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English (A21)
1 c4 e5 2 Nc3

Number of games in database: 1788
Years covered: 1849 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 36.7%
   Black wins 30.5%
   Draws 32.8%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Wolfgang Uhlmann  34 games
Normunds Miezis  33 games
Andras Adorjan  15 games
Vasily Smyslov  17 games
Nigel Short  15 games
Alexey Shirov  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001
Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961
Huebner vs Kasparov, 1985
H Terrie vs E Tate, 2001
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 page 1 of 72; games 1-25 of 1,788  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Horwitz vs Harrwitz 0-137 1849 Brighton m ;HCL 34A21 English
2. Horwitz vs Harrwitz ½-½87 1849 Brighton m ;HCL 34A21 English
3. H Kennedy vs Mayet 1-060 1851 LondonA21 English
4. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-156 1855 CalcuttaA21 English
5. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-135 1855 CalcuttaA21 English
6. F J Gibbes vs R M Steele 1-037 1871 New South Wales vs South Australia; Telegraph MatchA21 English
7. J Mason vs Marshall 0-125 1902 Monte CarloA21 English
8. Alekhine vs Z von Balla  ½-½48 1922 Bad PistyanA21 English
9. Carls vs Weenink  ½-½21 1922 Match GER-NEDA21 English
10. Carls vs S Gruber  1-046 1922 22. DSB KongressA21 English
11. Carls vs O Zander  1-029 1922 22. DSB KongressA21 English
12. O Antze vs O Zander  1-054 1922 22. DSB KongressA21 English
13. Tartakower vs M Walter  ½-½33 1923 Maehrisch - OstrauA21 English
14. Carls vs Saemisch  ½-½31 1925 Baden-BadenA21 English
15. Alekhine vs NN 1-031 1925 ParisA21 English
16. Euwe vs J W te Kolste  1-021 1925 AmsterdamA21 English
17. Carls vs Carlos Torre 1-031 1925 Baden-BadenA21 English
18. B H Villegas vs Trompowsky  0-139 1925 MontevideoA21 English
19. Levenfish vs A Selezniev  1-029 1925 USSR ChampionshipA21 English
20. Carls vs M Romi  1-040 1927 1st olm finalA21 English
21. Reti vs M Romi 1-025 1927 1st olm finalA21 English
22. A Duenmann vs Lokvenc  0-135 1927 Trebitsch mem 11thA21 English
23. Nimzowitsch vs M Romi 1-032 1930 San RemoA21 English
24. Mieses vs N Mannheimer  1-042 1930 FrankfurtA21 English
25. Dake vs Fine 1-042 1933 New York, USAA21 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-19-03  evertoexcel: Has anyone ever seen/heard of the line 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 referred to as the "Kramnik-Shirov counterattack?" My (very weak) computer program identified it as such.
Aug-19-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: I believe I've seen that referred to as the Anglo-Indian Defense.
Feb-13-04  marcus13: It is also play as white (1.e4 c5 2.Nc6 Bb5)
Mar-25-04  ruylopez900: <ete> My computer's database doesn't name it, just gives it the ECO A21.
Apr-06-04  PaulKeres: < marcus13: It is also play as white (1.e4 c5 2.Nc6 Bb5) >, that doesn't make sense?! do you mean <2.Nc3 Bb4> ?
Apr-06-04  apprenticetocaissa: That doesn't make sense either. <2...Bb5>
Jul-02-04  cuendillar: 1. e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, the Rossolimo Sicilian, is probably what marcus was thinking of.
Jan-22-08  JustWoodshifting: Isn't this the A20: English Opening/ Nimzowitsch Variation?
Oct-07-08  0o0o0o0o0: I was looking for the opening, 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5.

It was identified as A21 on the game I played. A21 the Kramnik-Shirov counter.

However, 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 was also A21 but with the Kramnik-Shirov bit dropped.

I found 8 Kramnik games with the code A21 on this site, but none were against Shirov.

So it's still all a bit of a mystery to me.

Oct-07-08  0o0o0o0o0: If I had kept my mouth shut and my peepers open I would have found this before my first post.

Salov vs Kramnik 1-0 40 moves 1993 Linares Spain.

I would have made it a handy little link for you, but don't have a Scooby how to do that :)

Oct-07-08  FICSwoodpusher: Salov vs Kramnik, 1993
Oct-11-08  0o0o0o0o0: Thanks
Aug-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: I have been thinking about playing for black the following line over the board when facing the English: 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 f5

Anybody have any experience with this line? Good or Bad!

Aug-05-09  nescio: <Robin01> I would have liked to play against 2...f5 but nobody has been interested, it seems. Usually Black plays ...f5 a move later. After 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 or 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 f5 he can reply to 4.d4 with tempo 4...e4.

The position after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 f5 is crying out for 3.d4, weakening the black structure considerably. In Bagirov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1965 things didn't go well for White, but Taimanov came up with a few improvements:

6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Nd5! as played in Azmaiparashvili vs H Westerinen, 1992

6.Nh3 Nf6 7.Qd2!? Bb4 (7...h6 8.Nf4 followed by g3, Bg2 and Nd5) 8.a3 Bxc3 9. Qxc3 d5 10.Ng5+ and White is doing well according to Taimanov.

Nevertheless, it's just analysis and, as Tartakower said, "dubious, therefore playable" if you are aware of the risks. After all we rarely encounter a grandmaster.

Aug-10-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: <nescio>Thanks. I did play that line the other day, and my opponent did not reply with 3.d4. I posted the game at my site if anyone wants to look at it and post any comments (either good or bad).
Aug-13-09  nescio: <Robin01: I posted the game at my site if anyone wants to look at it and post any comments (either good or bad).>

I wouldn't mind looking at it if I could find the game, but you don't provide a link to your site, either here or in your bio :)

Aug-17-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Robin01: <nescio>Just click on my name and you can go to my site. It is just an entry near the bottom of my site.
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