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, has produced a series of videos explaining the ideas behind the opening.
In this iChess Club exclusive video, GM Mihail Marin takes a look at the Symmetrical Variation when Black fianchettos early and plays 5…d6. For example, 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6.
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