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English, Three Knights System (A27)
1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3

Number of games in database: 592
Years covered: 1913 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 43.8%
   Black wins 28.0%
   Draws 28.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Wolfgang Uhlmann  12 games
Simon Kim Williams  11 games
Andras Adorjan  7 games
Predrag Nikolic  9 games
Vlastimil Hort  8 games
Walter Shawn Browne  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Sanahuja vs Fernandez, 1983
D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2010
Muller vs NN, 1928
Seirawan vs Browne, 1979
Doroshkievich vs V Tukmakov, 1970
Fritz vs Kramnik, 2000
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 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 592  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Stapfer vs C Jaffe  0-1291913American NationalA27 English, Three Knights System
2. I Rabinovich vs Nenarokov  1-0291925USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
3. P F van Hoorn vs Loman  0-1201926NED-chA27 English, Three Knights System
4. Ahues vs Saemisch  ½-½611926BerlinA27 English, Three Knights System
5. Ahues vs Colle 1-0271926BerlinA27 English, Three Knights System
6. Kupchik vs H Steiner  0-1521927Manhattan Chess Club-ch'A27 English, Three Knights System
7. W F Wertheim vs Loman  0-1391927MatchA27 English, Three Knights System
8. Muller vs NN 1-0101928ViennaA27 English, Three Knights System
9. Kevitz vs Lasker 1-0361928Clock simul, 10bA27 English, Three Knights System
10. H R Bigelow vs Marshall 0-1561929Bradley BeachA27 English, Three Knights System
11. Nimzowitsch vs Stoltz  ½-½391931BledA27 English, Three Knights System
12. I Mazel vs Riumin  ½-½201931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
13. Kasparian vs Goglidze  0-1431931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
14. I Mazel vs Goglidze  ½-½331931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
15. P Blechschmidt vs Kieninger  0-1351932Bad EmsA27 English, Three Knights System
16. I Mazel vs Riumin 0-1291934USSR Championship 1934/35A27 English, Three Knights System
17. Keres vs E Joonas 1-0681934Tallinn, Est chA27 English, Three Knights System
18. Fine vs H Steiner  1-0501934Mexican International MastersA27 English, Three Knights System
19. Euwe vs Milner-Barry 1-0341935Hastings 1934/35A27 English, Three Knights System
20. Chekhover vs Riumin  ½-½381935MoscowA27 English, Three Knights System
21. Fine vs W A Ruth 1-0301935Western ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
22. P Trifunovic vs I Vistaneckis  1-0511935OlympiadA27 English, Three Knights System
23. M L Hanauer vs Factor  0-1561936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
24. M L Hanauer vs H Steiner  ½-½401936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
25. A Simonson vs Factor 0-1601936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-06-05  Helloween: Yes, in this line against the English Black refrains from Nf6 until he's already played f5. The game takes on a hybrid Dutch/Nimzo flavor. Black usually eliminates his Dark ♗ by playing Bb4 and Bxc3+, doubling White's queenside pawns to prevent their advance while he prepares to stir up trouble on the kingside. Smejkal vs Kurajica, 1982.

White may be better off playing 3.g3.

Feb-06-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: I agree--the Nf3 is just too good a target for the eventual g7-g5-g4 or e5-e4. After 3.g3, White has the option of playing e2-e3 and Nge2, and an eventual f2-f4. This last move not only thwarts ...f5-f4, it also keep the Bc8 penned behind the f-pawn.
Feb-06-05  Helloween: On the other hand, the statistics seem awfully good for Black in 3.g3. If you follow the main line in this database it goes up to move 14 with 4 different alternatives for Black: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... The Light ♗ goes to e6, usefully controlling d5. Also, I don't think that g2-g3 necessarily thwarts f4; in fact, it may give Black a target to attack and forcefully pry open the f-file with or even advance to f3. In 3.Nf3, usually when the Knight gets pushed with e5-e4, this creates a weak square at f4 which can be exploited(Ng5-h3-f4). In any case, the English systems with an early f7-f5 for Black are quite double-edged.
Feb-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: I've seen those statistics, and they were very surprising to me. All I know is that *my* statistics were quite good. Perhaps this line is my personal Albin Countergambit--stinks for most people, works great for me?
Aug-06-05  melianis: i've had only bad experiences as white in this opening, but then i'm mostly a queen's gambit/catalan player. trying catalan type setups against this has lead to very complex games.
Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
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English, Three Knights System
1.c4 e5 2.♘c3 ♘c6 3.♘f3


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