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Saturday, November 12, 2022

English Opening A10-A39


The English Opening is a chess opening that begins with the move
1. c4

A flank opening, it is the fourth most popular and, according to various databases, one of the four most successful of White's twenty possible first moves.

Opening theoreticians who write on the English Opening divide it into three broad categories, generally determined by Black's choice of defensive setup.

1.  Symmetrical Defence: 1...c5       ECO  A30 - A39
2.  Reversed Sicilian  1...e5             ECO  A20 - A29
3.  Other Lines                                 ECO  A10 - A19


A10 English opening                          1. c4
A11-A12 English, Caro-Kann defensive system  1. c4 c6
A13 English opening                          1. c4 e6
A14 English, Neo-Catalan declined            1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O
A15 English,                                       1...Nf6 (Anglo-Indian defense)1. c4 Nf6
A16 English opening                          1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3
A17 English opening                          1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6
A18-A19 English, Mikenas-Carls variation     1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4
A20 English opening                          1. c4 e5
A21 English opening                          1. c4 e5 2. Nc3
A22 English opening                          1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6
A23-A24 English, Bremen system        1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 c6
A25 English, Sicilian reversed               1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6
A26 English, closed system                   1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6
A27 English, three knights system            1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3
A28-A29 English, four knights system         1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nf6
A30-A39 English, symmetrical variation       1. c4 c5

Books (FREE)
Flank Openings: A Study of Réti's Opening, The Catalan, English and King's Indian Attack Complex (Fourth Edition) by R. D. Keene - 193 page PDF
1. Starting Out The English Mc Donald, Neil - 61 Page PDF

Short & Sweet: Symmetrical English - IM David Vigorito  24 Trainable Variations w/64 Min FREE Video
Short & Sweet: Botvinnik English - IM Richard Palliser & by GM Simon Williams  24 Trainable Variations w/64 Min FREE Video
Short & Sweet: Reversed Sicilian - GM Arturs Neiksans 27 Tranable Variations with 67 Min Free Video
Short & Sweet: Anti-English - GM Romain Edouard  14 Trainable Variations w?22 Min FREE Video

The English Opening - Simplify Chess Guide

The Ultimate English Opening (1.c4) Guide - Nice In-depth Chessable Blog Guide 

The English Opening 1.c4: The Ultimate Guide - Ichess Guide w/ 2 hrs of Embedded Video and Games

The Ideas behind the English Opening - In-depth Look at the English   Exeter Chess Club

The English Opening - 10 Chapter Study  1500 + hearts
English Opening Repertoire - 48 Chapter Study (In-depth with a lot of Games)  1100+ Hearts
The English Opening - 40 Chapter Study (Very Well Done)  500+ Hearts
English Opening - Four Knights - 9 Chapter Study

Traps Against English Opening - 8 Chapter Study
Traps in English Opening - 6 Chapter Study
10 Traps in the English Opening - 11 Chapter Study 500+ Hearts

Chess Puzzles   (Practice Opening Tactics)
wtharvy.com (Curated from Actual games)
English Opening (ECO A10) - 24 Puzzles

English, Caro-Kann Defensive System (A11) 15 Puzzles
English with b3 (A12) - 10 Puzzles
English (A13) - 10 Puzzles
English (ECO A15) 1.c4 Nf6 w/o 2.Nc3 - 13 Puzzles
English (ECO A16) 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 w/o 2...e6  -  22 Puzzles
English, Hedgehog (ECO A17)  - 15 Puzzles
English, Mikenas-Carls (ECO A18) - 6 Puzzles
English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation (ECO A19) - 15 Puzzles
English (ECO A20) 1.c4 e5 w/o 2.Nc3 - 17 puzzles
English (ECO A21) 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 - 11 Puzzles
English (ECO A22) 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 - 9 Puzzles
English, Bremen System, Keres Variation (ECO A23)
 -  26 Puzzles 
English, Bremen System with ...g6 (ECO A24) - 14 Puzzles
English (ECO A25) 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6  - 16 Puzzles
English (ECO A26) 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 - 17 Puzzles
English, Three Knights System (ECO A27) - 14 Puzzles
English (ECO A28) 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6  - 18 Puzzles
English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto (ECO A29) -  19 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical (ECO A30) 1.c4 c5  - 10 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation (ECO A31) 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 - 21 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical Variation (ECO A32)1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6  - 14 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical (ECO A33) 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nc6  - 10 puzzles
English, Symmetrical (ECO A34) 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3  - 16 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical (ECO A35) 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6  - 11 puzzles
English Symmetrical (ECO A36) 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 - 16 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical (ECO A37) 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 - 15 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical (ECO A38) 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nf6 - 9 Puzzles
English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4 (ECO A39) 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d4  - 18 Puzzles

LICHESS Opening Tactics Training - 24,400 English Tactics ( English is about 1/4 of the way down the page Broken into 16 Variations)

English Opening Page - 365Chess.com  250,00 Games

English opening personal favourites = Chessgames.com Collection   32 Games
English Annotated Chessgames.com Collection  20 Games (Annotated)
Annotated English opening games = Chessgames.com 17 Games (Annotated)

The English Opening - Chess Openings Explained - 48 Min ST. Louis CC
English Opening: Complete Repertoire for White with IM David Fitzsimons Mini-Course - 30 Min
The English Opening: A simple but strong opening to learn! - GM Roman Dzindzichashvili - 15 Min

The English Opening: How to Play The Symmetrical Variation 🎓 GM Damian Lemos - 30 Min
The English Opening - Chess Openings with GM Damian Lemos - 27 Min

The English Opening 💂A Complete System for White – IM Valeri Lilov (The Chess World) - 25 Min
Win with The Botvinnik System in The English Opening ⚔ IM Valeri Lilov - 18 Min

The English Opening | Basic Plans, Ideas & Strategies | Chess Openings | IM Andrey Ostrovskiy - 28 min

Reversed Sicilian - Discussion with GM Pavel Eljanov - 77 Min
English Opening: Reversed Sicilian For Beginners / Intermediates (e3 lines) - 24 Min

Chess Opening Theory (English 4 Knights w/Bc5) (part1/2) - 33 Min  IM William Paschall
Chess Opening Theory (English 4 Knights w/Bc5) (part2/2) - 33 min  IM William Paschall
Opening Basics #10: English opening - Four knights variation - 20 Min

English Opening NM Robert Ramirez - 4 Video Playlist (75 Mins Total)

Chessbase India
Sagar's English Love Part I | An introduction to the English Opening from White - 22 min
Sagar's English Love Part II | Reversed Dragon with 8...a5 - 32 Min
Sagar's English Love Part III | Reversed Dragon Main Line in English Opening - 36 Min
World Junior Champion's Guide to the English Opening | 1.c4 for White | ft. GM Evgeny Shtembuliak - 86 min

Playing Against the English
The English | Responding to c4 - GM Yasser Seirawan - 2014.02.06 - 32 Min 
GM Eugene Perelshteyn teaches you how to play against the Symmetrical English! - 6 Min
GM Eugene Perelshteyn teaches you how to play the English Opening using concepts! - 14 Min
How to play against the English Opening | Chess lesson with Tam - 40 Min IM Rosen

English Opening Traps
7 Best Chess Opening Traps in the English Opening - 15 Min GM Igor Smirnov
Powerful Chess Opening TRAP for White | Reversed Sicilian (Tiger's Trap) - 8 Min GM Igor Smirnov
I fell for the same TRICKY ENGLISH DEFENSE TRAP twice - 15 Min Johnathan Schrantz

Game Videos
English Opening: M Carlsen vs J Polgar London 2012. - 13 Min
Magnus Carlsen's top secret English Opening Novelty unveiled against Anish Giri - 15 Min
English Opening (Botvinnik): Garry Kasparov vs Nigel Short - 10 Min
Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky, Game 8 - 1972 World Ch. English Opening - 8 Min
Wesley So vs Alexander Onischuk : US Championship (2017) · English Opening - 14 Min
Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin : Altibox Norway (2018): English Opening - 7 Min
English Opening Brilliancies Part 1 (Botvinnik-Levenfish 1940) - 20 Min  IM William Paschall

PGN Game Downloads

English, 1...b6
4416 games
1.c4 b6
English, 1...f5
9099 games
1.c4 f5
English, 1...c6
20892 games
1.c4 c6
English, 1...g6
22439 games
1.c4 g6
English, Symmetrical
Double Fianchetto
2671 games
1.c4 c5 2.Knightf3 Knightf6 3.g3 b6 4.Bishopg2 Bishopb7 5.O-O g6
English, Symmetrical, Hedgehog
5334 games
1.c4 c5 2.Knightf3 Knightf6 3.g3 b6 4.Bishopg2 Bishopb7 5.O-O e6
English, Symmetrical, 3.d4
9637 games
1.c4 c5 2.Knightf3 Knightf6 3.d4
English, Symmetrical
Other Black 3rd moves
16583 games
1.c4 c5 2.Knightc3 Knightf6 3.Knightf3 e6, d5, g6, b6
English, Symmetrical
Four Knights
9160 games
1.c4 c5 2.Knightc3 Knightf6 3.Knightf3 Knightc6
English, Symmetrical, Main Line
13263 games
1.c4 c5 2.Knightc3 Knightc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bishopg2 Bishopg7
English, Symmetrical
1...e6, 2.Knightf3 d5
16723 games
1.c4 e6 2.Knightf3 d5
English, Symmetrical
1...e6, 2.Knightc3 d5
9186 games
1.c4 e6 2.Knightc3 d5
English, Flohr-Mikenas
5661 games
1.c4 e6 2.Knightc3 Knightf6 3.e4
English, 1...e6, Main Line
15004 games
1.c4 e6 2.Knightc3 Knightf6 3.Knightf3
English, Sicilian Reversed, 2.g3
20494 games
1.c4 e5 2.g3
English, Sicilian Reversed
Other Black 2nd moves
8200 games
1.c4 e5 2.Knightc3 d6, Bishopb4
English, Sicilian Reversed
Four Knights
15251 games
1.c4 e5 2.Knightc3 Knightf6 3.Knightf3 Knightc6
English, Sicilian Reversed
11144 games
1.c4 e5 2.Knightc3 Knightf6 3.g3
English, Sicilian Reversed
13160 games
1.c4 e5 2.Knightc3 Knightc6
English, 1...Knightf6, 2.g3
15917 games
1.c4 Knightf6 2.g3
English, 1...Knightf6, 2.Knightf3
11611 games
1.c4 Knightf6 2.Knightf3 g6 3.g3 Bishopg7 4.Bishopg2 O-O
English, 1...Knightf6, 2.Knightc3
19022 games
1.c4 Knightf6 2.Knightc3 g6