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Moves :   Nf6   b5   e5   c5   h5   a6   d6   e6   c6   f5   Nc6   g5   b6   g6 !   d5   Na6       (back)


Position after : c4 ,   last edited by   Thibault de Vassal   (2407)
[2006 May 12]


The English Opening is the fourth most popular opening move in chess. White begins the fight for the center by staking a claim to the d5 square. Common responses are 1...e5 (which can lead to positions similar to the Sicilian Defence but with opposite colors), 1...c5 (the Symmetrical Variation), and 1...Nf6. Also perfectly playable are 1...e6 (often leading to a Queen's Gambit Declined after 2.d4 d5) and 1...c6 (often leading to a Slav Defence after 2.d4 d5, a Caro-Kann Defence after 2.e4 d5, or a Reti Opening after 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3).

The English is a very flexible opening. Although many lines of the English have a distinct character, it often transposes into other openings. If White plays an early d4, the game will usually transpose into either the Queen's Gambit or an Indian defence.

The English derives its name from the English (unofficial) world champion, Howard Staunton, who played it during his 1843 match with Amant. It fell out of favor (the opening was notably disdained by Morphy), but is now recognized as a solid opening that may be used to reach both classical and hypermodern positions. Botvinnik, Karpov, and Kasparov all employed it during their world championship matches. Bobby Fischer created a stir when he switched to it from the King's Pawn against Boris Spassky in 1972.

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Contributors : Thibault de Vassal



[ECO "A10"] [Opening "English Opening"]


e5 : 1418 games, White ELO av : 1755, Black ELO av : 1760
    1-0 : 39.4%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 22.2%  ,   0-1 : 38.4%

Nf6 : 1039 games, White ELO av : 1733, Black ELO av : 1737
    1-0 : 41.1%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 18.4%  ,   0-1 : 40.6%

c5 : 412 games, White ELO av : 1640, Black ELO av : 1638
    1-0 : 45.9%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 13.6%  ,   0-1 : 40.5%

e6 : 266 games, White ELO av : 1831, Black ELO av : 1842
    1-0 : 38.5%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 26.3%  ,   0-1 : 35.1%

c6 : 149 games, White ELO av : 1779, Black ELO av : 1804
    1-0 : 41.8%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 28.8%  ,   0-1 : 29.5%

g6 : 139 games, White ELO av : 1708, Black ELO av : 1701
    1-0 : 39%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 19.9%  ,   0-1 : 41.2%

f5 : 94 games, White ELO av : 1715, Black ELO av : 1709
    1-0 : 50.6%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 16.9%  ,   0-1 : 32.6%

d5 : 87 games, White ELO av : 1533, Black ELO av : 1494
    1-0 : 65.5%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 1.1%  ,   0-1 : 33.3%

b6 : 59 games, White ELO av : 1752, Black ELO av : 1743
    1-0 : 43.6%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 25.5%  ,   0-1 : 30.9%

d6 : 48 games, White ELO av : 1597, Black ELO av : 1629
    1-0 : 68.8%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 4.2%  ,   0-1 : 27.1%

Nc6 : 38 games, White ELO av : 1657, Black ELO av : 1617
    1-0 : 52.6%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 13.2%  ,   0-1 : 34.2%

b5 : 13 games, White ELO av : 1606, Black ELO av : 1701
    1-0 : 46.2%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 7.7%  ,   0-1 : 46.2%

g5 : 12 games, White ELO av : 1712, Black ELO av : 1757
    1-0 : 66.7%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 16.7%  ,   0-1 : 16.7%

a6 : 9 games, White ELO av : 1819, Black ELO av : 1919
    1-0 : 0%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 77.8%  ,   0-1 : 22.2%

Na6 : 5 games, White ELO av : 1066, Black ELO av : 1094
    1-0 : 40%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 0%  ,   0-1 : 60%

h6 : 3 games, White ELO av : 1465, Black ELO av : 1505
    1-0 : 100%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 0%  ,   0-1 : 0%

h5 : 1 game, White ELO av : 1858, Black ELO av : 1430
    1-0 : 100%  ,   1/2-1/2 : 0%  ,   0-1 : 0%



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