The English Opening is a chess opening for White and occurs after the move 1.c4 (see the diagram on the right).
Many great players including Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, and Magnus Carlsen have played this opening with great success. What’s more, the opening has seen steady growth in popularity in recent years.
Club players who study the English Opening tend to be quite successful with it as most other non-professional players are not well prepared for it and only have a vague idea of how to counter it. The opening can easily cause some headaches for an unprepared Black player, especially if White is booked up with the latest theory.
GM Mihail Marin, a renowned expert on the English Opening, and author of three highly-regarded repertoire books on the opening for the publishing house Quality Chess, has produced a series of videos on the different variations for both sides in the Symmetrical Variation.
Did you miss the first two parts of this video series? Check them out:
- Part 1: Theoretical Developments in the variation after 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5. Click here to watch the video and see the corresponding article.
- Part 2: Latest Ideas in the variation after 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3 d5. Click here to watch the video and see the corresponding article.
English Opening: New Trends In The Symmetrical Variation
In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Mihail Marin takes a look at the Symmetrical Variation where it is White who first breaks the symmetry by playing an early d2-d4.
After the moves 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4, Black’s most critical move to equalize is 5…e6 (see the diagram).
Here, GM Mihail Marin dives deep into White’s two critical moves 6.a3 and 6.g3, but also explains why former main moves like 6.Nbd5 have fallen out of fashion.
If you want to stay up-to-date on how the play with White against the Symmetrical Variation of the English Opening, this video is a must for you.
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