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Needing a sharp defense against the English opening:

  • #21

    would someone knowledgable on the english explain this line to me?

    Seems like its a very specific line for the repertoire recommended, what if they play nc3 what would be my alternatives?

  • #22
    pellik wrote:
    FirebrandX wrote:

    So after a few hours of reviewing lines, I've made my choices:

    Against the straight c4-g3-Bg2-Nc3 English, I'm going with the Carlsen reversed Rossolimo. The line does very well for black, even on ICCF.

    Against 1.Nf3, I'm going to give white as many chances to fall into a Blumenfeld with 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6, and if white still delays d4 with 3. Nc3, I'm going to just transpose into a Ragozin QGD 3...d5 4.d4 Bb4.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    I know this is ten months old and you've probably already sorted out your repertoire, but most of the books I've seen in recent times advocate 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3, heading to either a Catalan or Reti. Avoiding Bb4 ideas is one of the primary advantages of a 1.Nf3 2.c4 move order.

    Against that move order, my preference is to play 3...b6 and go into a queens Indian formation. If they still hold back d4, then I'll get in Bb7 and c5 depending on whether white plays Nc3 or Bg2 first.

  • #23
  • #24

    Can't you just play the Dutch? That's usually pretty sharp.

    I'd also agree that the VHS counter-gambit (out of the Tarrasch) is sound - I spent 2-3 days running it thru Houdini recently and it is tremendous fun - of course it does depend on White playing along with d4 and Nc3.

  • #25

    But what do you do against white players who don't bring either knight out to f3 or c3 for a time?.  Then there seems nothing to bite against. 

  • #26
    kavanam wrote:

    If you restrict your messages only from friends, you have no way to get suggestions regarding a subject like this!

    The irony of your post knows no bounds...

  • #27

    Try to play 1. ... b6 or 1. ... b5 followed with a Bb7 and f5

  • #28

    [Event "Outdoors"]
    [Site "Woods"]
    [Date "2017.02.21"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "CuckooChess 1.13a9 (69.5%)"]
    [Black "Shane"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "A30"]

    1. c4 c5 2. d3 Nc6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bf4 Nf6 5. Nf3 h6 6. a4 a6 7. h3 g5 8. Bg3 d5 9.
    Nd2 Bg7 10. h4 g4 11. f3 O-O 12. h5 d4 13. Nce4 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 f5 15. Bh4 Qc7 16.
    Nd2 Be5 17. Nb3 g3 18. Nd2 Bf4 19. Qb3 Bd7 20. Rb1 Nb4 21. Rh3 Qe5 22. Ra1 Qe3
    23. Rxg3+ Kf7 24. Rg6 Qxd2+ 25. Kf2 Qe3+ 26. Ke1 Bxa4 27. Qxa4 Nxd3+ 28. Kd1
    Qd2# 0-1

    r4r2/1p3k2/p3p1Rp/2p2p1P/Q1Pp1b1B/3n1P2/1P1qP1P1/R2K1B2 w - - 2 29


    CuckooChess Engine rated 2600 at full strength so 69.5% equates to 1800 Elo CPU engine strength.


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