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What does a hedgedog player play against 1.c4 2.g3
Since the early fianchetto prohibits to play the whitesquared bishop on b7, I'd like to know what you play against that setup,
currently I play the rubinstein, I think you get a good version of i...

Started 09/05/09 at 10:28:32 by battleangel (Ex Member)
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By: Antillian
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Best way for hedgehog devotees to deal with 2.g3 ?
Hello everybody,
looking at my black repertoire for some time now has brought me to a familiar dilemma. As a hedgehog player (against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 respectively) I have always had troubles playi...

Started 06/16/09 at 16:05:52 by CrushingAttack
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16 7951 Last Post 06/19/09 at 14:03:27
By: Markovich
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Recommended books on the Maroczy Bind (for White)
Please recommend books or anything on the Maroczy Bind (w/..g6) for _White_.
I am an 1.d4-player. I can get the Maroczy in the following move orders:
(1) 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 c5 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4: 5.....

Started 05/16/09 at 11:01:57 by HoemberChess
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By: HoemberChess
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Strongest lines for White after 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 c5
I'm considering, after 1 Nf3 Nf6, playing 2 c4 instead of my usual 2 g3, and am wondering which people think are the strong lines for White and which the more innocuous. I'm aware this is a hugely con...

Started 03/07/09 at 10:58:37 by Michael Ayton
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By: TN
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Gap in Hedgehog Coverage
There is a notable gap in the Symmetrical English Hedgehog coverage given here in the updates and the PDFs.  In the 7.Re1 line, Black's plan with delayed castling, ...Rc8 and ...Qb8, which has been kn...

Started 02/23/09 at 13:40:00 by Markovich
4 2241 Last Post 02/26/09 at 01:42:48
By: Markovich
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7.Re1 Hedgehog query
I had some queries about the position that occurs in the main-line Hedgehog with 7.Re1:
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0-0 e6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Re1 d6 (7...d5 and 7...Ne4 are also possible but ...

Started 02/07/09 at 21:11:35 by TN
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By: Sacapawn
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Looking for Edge Against Hedgehog
I've been putting a lot of work into the Hedgehog of late, but I can't seem to find any single way to get an edge for white, if black knows his move orders.
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 4. Bg2 Bb...

Started 11/02/08 at 11:08:44 by BPaulsen
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By: BPaulsen
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Poll: Hedgehog When Playing for the Win
I don't play 1. d4 d5 openings and so when faced with 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4, I have to make more exotic attempts to get into similar positions, such as the Nimzo English after 2. ...e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 or ventur...

Started 09/18/08 at 07:38:56 by exigentsky
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By: sssthepro
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Symmetrical english books
I would like to add the symmetrical english to my black repertoire.  However I fear that Chesspublishing section alone is not sufficient to build a complete repertoire for black. 
Looking at the...

Started 09/22/08 at 15:52:49 by ygramul
3 1766 Last Post 09/23/08 at 09:20:44
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Studying the Botvinnik Variation (Symm. English)
Hello everybody,
after employing 1.d4 main lines for several years, I finally found interest in my old "English" repertoire again. Based on Tony Kosten's great book "The Dynamic English" I have b...

Started 06/28/08 at 09:48:04 by CrushingAttack
6 4105 Last Post 08/04/08 at 12:43:00
By: Strategy_Rules
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Hedgehog-base anti-English
Would someone, anyone, care to lay out the principal branches of a defense to the English based on the Hedgehog?  I don't mean the Hedgehog itself, just what else somebody needs to know who is willing...

Started 04/03/08 at 00:40:06 by Markovich
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By: Markovich
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Kasparov gambit
What would you play in the Kasparov gambit if White puts his knight back on f3 instead of going to b5 (1.d4-Nf6 2.c4-c5 3.Nf3-cd4 4.Nd4-e5 5.Nf3).
Up to the statistics at, white is...

Started 04/06/08 at 08:48:03 by thibdb13
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By: Markovich
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"Ideas behind the Hedgehog?"
I notice that in his "Revolution of the 1970's", Kasparov remarks that Psakis was able to summarize in five short minutes how to play the black side of the Hedgehog. I would like to have heard what Ps...

Started 02/20/08 at 20:51:45 by Markovich
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By: Markovich
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Aronian Leko
What is the scoop on Qa4 after 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb5 Ne5 8.Bf4 Nfg4 9.Qa4? Does white have any chance of an edge or was Aronian just relying on its novelty?

Started 02/25/08 at 05:31:57 by bob000
1 1454 Last Post 02/27/08 at 03:56:06
By: kylemeister
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A rare gambit: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 b5!?
I recently discovered a rare but interesting gambit in the Symmetrical English, which occurs after the moves: 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 b5!?. The idea is to play as in a Volga Gambit with ......

Started 02/03/08 at 04:45:08 by DoubledPawns
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Double fianchetto for white
first of all it´s good to see the forum back in action  Smiley.
In two weeks I have to play against a stronger rated player with black. After visiting a weekend group training with a GM he s...

Started 10/27/07 at 23:29:35 by Lou_Cyber
2 3657 Last Post 10/29/07 at 10:11:43
By: Lou_Cyber
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Symmetrical English: Donaldson vs. Khalifman
I have "A Strategic Opening Repertoire" by IM John Donaldson, but I don't have any of the Khalifman series, "Opening for White according to Kramnik." My query relates to Opening for White acc...

Started 04/30/07 at 22:30:11 by Antillian
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By: zoo - Ex Member
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Dynamic English, Symmetrical Variation
Hi everybody,
in his "Dynamic English" Tony Kosten advocates playing with a3 and b4 against blacks symmetrical approaches. I know, some of you consider these lines as "harmless", but I stick to t...

Started 03/24/07 at 10:58:41 by Mettwurst Lothar
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By: Mettwurst Lothar
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4...d6 in the Symmetrical Four Knights
Hi gang!
As we know, the following line is probably a little better for White:
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 g6. 5.d4 cd4 6.Nd4 Bg7 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O Nd4 9.Qd4 d6 10.Qd3
There is of co...

Started 03/22/07 at 09:59:29 by Justinhorton
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By: Justinhorton
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English Botvinnik Setup against English
Hi. I'm looking for a solid defence against English 1. c4.
I'd like to try a botvinnik setup as Black (e5 - d6- c5 - Nge7 - Nbc6 - g6 - Bg7) but i've no examples
to studying this idea . Are ...

Started 11/21/06 at 11:00:35 by Alesab
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By: Alesab
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