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cxd5 isn't very interesting, after Qxd5 Nc3 followed by the standard English development (g3, Bg2, etc.), and white is better. Black doesn't have anything. You might be able to transpose to the Catalan though. Those lines are really theoretical though.
I'm actually wrong here, I realized after c4 d5 g3 leads to lines better for white. But what I said above is possible, it just turns into something a lot like e4 d5
@Shilmani, if black chooses to develop that way, you're better off playing g3 Bg2 Rb1 b4 d3 e3 Nge2 or something like that. You gain strong control along the a8-h1 diagonal and good pressure along the queenside.
If you want proof compare the two openings statistics, the english has more even and solid results.
The english is nothing like the sicilian at all.
The point of the english is to try and avoid most highly tactical and theoretical lines, most people who play it aim for a positional game, which requires strong positional understanding.
Problem is after g6 you can just play g3, a "reversed sicilian" is bad for white.
Also one of the reason why I hate this opening is, it is a "Sicilian Reversed" and as I like Sicilian, it annoys me when my opponent plays English. So my solution is...
If some of you guys have questions on stuff, don't be afraid to ask! I'm tracking the comments so I will reply! I may not be a master yet but I have sufficient knowledge of this opening.
Prestigous! You haven't posted a cxd5 game yet!
My favorite opening! can lead to the queen's gambit after 1.c4 d5 2.d4
I know, i'm figuring it out. Thanks though!
You'll get used to it the more you see it and try and read it.
Is chess notation difficult or what? I find it hard to follow.
Best I could do from the top of my head in 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy! Finding some online databases with these lines would help you a lot if you are looking to play this. There are wayyyyyy more lines though. I didn't cover c4 c5. And there is way more in c4 e5. Not to mention c4 Nf6 and all the other responses.
Much appreciated, PE :)
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