15993 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Hypermodernists tend to favor flank openings such as f4(Bird's) c4(English) and Nf3(Reti). I play 1. c4 ___ 2. g3. Can this line of the English be used agressively? Or must it be from a defensive standpoint.
Don't mistake the intent to build up before starting an attack as playing defensively. White is quite aggressive in the english, sometimes with a king side attack sometimes with queen side expansion to disrupt and win pawns there.
Personally I think 2.g3 isn't always the best option (although it's the popular repertoire now), and that the most aggressive English options usually intend to play d4 very quickly.
You can play aggressively no matter what the first moves are. It's up to you. Seek out the wins by Pillsbury, Lasker, Rubinstein, Capablanca, Marshall, and Alekhine on the Black side of the QGD.
As my old mentor once told me, "Forget about a dangerous opening, be a dangerous player!"
I like your mentor!
The Botvinnik setup (c4, g3, Bg2, Nc3, e4, Nge2, d3, O-O, h3, etc.) going for fluid development and a natural kingside expansion plan, at the cost of making the d4 square extremely weak, could be considered aggressive.
I am definitely a hypermodernist. I have never liked playing 1.d4, and 1.e4 was somewhat more to my taste. Yes, yes....love doing something to the f-file on the first move (1.nf3 or 1.f4 for me!)
I still have this misconception that the english is a boring opening...which is pathetic since all of the world's elite are playing it. Look at Aronian's game against Wang Hao at Tata Steel this past January. He CRUSHED him in the opening/ early middlegame with such a "boring" setup. You would be surprised how simple looking positions can be so deadly.
You can play any position aggressively, but it simply may not be the best idea. English players like to play for the d5 square or like to avoid the sharpest variations of Grunfeld.
Carlsen Loses Two Games In A Row!
by Dudido111 a few minutes ago
Carlsen just loss two in a role..
by johnmusacha a few minutes ago
Chess 960. Good or bad for chess as a game.
by goommba88 3 minutes ago
The Role of The Subconscious In Chess
by kaynight 3 minutes ago
Inflame Your Emotions To Artificially and Temporarily Improve Your Game
by chess_gg 5 minutes ago
Games between GMs and Experts/Class A players
by SocialPanda 5 minutes ago
What is YOUR chess personality?
by kaynight 8 minutes ago
Threads Are Like Flypaper: They Want You To Stick Around
by HolyFlame777 11 minutes ago
Solve the endgame 10
by rupali1998 11 minutes ago
by trotters64 12 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!