 at 11:49:13
By: Vass
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Rarer paths in the Reversed Dragon
Following Nakamura’s inspiring win today I’m wondering about some of White’s rarer sixth-move tries in the Reversed Dragon, 1 c4 e5 2 g3 Nf6 3 Bg2 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 Nc3 Nb6. Nakamura’s 6 e3 was new to ...

Started 01/19/12 at 20:30:42 by Michael Ayton
1 3304 Last Post 01/20/12 at 22:55:11
By: Gilchrist is a legend
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