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English with b3 (A12)
1 c4 c6 2 Nf3 d5 3 b3

Number of games in database: 1809
Years covered: 1923 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 36.3%
   Black wins 27.9%
   Draws 35.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Stefan Reschke  19 games
Nana Dzagnidze  17 games
Colin McNab  12 games
Arturo Pomar Salamanca  13 games
Antoaneta Stefanova  9 games
Ivan Radulov  9 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936
Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968
Petrosian vs Tal, 1962
Reti vs Lasker, 1924
A Kevitz vs Capablanca, 1931
Nimzowitsch vs Pirc, 1931
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 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,809  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Gruber vs S Takacs  0-1461923ViennaA12 English with b3
2. S Takacs vs A Becker  0-1361923ViennaA12 English with b3
3. Reti vs B H Villegas  1-0271924ARG-ch4 MayorA12 English with b3
4. Reti vs L Palau  ½-½551924ARG-ch4 MayorA12 English with b3
5. Reti vs Lasker 0-1451924New YorkA12 English with b3
6. L Loewenton vs J Kleczynski Jr  0-1731924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA12 English with b3
7. P Romanovsky vs A Rabinovich  1-0301924USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
8. N Zubarev vs A Alekhine  1-0391924Tournament of Cities-AA12 English with b3
9. R H Scott vs R P Michell  1-0361924British ChampionshipA12 English with b3
10. R H Scott vs J H Blake  1-0541924British ChampionshipA12 English with b3
11. Y Rokhlin vs Levenfish  0-1321925Leningrad-chA12 English with b3
12. J Graafland vs R Loman  ½-½521925ScheveningenA12 English with b3
13. Tartakower vs D Przepiorka  ½-½741925Hastings 1924/25A12 English with b3
14. A Haida vs R P Michell  0-1401925MarienbadA12 English with b3
15. F C Short vs A G Conde  0-1461925Scarborough-01 Premier AA12 English with b3
16. Reti vs Tarrasch ½-½731925BreslauA12 English with b3
17. G Nagy vs V Vukovic 0-1691925DebrecenA12 English with b3
18. Reti vs Bogoljubov 1-0441925MoscowA12 English with b3
19. Reti vs Capablanca ½-½331925MoscowA12 English with b3
20. Reti vs Torre  ½-½441925MoscowA12 English with b3
21. N Grigoriev vs N Tselikov  1-0371926Moscow ChampionshipA12 English with b3
22. Reti vs K Treybal  1-0811926SemmeringA12 English with b3
23. P D Bolland vs J H Blake  ½-½441926Weston-super-MareA12 English with b3
24. M Bluemich vs W Von Holzhausen 1-0721926DresdenA12 English with b3
25. A G Khrustalev vs Berg  1-0371926Volga Region championshipA12 English with b3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-13-04  marcus13: A very hypermodern opening, I guest whit will continue by g3 and bg2.
Jul-09-04  skeet: This isn't a very creative name.
Jul-09-04  e4Newman: I've never encountered this position, but flipping through MCO, I see an easy comparison to various Reti positions. In fact, there is also mention in the Caro-Kann Defense section but no mention at all in the English Opening section.
May-25-05  e4Newman: I've now had some success with this idea from the white side. Good fun!
May-25-05  hintza: Usually this would be reached by a different move order: 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 and now 3.b3.
May-31-05  e4Newman: Agreed. The wonderful advantage here and in many qp games is that you can reach similar positions via a few different move orders.
Jun-16-05  melianis: I've been calling this and related white b3-systems Queen's Indian Attack.
Dec-10-05  chesscrazy: Strange opening.
Sep-28-08  ravel5184: OOTD 2008.09.28
English with b3
1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. b3

Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968

Game Collection: Opening of the day - notable games

Jun-05-11  libertyjack: What the New York system as in E Cekro vs L Patriarca, 2008?
Jun-11-13  parisattack: This line has been quite successful for White - coming either from an English or a Reti. The CG Opening Explorer gives one game with 3. ...d4?! winning for Black. But 4. Bb2 is weak, 4. e3 seems to give White a sweet game.
Jun-11-13  Nerwal: I thought this move-order was harmless due to 3... dxc4!? 4. bxc4 e5 with easy play for black, but I realize now this is actually hardly played...

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