Symmetrical English – Complete Repertoire for Black

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Symmetrical English – Complete Repertoire Against 1.c4

Welcome to the Symmetrical English Repertoire Against 1.c4. 

1.c4 has gained a lot of popularity these days. It is catching up with moves like 1.d4 and 1.e4.1.c4 also provides many opportunities to transpose to other openings in 1.d4, for example, the Catalan Defence.

By playing the Symmetrical English starting with 1…c5 in response to 1.c4, we cut out many of White’s options to transpose to 1.d4 openings. Also, as you will see, the Symmetrical English is a solid reply to 1.c4. While writing this repertoire and analyzing the lines in it, one of the author’s main intentions was to recommend lines that are relatively fresh and have been attempted in a few games rather than suggesting lines that have been played in hundreds and thousands of games and given in many books written on repertoires against the English opening.

By learning some new and rarely played lines, we also carry an element of surprise. Of course, it is not possible to find new lines everywhere, but whenever possible, GM Dhopade made sure he includes some fresh suggestions and recommendations. This Repertoire on the Symmetrical English from the Black side is divided into three main directions.

About the Author

GM Swapnil Dhopade

GM Swapnil Dhopade, (born 5 October 1990) is an Indian chess grandmaster, the first grandmaster from the Vidarbha region, and the fifth from Maharashtra.

In 2017, he shared 3rd place with a score of 6.5/9 at the Isle of Man International Masters tournament.

In 2019, he was the coach for the Indian women’s team at the World Team Chess Championship, the Asian Continental in China 2019, and the Asian Nations Cup in Iran in 2018. His peak classical rating is 2545.

He currently runs his own chess academy and is coaching several of the top young Indian talents.

5.d3What will I learn from the course?

Along with several up-to-date lines, you will get a full opening repertoire based on the Symmetrical Variation.

For example, when White plays 5.d3 (Diagram). This is the most flexible move for White. He keeps his options open of developing his Knight either on e2 or f3. Another recent idea of this move is to play Qd1-d2 and then fianchetto his Bishop to b2 after b2-b3. GM Dhopade explains how Black should meet all these different plans and proves that Black is doing well in this line. The tricky line 7.Nc3.

So come and get a full chess opening repertoire in the Symmetrical English!



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  • Chapter 1 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3
  • Chapter 2 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.a3
  • Chapter 3 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e3
  • Chapter 4 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3
  • Chapter 5 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3
  • Chapter 6 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3
  • Chapter 7 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.0-0
  • Chapter 8 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.g3
  • Chapter 9 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Ndb5
  • Chapter 10 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bf4
  • Chapter 11 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.a3
  • Chapter 12 – 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3
  • Test Positions