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Playing d4
The sequence 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. c4 c5 leads to a position where White can play an immediate d4. For reasons I don't totally understand, the late Bent Larsen thought d4 (and ....

Started 08/31/16 at 00:22:41 by RdC
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By: RdC
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Svidler-Caruana, Candidates 2016
I haven't seen anything about this line in the forum, so I thought I'd try to start a discussion about this game and the other early h pushes when Black draws the knight away from the k side with an e...

Started 07/13/16 at 07:05:46 by iggystiv
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By: iggystiv
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Symmetrical English recommended by Kaufman
Does anyone have experience with the line recommended by Kaufman i.e. 1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 Bf5 ? I'm asking as an interested player from the white side. Is there a clear ...

Started 07/29/14 at 20:04:14 by Laramonet
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By: Laramonet
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In which category does the 'Hedgehog' belong ? It can be reached by way of the symmetrical english or by way of the maroczy bind sicilian.

Started 04/22/05 at 01:49:26 by elspringer
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By: elspringer
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Anti-Benoni/Symmetrical English Line
Here's an anti-Benoni line I've encountered in a couple of games.  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.Nc3 (instead of entering the Benoni with 4.d5) 4...cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Ndb5 d5 7.Bf4 0-0 and here there are...

Started 12/16/04 at 02:37:29 by OstapBender
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By: OstapBender
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Need help on symmetrical english
I play the white side. What should I do after
a) 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 d6 ?
ai) Qside pawn breaks with Rb1, a3 and b4
aii) Center pawn breaks...

Started 10/09/04 at 20:53:41 by Blitzonly
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By: Blitzonly
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New Symmetrical English Book
Chess Stars have posted on their website the contents for the second volume of their two books on the English.
Pretty high level at this stage but looks interesting.

Started 03/05/19 at 21:16:32 by MW
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By: mn
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Move order for Hedge Hog Query
How does one get to the hedge hog formation for black against 1.c4 and 1 Nf3? Does white have to participate or is completely up to black. I play Nimzo and QID against 1 d4.

Started 10/19/11 at 17:15:54 by Reverse
1 1300 Last Post 10/19/11 at 20:59:05
By: Vass
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nuances of 3_d5 in the Symmetrical (1.c4 c5,2_Nf6)
I am only getting acquainted with the defences, I still somehow find it more difficult to be on the Black side of the English Hedgehog than the position which arises after the Sicilian Kan 5....

Started 05/05/11 at 11:36:38 by HoemberChess
1 1740 Last Post 05/06/11 at 08:26:13
By: Ludde
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Drawbacks of Anti-Hedgehog
I am playing with the idea to play the Hedgehog vs. the English Opening (thx to Shipov's book).
However, I am not sure about the very simple Anti-Hedgehog move order 2.g3. Of course I can play s...

Started 05/03/10 at 21:03:18 by SchwarzRotGold
1 1794 Last Post 05/04/10 at 08:10:36
By: BPaulsen
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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 1359 Last Post 02/27/08 at 03:56:06
By: kylemeister
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1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 e6
Does anyone know about this move order?
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 e6 or 1 c4 e6 2 Nc3 c5
I cannot find it mentioned on, in Hansen's book, or in NCO.
Here 3 g3 seems like it migh...

Started 03/07/03 at 11:58:48 by honeymade
1 1827 Last Post 04/20/03 at 05:40:51
By: GMTonyKosten
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Any info on 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4
Is there any book/reference material on this for White?

Started 04/25/13 at 21:35:47 by najdorfslayer
2 2517 Last Post 04/26/13 at 16:40:34
By: tony37
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English 1.c4 c5 2.g3 g5!
If White plays passively in the English, Black can seize the initiative on move 2: Here is game I played against Houdini 3 on the Black side of the English:
1.c4 c5 2.g3 g5! 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d3 h6 5.B...

Started 01/11/13 at 14:59:56 by sloughter
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By: kylemeister
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Symmetrical English 6.g3
In the position after 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3, should Black play the fashionable 6...Qb6, or does he have an equivalent or superior move here, such as 6...Bc5 or 6...Be7? An...

Started 12/20/10 at 02:35:58 by TN
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By: kylemeister
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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
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By: Lou_Cyber
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mr. kosten or anybody, HELP!! - c4 rubinstein
hi there!
i own THE DYNAMIC ENGLISH and have a question about the line
1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cd Nd5 5. Nc3 Nc7 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. 0-0 e5
Here the mainline is 8. Nd2, but 8. Ne1 is ...

Started 03/10/05 at 08:57:56 by ivanhoe
2 1440 Last Post 04/03/05 at 14:37:59
By: Chess Hitman (Guest)
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An interesting line in the symmetric english!
Hi everyone!
The line in question is: 1.c4 c5 2. Cf3 Cc6 3.g3 g6 4.Fg2 Fg7 5. Cc3 e6 6.d4!?
I just got the new book from John Watson and he talks a lot about this line, ans he seems to like ...

Started 07/13/03 at 03:52:38 by krugman
2 2034 Last Post 07/29/03 at 13:30:51
By: krugman
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Larsen's excellent idea 6..Qd7
What are the best ways to deal with larsens 6..Qd7 in the symmetrical?
Kostens book i dont think mentions it and i have not checked if Marin mentions it or not.
BTW im talking about the posi...

Started 03/26/15 at 18:38:16 by SupaKoopaTroopa
3 2648 Last Post 07/13/16 at 09:23:54
By: GMTonyKosten
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The English Hedgehog Defence- Ftacnik
Hello! This is my first post (my national elo is around 2200)!
I Like the Hedgehog very much (With the black pieces) and I want to know what is your opinion about the new DVD "The English Hedgeho...

Started 07/10/13 at 09:16:04 by Flashman
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By: Devilman
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