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English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4 (A39)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 O-O O-O
7 d4

Number of games in database: 476
Years covered: 1927 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 41.0%
   Black wins 17.0%
   Draws 42.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Zoltan Ribli  6 games
Vasily Smyslov  5 games
Baadur Jobava  4 games
Jan Smejkal  8 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  6 games
Andras Adorjan  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972
Botvinnik vs Najdorf, 1954
D Dubov vs E Bronnikova, 2010
L Lengyel vs Geller, 1965
D Y Peng vs E Lawson, 2004
Krogius vs V Osnos, 1967
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 476  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Nogues Acuna vs Carls ½-½63 1927 1st olm finalA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
2. S Takacs vs Yates  1-043 1929 Hastings 1928/29A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
3. P Le Cornu vs C Pilnick  0-143 1948 49th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
4. E German vs J Canepa 1-050 1951 San RafaelA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
5. H Heinicke vs P Levy  1-045 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
6. Larsen vs Henry Andersen  0-140 1954 Copenhagen AS 1904 jubA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
7. Botvinnik vs Najdorf 1-041 1954 NetherlandsA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
8. Reshevsky vs D Byrne  ½-½12 1955 56th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
9. F Pithart vs Ujtelky  1-071 1955 CSR-chA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
10. Stahlberg vs Ujtelky 1-056 1956 Marianske Lazne/PrahaA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
11. K Darga vs Wade 1-024 1956 Moscow ol (Men) prelA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
12. L Navarovszky vs I Asmundsson  ½-½21 1957 WchT U26 04thA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
13. S Smiltiner vs H Lehmann  1-033 1958 13th olm qual. group 2A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
14. G Forintos vs M Succar 1-016 1958 13th olm qual. group 3A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
15. Reshevsky vs Pilnik  ½-½42 1958 13th olm final AA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
16. D Rivera vs C Brasket  ½-½21 1959 60th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
17. Matulovic vs P Trifunovic  1-070 1960 SarajevoA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. B Cafferty vs Bondarevsky  ½-½57 1961 Hastings 1960/61A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
19. Filip vs K Honfi  ½-½51 1962 Reggio Emilia 6263A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
20. Polugaevsky vs Parma  ½-½14 1962 Lvov (Ukraine)A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
21. T Weinberger vs W Cunningham  1-037 1962 Herman Steiner Club ChampionshipA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
22. K Langeweg vs O'Kelly  1-047 1963 HoogovensA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
23. M Bobotsov vs Parma  ½-½30 1964 ZagrebA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
24. Geller vs Suetin  ½-½90 1964 USSR ZonalA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
25. Smyslov vs Larsen ½-½49 1964 Amsterdam InterzonalA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: I don't like this kind of Opening. It's unclear what to do.
Oct-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: White wants to play d5 and black wants to provoke white into playing d5.
Mar-13-06  blingice: Why are there so many Symmetrical English openings? (I say "so many" because I have seen few other openings that are mirrored).
Mar-26-06  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from miniature A39 games: http://www.wtharvey.com/a39.html
Feb-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
1.c4 c5 2.♘c3 ♘c6 3.g3 g6 4.♗g2 ♗g7 5.♘f3 ♘f6 6.O-O O-O 7.d4


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May-07-13  dit890le: Wow, 41.7% win rate for white.
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