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English (A28)
1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 Nf6

Number of games in database: 2134
Years covered: 1853 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 33.2%
   Black wins 28.3%
   Draws 38.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Viktor Korchnoi  32 games
Mihai Suba  25 games
Anthony Miles  21 games
Jan Timman  21 games
Vasily Smyslov  20 games
Oleg Romanishin  18 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1940
Riumin vs Euwe, 1934
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2008
Timman vs Karpov, 1979
Keres vs K Richter, 1942
Ehlvest vs Kasparov, 1988
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 page 1 of 86; games 1-25 of 2,134  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Sutton vs W Philipp 1-011 1853 PostalA28 English
2. Paulsen vs A Schwarz  ½-½45 1873 ViennaA28 English
3. Steinitz vs A Schwarz  1-032 1873 ViennaA28 English
4. Owen vs Burn 0-141 1874 Liverpool mA28 English
5. Paulsen vs Englisch 1-044 1877 LeipzigA28 English
6. Zukertort vs S Rosenthal  1-037 1880 Rosenthal - ZukertortA28 English
7. Mackenzie vs S Rosenthal  ½-½12 1883 LondonA28 English
8. Swiderski vs L Forgacs  1-031 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)A28 English
9. Swiderski vs Marshall ½-½58 1906 15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)A28 English
10. Swiderski vs Tartakower 0-120 1907 Ostende-BA28 English
11. Rubinstein vs E Cohn 1-024 1912 Bad PistyanA28 English
12. J Schenkein vs Spielmann 0-116 1913 Jubilaeumsturnier Wiener SchachklubA28 English
13. Kupchik vs J Bernstein  1-041 1915 New York MastersA28 English
14. Tartakower vs B Kostic  ½-½59 1921 BudapestA28 English
15. Tartakower vs Gruenfeld  ½-½68 1922 Grünfeld - TartakowerA28 English
16. Rubinstein vs P F Johner  1-046 1924 Berlin 4MA28 English
17. Tartakower vs Saemisch 1-030 1925 MarienbadA28 English
18. Reti vs Przepiorka  1-027 1925 MarienbadA28 English
19. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann ½-½60 1925 MarienbadA28 English
20. Colle vs Koltanowski  1-046 1925 Brussels MatchA28 English
21. Tartakower vs Bogoljubov 0-142 1925 Baden-BadenA28 English
22. Nimzowitsch vs Reti 0-162 1925 BreslauA28 English
23. Reti vs B Moritz  1-029 1925 BreslauA28 English
24. Tartakower vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  ½-½40 1925 MoscowA28 English
25. Reti vs I Rabinovich  1-049 1925 MoscowA28 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-03  CapablancaRules: Do you guys know anything about the Dresden Variation of the English?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <CapablancaRules> I believe that it is 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 Nc6 4.f4 d6 5.Nf3 - see
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Aug-03-04  e4Newman: On the Capablanca variation with k-side fianchetto
4.d3 d5
5.cxd5 Nxd5
6.g3 Be6
allows 7...Bb4! which puts white on the defensive. I am reminded that 6.a3 may appear to lose a tempo but prevents this worse fate. The only sound reply I found is 8.Bd2, not exactly where I want that bishop. 8.Qc2 a la Nimzo-Indian complicates things with

9.Nxd4 exd4
and the other knight is gone. 8...Qb3 meets with similar results and worse, the queen is now on the diagonal with black's QB.

Oct-03-07  piever: What about Nimzowitsch's "special variation" 4 e4? He doesn't speak very much about it in "My system", yet it seems a good idea... Has anyone tried it?


Aug-05-08  freeman8201: Reti played 4. d4 keeping the initiative! Anybody else play this line?
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