English Opening

Feb 28, 2018, 10:38 AM |

                                                         The English Opening


English opening starts ussualy with 1.c4


But on c4 black can response in many options.

1.} He Can Play symmetrical with 1...c5

2.} He Can Play 1...e5

3.} And He Can Play Nf6,g6,bg7,0-0...


Lets Look Symmetrical option for black





Ruslan Ponomariov vs Magnus Carlsen
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Aug-29
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2
In 13. move players came to Nimzo Indian
that is good for black.
After f5 black is little bit better because white don't have attack on black king.
If white play to put somewhere queen and to push g and h pawn black can just play be7 and f6.
Variation 1.c4 e5


Magnus Carlsen  vs.  Michael Adams
NOR.png (Norway, 2865 hint6.png)    1 - 0    (England, 2738 hint6.png) ENG.png
Event: Grenke Chess Classic, 2015.02.03, Two Knights Variation, English,  (A22)
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Bc5 6. Bg2 d6 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Nxd5 9.cxd5 Nd4 10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Bd2 a5 12. e4dxe3 13. fxe3 Qg5 14. Rf4 Bd7 15. a4 Rae8 16.d4 Bb6 17. Qb3 Qd8 18. Qc4 Re7 19. b4 axb420. a5 Ba7 21. Qxb4 c5 22. dxc6 Bxc6 23. Qb3Bxg2 24. Kxg2 Qd7 25. Raf1 Rc8 26. Rf5 h6 27.R1f2 Bb8 28. Bb4 Qc6+ 29. R2f3 Rcc7 30. Be1Qe8 31. g4 Re4 32. h3 Rce7 33. Bf2 R4e6 34.Rb5 Bc7 35. Rxb7 Qa8 36. Rb5 Re8 37. Qd5Qxd5 38. Rxd5 Rb8 39. Bg3 g6 40. h4 Ra8 41.Be1 Re4 42. g5 h5 43. Rb5 Ra7 44. Kf1 Re8 45.Ke2 Rea8 46. Rf6 Ra6 47. Bb4 Bxa5 48. Rxa5Rxa5 49. Bxa5 Rxa5 50. Rxd6 Kf8 51. Rf6 Ra352. Kf3 Ke7 53. Ke4 Ra5 54. Rf4 Rb5 55. d5Rb3 56. Kd4 Ra3 57. e4 Rb3 58. Ke5 Rd3 59.Rf1 Rh3 60. Ra1 Rxh4 61. d6+ Kd7 62. Ra7+Ke8 63. Ra8+ Kd7 64. Rf8 1-0
In this game on 5.Nd5 black should give the bishop and play 0-0.
After It Both sides played very good.
This move looks like poor move but its fantastic!
Because his Idea is b4 and black doesn't have knight to jump on b4!
b4 is a unbearable move.
In this position this is not so good move he can't play calmly,
White is strategically in this position.
Because c7 and b7 pawns are weak.
After this white just played his plan {b4} and he won the game.
The Third Game
Karjakin, Sergey (2762) – Svidler, Peter (2727) [A15]