A Complete System for Black Against the English Opening – IM Bill Paschall

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The 1.c4 English Opening derives its name from the English (unofficial) World Champion, Howard Staunton (1843). The English has caught on in the twentieth century and is now recognized as a solid opening that may be used to reach both classical and hypermodern positions. Although many lines of the English have a distinct character, the opening is often used as a transpositional device in much the same way as 1.Nf3 – to avoid such highly regarded responses to 1.d4 as the Nimzo-Indian and Grunfeld defences – and it’s considered reliable and flexible.

Content: 115 minutes of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 4 lectures.

Recommended for: Intermediate Players.

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IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Two-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.


Complete System for Black Against the English Opening: Part I
Run Time: 00:24:27

Complete System for Black Against the English Opening: Part II
Run Time: 00:23:08

Complete System for Black Against the English Opening: Part III
Run Time: 00:36:09

Complete System for Black Against the English Opening: Part IV
Run Time: 00:31:22

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