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Re: Solid Defense against English?!?!
Reply #4 - 06/11/06 at 11:24:54
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1...Nf6 and 2...e6 does not avoid e4 stuff.

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 is the Mikenas-Flohr variation (or Flohr-Mikenas Attack or Mikenas Attack).
  

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Re: Solid Defense against English?!?!
Reply #3 - 06/11/06 at 09:26:24
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1...e6 is obviously quite solid.
Of course, 1...Nf6 and then 2...e6 is there if you want to avoid e4 stuff.

By the way, I personally enjoy the Hedgehog.  Its very solid and not at all boring (at least not boring to me).


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Re: Solid Defense against English?!?!
Reply #2 - 06/10/06 at 20:44:07
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Dinomike100 wrote on 06/10/06 at 10:23:18:
Does anyone know of a solid defense against the English which has minimal transpositional possibilities.  I usually play the French against 1. e4 and the Nimzo-Indian/Dinomike1000 against 1. d4.  

Is black's position after the 1. ...e5 reply better or worse than white's position in the Sicilian?  That is, with white having the extra tempo, is the sicilian English stronger for white than the Sicilian is for black?



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1.c4  e6

White has very little chances of avoiding a Queen's gambit, or one of the indian defenses after 2...  Nf6 (if 2.e4 is not played). 

If White does play 2.e4 then you play your french.

I play   1....e6 if I want to play a Queen's gambit position as black
  

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Re: Solid Defense against English?!?!
Reply #1 - 06/10/06 at 16:08:24
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Having played both the Sicilian and the English at some point, I often feel that 1.e4 c5 and 1.c4 e5 are totally different in nature. Objectively I suppose white is better off after 1.c4 e5 than he would be as black after 1.e4 c5, but that's really just saying that white simply has the advantage of the first move and that 1.c4 is a fully respectable first move (like many others such as 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.Nf3 etc.).

The extra tempo of white does change to a considerable extent how each side should approach this situation. After 1.e4 c5 white has the option to go for the open sicilian, while variations with d7-d5 after 1.c4 e5 tend to be much more humble.

Anyway, 1...e5 is definitely a good answer to 1.c4, it's a matter of what kind of position you want though and you should not think that the positions you get will usually "feel" like the sicilian as white (unless your opponent misplays the opening, in which case such a positive development is of course always possible).
  
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Solid Defense against English?!?!
06/10/06 at 10:23:18
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Does anyone know of a solid defense against the English which has minimal transpositional possibilities.  I usually play the French against 1. e4 and the Nimzo-Indian/QID against 1. d4. 

Is black's position after the 1. ...e5 reply better or worse than white's position in the Sicilian?  That is, with white having the extra tempo, is the sicilian English stronger for white than the Sicilian is for black?
  
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