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 Post subject: The English Opening
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:55 am 
I decided to stop playing 1 e4 and start playing the English because it's a positional opening with little theory to learn.

Against 1...e5 I will play the Advanced Fianchetto (2 g3, 3 Bg2 with Nc3 to follow).

Against 1...c5 I will play the Anti-Benoni (2 Nf3 and 3 d4).

What should I play against 1...Nf6/1...e6? This usually suggests Black wants to play an Indian.

I know "The Dynamic English" is a great chess book, but it is difficult to get a chess book here.

Maybe someone can explain (or link to a website that explain) the most important plans for both sides in the English? I know for the Advanced Fianchetto White will try to control d5 and land a Knight there, and start a Queenside attack with b4 and Rb1.


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 Post subject: Re: The English Opening
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:01 pm 
wahlau wrote:
I decided to stop playing 1 e4 and start playing the English because it's a positional opening with little theory to learn.

Against 1...e5 I will play the Advanced Fianchetto (2 g3, 3 Bg2 with Nc3 to follow).

Against 1...c5 I will play the Anti-Benoni (2 Nf3 and 3 d4).

What should I play against 1...Nf6/1...e6? This usually suggests Black wants to play an Indian.

I know "The Dynamic English" is a great chess book, but it is difficult to get a chess book here.

Maybe someone can explain (or link to a website that explain) the most important plans for both sides in the English? I know for the Advanced Fianchetto White will try to control d5 and land a Knight there, and start a Queenside attack with b4 and Rb1.



It's not as detailed as a book, but gives some outlines on plans: Chessops.
The link takes you to the "group" page.

The site has a lot to offer if you didn't know it already :toohot:


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You could also get hold of a copy of ‘The Dynamic English’ by Tony Kosten, which gives a little spin on established theory by playing a quick 2. g3 - mind you, the book is so popular now that the new variation carries little shock value, but it still produces a very solid position. I often play it in CC games (not so much in OTB as I find some of the middle game ideas very hard to memorise).

I never play the old English anymore - it usually leads to a sort of passive four Knights game, which just encourages a draw.


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I own "The Dynamic English" by Kosten and "The Dynamic Reti" by Davies. You can put together a pretty good White repertoire by combining the ideas of both books. I've had pretty good success with the Reti in blitz chess.


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