The English Opening – GM Nigel Davies

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The English Opening - GM Nigel Davies
The English Opening – GM Nigel Davies

The English Opening with 1.c4 is one of the most subtle yet combative means of starting a chess game that has found favor with many of the great players in history.

White takes space on the Queenside whilst keeping his options open about where he should place his pieces. This gives White the kind of flexibility that is missing from regular 1.d4 openings and puts the onus on planning and ideas rather than a knowledge of variations.

On this DVD, Nigel Davies tells you everything you need to know to start playing the English Opening in tournament games.

He shows how White should react to Black’s different set-ups using 40 illustrative games. The main focus is on lines with 2.g3, making it easier for White to get aboard this Rolls Royce of chess openings.

Nigel Davies
Grand Master Nigel Davies

About the Author:

Nigel Davies was born in 1960. He has been an International Grandmaster since 1993 and is also a former British Open Quickplay and U21 Champion.

Besides his playing accomplishments, he is an experienced chess coach with a unique understanding of club-level chess. Accordingly, he knows just what is likely to succeed.


1.c4, the English Opening, is an opening that is being played worldwide at top level in hopes of getting your opponent out of 1.d4 and 1.e4 theory. 1.c4 is the fourth main first move by White with 1.Nf3 being the third option.

Categorized by GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM Levy Rozman (GothamChess) as an unbreakable opening, 1.c4 scores the highest percentual result for White scoring 56% wins.

White’s plans revolve around taking space on the Queenside while keeping options open regarding minor and major piece positioning.

This piece flexibility is usually not found from regular 1.d4 openings, therefore putting an emphasis on planning and ideas rather than memorizing concrete opening lines.


If there is one thing all chess players have in common, is they all had to, at one point, choose what was their first move as White.

Some chose to play what their idols played, some chose to play pre-thought systems with consistent piece placement to avoid theoretical battles, and some even haven’t decided yet… They play what they feel like playing!

But what every player does not like is the idea of losing to theoretical opening variations in the playing common 1.e4 and 1.d4 openings.

So how can you start the game in a combative way and specialize in an opening in which your opponent’s knowledge is inferior to yours?

Finally, we have the answer – the least played out of the four main moves for White! Which also happens to score the highest against Black!

With GM Nigel Davies holding your hand through the variations, we are confident that you will feel strongly confident whenever you check the tournament pairings and notice you are the first player!

System Requirements:

Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.

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