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English Opening Lovers

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  • Formed: Jul 12, 2010
  • This group is dedicated to the ACTIVE discussion and practice of all things 1. c4. We will have tournaments in various variations of the English, as well as 1.c4 themed vote and team chess matches. We play vote chess according to rules that stimulate the discussion and the discussion in our forum is very lively too.

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  • Marin weighs the plusses and negatives of each move in the first volume of his three volume set The English Opening on pages 12-13. I won't quote all the analysis to support his preference of 2.g3, but I will quote this brief comment : " Many strong players, including World Champions, answer 1.c4 with 1...Nf6 and only after 2.Nc3 do they resort to 2...e5. This is a clear sign that they wish to avoid the line 1...e5 2.g3, which indirectly speaks about its merits."

    by odyson 5 weeks ago

  • Yes i read that in the Giddins Book, but if i take a look at simon williams DVD they are also nice , so i'm a bit torn

    by GuyBielderman 5 weeks ago

  • 2...g3 is considered by Kosten as the better approach. His book is The Dynamic English.

    by SaharanKnight 5 weeks ago

  • Guy's i need a bit of help what is the better approach 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 or 1.c4 e5 2.g3 because i can't choose

    by GuyBielderman 5 weeks ago


    by pjleggma 6 weeks ago

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    by putra_kelana 2 months ago

  • Marin in one of his books on the English says that he believes it is best to transpose to a King's Indian. 5.e4 is also very interesting though, and it is in fact analysed by Marin.

    by Schemato 3 months ago

  • I recently started playing the English after a lot of years of playing the catalan. I love the english it is very flexible. But i have a question. 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 . What to play now 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 c5 of 5.Nf3 en a fast d4

    by GuyBielderman 3 months ago

  • Yes, this group is for players who play 1. c4, the English opening, as White. Of course, everyone does has to have something to play against it as Black; I play 1...c6 against it.

    by SJFG 4 months ago

  • I love the English Opening as White and it's my main opening but not so much on the Black side. I assume is this for the White side though.

    by FirePlanet10 4 months ago