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English with b3 (A12)
1 c4 c6 2 Nf3 d5 3 b3

Number of games in database: 925
Years covered: 1923 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 36.5%
   Black wins 27.8%
   Draws 35.7%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Richard Reti  8 games
Raymond Keene  7 games
Bent Larsen  6 games
Arturo Pomar Salamanca  6 games
Vasily Smyslov  5 games
Antoaneta Stefanova  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968
Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936
Petrosian vs Tal, 1962
Reti vs Lasker, 1924
Nimzowitsch vs Pirc, 1931
B Franciskovic vs R Svaljek, 2001
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 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 925  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Gruber vs S Takacs  0-146 1923 ViennaA12 English with b3
2. S Takacs vs Albert Becker  0-136 1923 ViennaA12 English with b3
3. Tartakower vs Przepiorka  ½-½74 1924 Hastings-B 2425A12 English with b3
4. Reti vs L Palau  ½-½55 1924 ARG-ch4 MayorA12 English with b3
5. P Romanovsky vs A Rabinovich  1-030 1924 USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
6. Reti vs Lasker 0-145 1924 New YorkA12 English with b3
7. A Haida vs R P Michell  0-140 1925 MarienbadA12 English with b3
8. G Nagy vs V Vukovic 0-169 1925 DebrecenA12 English with b3
9. Rokhlin vs Levenfish  0-132 1925 Ch LeningradA12 English with b3
10. J Graafland vs Loman  ½-½52 1925 ScheveningenA12 English with b3
11. Reti vs Tarrasch ½-½73 1925 BreslauA12 English with b3
12. Reti vs Bogoljubov 1-044 1925 MoscowA12 English with b3
13. Reti vs Capablanca ½-½33 1925 MoscowA12 English with b3
14. Reti vs Carlos Torre  ½-½44 1925 MoscowA12 English with b3
15. Reti vs K Treybal  1-081 1926 SemmeringA12 English with b3
16. M Bluemich vs W Von Holzhausen 1-072 1926 DresdenA12 English with b3
17. G Kroone vs G Renaud  0-136 1927 1st olm finalA12 English with b3
18. G Kroone vs Erik Andersen  0-154 1927 1st olm finalA12 English with b3
19. Euwe vs V Marin y Llovet 1-035 1927 1st olm finalA12 English with b3
20. Lokvenc vs O Zimmermann  0-136 1927 1st olm finalA12 English with b3
21. F Herzog vs J Haberkorn  1-031 1928 EgerA12 English with b3
22. Lokvenc vs V Marin y Llovet  ½-½64 1928 OlympiadA12 English with b3
23. Reti vs Weenink  0-155 1928 matchA12 English with b3
24. Alekhine vs Factor / Elison ½-½61 1929 Consultation gameA12 English with b3
25. Alekhine vs I S Turover 1-080 1929 Bradley BeachA12 English with b3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-13-04  marcus13: A very hypermodern opening, I guest whit will continue by g3 and bg2.
Jul-09-04  skeet: This isn't a very creative name.
Jul-09-04  e4Newman: I've never encountered this position, but flipping through MCO, I see an easy comparison to various Reti positions. In fact, there is also mention in the Caro-Kann Defense section but no mention at all in the English Opening section.
May-25-05  e4Newman: I've now had some success with this idea from the white side. Good fun!
May-25-05  hintza: Usually this would be reached by a different move order: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 and now 3.b3.
May-31-05  e4Newman: Agreed. The wonderful advantage here and in many qp games is that you can reach similar positions via a few different move orders.
Jun-16-05  melianis: I've been calling this and related white b3-systems Queen's Indian Attack.
Dec-10-05  chesscrazy: Strange opening.
Sep-28-08  ravel5184: OOTD 2008.09.28
English with b3
1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. b3

Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968

Game Collection: Opening of the day - notable games

Jun-05-11  libertyjack: What the New York system as in E Cekro vs L Patriarca, 2008?
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: This line has been quite successful for White - coming either from an English or a Reti. The CG Opening Explorer gives one game with 3. ...d4?! winning for Black. But 4. Bb2 is weak, 4. e3 seems to give White a sweet game.
Jun-11-13  Nerwal: I thought this move-order was harmless due to 3... dxc4!? 4. bxc4 e5 with easy play for black, but I realize now this is actually hardly played...
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