on 08/11/09 at 13:50:33:
Well since the partisans of the white pieces haven't spoken, I will say that I think the most critcal tries after 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 are 6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb5 and the immediate 6.Nbd5. Personally I don't think 6.a3 is so very impressive, for example 6...Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7.
I like the direct 6...d5 7.cd ed 8.g3 Bc5 9.Nc6 bc played by Mamedyarov recently rather than something that feels like a hegdehog or e6 Sicilian. Yet I don't want to play main line Tarrasch as black, and no Maroczy, white can squeeze it, although that would make for an easier repertoire perhaps. Dropped the Botvinnik system: too slow and bulky for me.Thus I am trying to understand the sublties of 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cd 5.Nd4 e6.
Since I play the NID for many years now, 3.d4 cd 4.Nd4 e6 with ...Bb4 coming as examined by Cox fits. So 4 or 5...e6 seems approapriate. I'm even thinking of dropping the Queens-Indian (somewhat 'hedgehog-ish') for the Blumenfeld Gambit, which can transpose to English lines.
Against 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3, I've used 4...g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.00 00 7.d4 cd 8.Nd4 d6!? successfully so I'm sticking with it, trying to avoid another squeeze, although 9.Nc2 tries to continue limiting black's counterplay. Then I'll have to choose: 9...Be6 (most books) or 9...Qa5 ('!' -Mednis: 'How To Defeat A Superior Opponent').
Any repertoire suggestions, articles or books (...e6 in the symmetrical English, or otherwise) for my style? USCF 1986. I have McDonald's Starting Out: The English, and had The Dynamic English, and some Soltis (who doesn't?). Maybe that's enough. But some of you guys seems to have much more extensive 1.c4 libraries.