How should a French player respond to the English opening?

Madanach

I'm used to playing the French defense and the English opening always flummoxes me. Any suggestions for a good response that gets into positions similar to French or is it pretty much impossible due to that first pawn move?

IMBacon

How is this confusing?

IMBacon

What i mean by confusing, is that its move 2.  You have a world of choices at your disposal.  Just because you play an opening, doesn't mean you're always going to be able to play that opening.  Even after 2 moves i can see that the position is telling me that their will be a fight for the control of d5.

 

my137thaccount

The French and the English are completely unrelated. What do you play against 1.d4? Play the same against the English opening. For instance if you like the Nimzo-Indian then play this:

 

Madanach

my137 solid advice generally, but I play the Budapest against d4 if white lets me, which also leads to totally different positions against the English if you try to play the same way.

my137thaccount

Well if you play the Budapest against 1.d4 then you have only one option: play the Symmetrical English.

It won't give you similar positions to either the French or the Budapest, but it's your only choice as otherwise you'll be move ordered into d4 openings that aren't in your repertoire. My advice is to just quit the Budapest as it's not a great opening anyway, but if you insist then this is what you have to play against 1.c4 and 1.Nf3.

poucin

If u play 1.e4 as white and u like facing sicilian, why not 1.c4 e5?

my137thaccount

He plays the Budapest as black, so 1.Nf3 is problematic for him, because 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4.

poucin

Everything is problematic for Budapest gambit players if white doesn't play d4-c4.

Madanach

M137 I figured that may be my only hope without having to go learn the Queen's Gambit etc. And yeah Budapest isn't necessarily great but I'm never going to be a master so I'm not too worried about that. Thanks for your help!

Deranged

The English opening is basically the sicilian defence but for white. How would you respond to the sicilian? Personally, I play the grand prix attack!

 

Madanach

I like the delayed wing gambit against the Sicilian which is dubious to begin with and absolute rubbish if you're down the tempo as black.

TomFinney1

build a castle then mock the English king , this tends to work ,here is a historical example

 

MorphyManiac

he should politely offer his opponent a warm crumpet and a spot 'o tea, in french. of course. duh.

Madanach

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