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

Number of games in database: 2386
Years covered: 1853 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 33.8%
   Black wins 28.2%
   Draws 38.0%

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 96; games 1-25 of 2,386  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Sutton vs W Philipp 1-0111853PostalA28 English
2. Paulsen vs A Schwarz  ½-½451873ViennaA28 English
3. Steinitz vs A Schwarz  1-0321873ViennaA28 English
4. Owen vs Burn 0-1411874Liverpool mA28 English
5. Paulsen vs Englisch 1-0441877LeipzigA28 English
6. Zukertort vs S Rosenthal  1-0371880Rosenthal - ZukertortA28 English
7. Mackenzie vs S Rosenthal  ½-½121883LondonA28 English
8. Swiderski vs L Forgacs  1-0311904Coburg (Meisterturnier)A28 English
9. Swiderski vs O Bernstein  1-0461906OstendA28 English
10. Swiderski vs Marshall ½-½58190615th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)A28 English
11. Swiderski vs Tartakower 0-1201907Ostend-BA28 English
12. Rubinstein vs E Cohn 1-0241912Bad PistyanA28 English
13. J Schenkein vs Spielmann 0-1161913Jubilaeumsturnier Wiener SchachklubA28 English
14. Kupchik vs J Bernstein  1-0411915New York MastersA28 English
15. Tartakower vs B Kostic  ½-½591921BudapestA28 English
16. Tartakower vs Gruenfeld ½-½681922Grünfeld - TartakowerA28 English
17. Rubinstein vs P F Johner  1-0461924Berlin 4MA28 English
18. Reti vs Przepiorka  1-0271925MarienbadA28 English
19. Tartakower vs Saemisch 1-0301925MarienbadA28 English
20. Colle vs Koltanowski  1-0461925Brussels MatchA28 English
21. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann ½-½601925MarienbadA28 English
22. Tartakower vs Bogoljubov 0-1421925Baden-BadenA28 English
23. Nimzowitsch vs Reti 0-1621925BreslauA28 English
24. Reti vs B Moritz  1-0291925BreslauA28 English
25. Tartakower vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  ½-½401925MoscowA28 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
Opening Explorer
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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