English Opening: King's English Variation

1.c4 e5

Black can respond to the English Opening (1.c4) by placing a pawn on the strong central square e5. This gives Black a good central presence and prepares to develop the Bf8.


  • Black creates a good center
  • Takes control of d4
  • Rapid development


  • Results in a Sicilian, down a tempo
  • Allows White to dominate the queenside

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