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English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation (A19)
1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 e4 c5

Number of games in database: 375
Years covered: 1927 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 40.3%
   Black wins 23.5%
   Draws 36.3%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Yasser Seirawan  9 games
Anthony Miles  8 games
Viktor Korchnoi  8 games
Jiri Lechtynsky  6 games
Jan Timman  5 games
Leonid Yudasin  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978
Kasparov vs A Sokolov, 1988
Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1991
Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1927
I Mazel vs Botvinnik, 1938
Aronin vs Smyslov, 1950
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 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 375  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carls vs Hilse 0-1691927BremenA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
2. Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch 0-1301927LondonA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
3. D Danchev vs L Asztalos  0-1351936Munich OlympiadA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
4. I Mazel vs Botvinnik 0-111193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
5. L Schmitt vs M Eisinger 1-0481938GER-ch 5thA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
6. C de Ronde vs L Endzelins  1-0251939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
7. C de Ronde vs P Tautvaisas  ½-½261939Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
8. M Czerniak vs M Luckis  1-0251939Buenos AiresA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
9. S Landau vs Euwe  0-1371939NED-ch MatchA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
10. M Czerniak vs Julio Bolbochan  0-1391941Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
11. M Czerniak vs Jacobo Bolbochan  1-0361941Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
12. M Czerniak vs Jacobo Bolbochan  0-1621942Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
13. A J van den Hoek vs Euwe  ½-½431942NED-ch MatchA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
14. C Kottnauer vs Pachman  ½-½301943ZlinA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
15. Fine vs W Cruz ½-½4019451st Pan-American ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
16. E Bakonyi vs Benko  1-0401946HUN-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
17. L Schmitt vs P Tautvaisas  1-0621946Augsburg 1stA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
18. L Schmitt vs P Tautvaisas  1-0601946Augsburg 1stA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
19. A Sandrin vs S Rubinow  1-0601946USA-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
20. L Marini vs Jacobo Bolbochan  ½-½361947Mar del PlataA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
21. Sokolsky vs C Kottnauer  ½-½431947MoscowA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
22. L Alster vs C Kottnauer  1-0411948CSR-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
23. F Henneberke vs T van Scheltinga  0-1291948HoogovenA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
24. S Rubinow vs I Heitner  ½-½441948USA-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
25. V Mikenas vs Lilienthal  ½-½2019481st Soviet Team-ch finalA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-02-04  Vischer: Why is this played? It just immediately sends the knight back to g8, seems like a loss of tempo to me.
May-02-04  Dudley: Black has provoked a pawn advance by white which creates a weakness on f5 and weakens the d5 square. The knight can redeploy to e7 or h6.
May-02-04  hongisto24: well, it is officially dead...no one played it for several years...and if someone did...it was for shock value.
May-03-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: Not true! I think this line is considered the harshest test of White's idea (3 e4). Somebody elaborate?
Jan-06-05  cuendillar: Looking in the database it looks like white has scored excellent with it the last few years, almost like if it was refuted.
Jun-29-06  Kings Indian: opening of the day! I prefer 1.c4 e5 going into a reversed closed sicilian but this opening seems fine. It's just a Macrozy Bind, whats so bad about that?
Jun-29-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: It looks like, it can easily be transposed to the Moroczy Bind!
Dec-18-06  2021: <Vischer> Here is a line from NCO: 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 Ng8 5.d4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qe4 d6 8.Nf3 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.Bg5 Bb4=
Dec-18-06  2021: <Vischer> Here is another line from NCO: 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 Ng8 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Nxe5 8.Ndb5 a6 9.Nd6+ Bxd6 10.Qxd6 f6 11.Be3 Ne7 (slight advantage for white.)
Apr-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  gambitfan: Opening of the Day 07/04/2007
Apr-19-07  WTHarvey: Here are some traps 'n zaps in A19 miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/a19.html
Apr-19-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  gambitfan: OPOD 19/04/2007

Opening of the Day

Nov-28-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation

1.c4 ♘f6 2.♘c3 e6 3.e4 c5


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Dec-28-18  Nairaboi: This variation of English opening doesn't appeal to me.The reversed Sicilian variation is more preferable.
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