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

Number of games in database: 516
Years covered: 1913 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 42.1%
   Black wins 27.5%
   Draws 30.4%

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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
Vlastimil Hort  8 games
Predrag Nikolic  8 games
Ljubomir Ljubojevic  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
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1968
Fritz vs Kramnik, 2000
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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 516  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Stapfer vs C Jaffe  0-129 1913 American NationalA27 English, Three Knights System
2. I Rabinovich vs Nenarokov  1-029 1925 USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
3. Ahues vs Colle 1-027 1926 BerlinA27 English, Three Knights System
4. Ahues vs Saemisch  ½-½61 1926 BerlinA27 English, Three Knights System
5. Kupchik vs H Steiner  0-152 1927 Manhattan Chess Club-ch'A27 English, Three Knights System
6. W F Wertheim vs Loman  0-139 1927 MatchA27 English, Three Knights System
7. Muller vs NN 1-010 1928 WenenA27 English, Three Knights System
8. Kevitz vs Lasker  1-036 1928 New York simA27 English, Three Knights System
9. H R Bigelow vs Marshall 0-156 1929 Bradley BeachA27 English, Three Knights System
10. Nimzowitsch vs Stoltz  ½-½39 1931 BledA27 English, Three Knights System
11. I Mazel vs Riumin  ½-½20 1931 USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
12. Kasparian vs Goglidze  0-143 1931 USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
13. I Mazel vs Goglidze  ½-½33 1931 USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
14. P Blechschmidt vs Kieninger  0-135 1932 Bad Ems GERA27 English, Three Knights System
15. Keres vs E Joonas 1-068 1934 Tallinn, Est chA27 English, Three Knights System
16. I Mazel vs Riumin 0-129 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A27 English, Three Knights System
17. Euwe vs Milner-Barry 1-034 1935 Hastings 1934/35A27 English, Three Knights System
18. Chekhover vs Riumin  ½-½38 1935 MoscowA27 English, Three Knights System
19. P Trifunovic vs I Vistaneckis  1-051 1935 OlympiadA27 English, Three Knights System
20. Fine vs W A Ruth  1-030 1935 Western ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
21. M L Hanauer vs Factor  0-156 1936 US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
22. M L Hanauer vs H Steiner  ½-½40 1936 US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
23. A Simonson vs Factor 0-160 1936 US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
24. Ragozin vs Alatortsev  ½-½69 1937 URS-chA27 English, Three Knights System
25. G Koshnitsky vs F M Hallman  ½-½17 1937 AUS corr-chA27 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 B 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 B 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  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

English, Three Knights System
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3


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