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english is a huuuuuge subject (just ask strunk and white). wow.
Although I won't choose 1.c4 to play the English from the white side, I do occassionally play 1...c5 to lead to the symmetrical system, I enjoyed this lesson I think it will help me in future games.
Helpful. I'm new to English (the opening, not the language), and this was a very clearly explained dip into it. Nicely done.
I'm also interested in the Botvinnik system for white. Thanks Roman!
Another fine presentation.
I'm glad to hear that you've refuted an opening system named after and recommended by a World Champion and one of the best innovators and theoriticians of all time!
Botvinik system leads to equal play or slightly better for black, the variations roman suggests is much stronger ;)
Thank you, Roman! My vote again for the Botvinnik system if you can/want! I hope there is interest from other members too...
by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Today Roman reviews more Symmetrical English, focuses on black's other options outside of the immediate 5...d5 push in the center. He highlights white's interesting idea of giving up the fianchettoed bishop along the h1-a8 diagonal in exchange for positional targets, the potential transpositions to Maroczy Bind structures, and much more!
Intermediate | Advanced
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A30)
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GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
GM Dzindzichashvili was once one of the top players in the world. Born in Georgia, his chess first developed in the USSR. While still an International Master, he defeated opponents like Botvinnik and Bronstein before emigrating, first to Israel where he became a Grandmaster, and then to the United States. His accomplishments in the U.S. include two U.S. Championship first places, and one World Open. He has not played actively in tournaments recently, but has become even more famous perhaps in the U.S. for quality instructional materials, in particular chess videos! Roman Dzindzichashvili now teaches chess classes and seminars for Chess.com University. Feel free to contact him for more information!
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