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English, Symmetrical (A38)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 Nf6

Number of games in database: 549
Years covered: 1912 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 35.9%
   Black wins 20.6%
   Draws 43.5%

Popularity graph, by decade

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Wolfgang Uhlmann  7 games
Bent Larsen  6 games
Colin A McNab  6 games
Alexander Khalifman  6 games
Keith Arkell  6 games
Bartlomiej Macieja  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967
Kasparov vs Leko, 1994
Smyslov vs Tal, 1969
J Gonzales vs W So, 2008
S Giardelli vs Ulf Andersson, 2001
P Blechschmidt vs Flohr, 1930
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 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 549  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs Duras 1-057 1912 Bad PistyanA38 English, Symmetrical
2. Carls vs A E Post  1-034 1914 MannheimA38 English, Symmetrical
3. Reti vs Gruenfeld ½-½31 1923 Maehrisch-OstrauA38 English, Symmetrical
4. Reti vs Albert Becker 1-030 1923 ViennaA38 English, Symmetrical
5. Reti vs A Guerra Boneo 0-155 1924 ARG-Mayor ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
6. Duchamp vs V Kahn  0-143 1924 Paris prel-7A38 English, Symmetrical
7. Kmoch vs A Vajda  ½-½31 1926 SemmeringA38 English, Symmetrical
8. P Krueger vs Hilse  0-131 1927 BremenA38 English, Symmetrical
9. J Giersing vs J Gemzoe  0-142 1928 dkchA38 English, Symmetrical
10. Carls vs A Chepurnov  ½-½46 1928 World Championship AmateurA38 English, Symmetrical
11. P Blechschmidt vs Flohr 0-131 1930 ZwickauA38 English, Symmetrical
12. M Romi vs A Rastrelli  1-046 1931 Milano C.It.A38 English, Symmetrical
13. Sultan Khan vs V Mikenas 0-151 1933 OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
14. Opocensky vs D Enoch  0-127 1935 OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
15. M L Hanauer vs P Woliston ½-½80 1940 USA ChA38 English, Symmetrical
16. K Prucha vs K Petrik  ½-½40 1943 ZlinA38 English, Symmetrical
17. Ufimtsev vs Bondarevsky 1-057 1945 Ch URS (1/2 final)A38 English, Symmetrical
18. Meyer vs C H Meyer  ½-½38 1946 Regensburg GERA38 English, Symmetrical
19. V A Vasiliev vs A Ebralidze  ½-½70 1949 URS-ch sfA38 English, Symmetrical
20. M M de Ley vs B Rabar  0-155 1952 Rio de Janeiro itA38 English, Symmetrical
21. A Geller vs B Vladimirov  ½-½17 1955 USSRA38 English, Symmetrical
22. Benko vs Szabo  ½-½18 1955 HUN chA38 English, Symmetrical
23. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½26 1955 USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
24. Najdorf vs Hubert  1-038 1956 Buenos Aires vs Santa Fe MatchA38 English, Symmetrical
25. L Rudenko vs O Rubtsova  1-040 1956 wcc (women)A38 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-30-09  norcist: Hello all. I have played this variation many many times as white, however, after lines like 6. 0-0 d6 7.a3 0-0 8. Rb1 (recommended by Donaldson and Hansen) Bf5 9.d3 Qd7 10.Re1 b6 I feel like white is going nowhere fast. His queenside initiative is microscopic and black has the option of either a.) playing moves like Rd8 in preparation of an eventual kingside advance which will be far more potent than anything white has on the opposite wing or b.) perhaps strinking in the center at some point with Nd4 establishing a pawn wedge and furthing draining whites position of any vitality. The two of course aren't mutally exclusive. Does anyone have any experience with these types of positions? Of course you can't expect TOO much, but I can't help but feel the b4 advance is easily neutralized. I was also thinking of picking up either the "symmetrical english" by everyman chess or Hansen's book by the same name....anyone read either??
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