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English (A17)
1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6

Number of games in database: 3521
Years covered: 1883 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 37.6%
   Black wins 22.1%
   Draws 40.3%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Lubomir Ftacnik  36 games
Vladimir Kramnik  33 games
Viktor Korchnoi  33 games
Oleg Romanishin  39 games
Viktor Korchnoi  30 games
Aleksandar Matanovic  24 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Stein vs Smyslov, 1972
Smyslov vs P Trifunovic, 1955
Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982
Keres vs Smyslov, 1953
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2001
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 page 1 of 141; games 1-25 of 3,521  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G MacDonnell vs Gossip  0-1271883London (Vizayanagaram)A17 English
2. E Delmar vs Lipschutz 0-16118896th American Chess Congress, New YorkA17 English
3. A Skipworth vs E MacDonald ½-½331897CraigsideA17 English
4. Blackburne vs A Hodges ½-½62190810th Anglo-American Cable MatchA17 English
5. E B Heal vs R T Black  1-0491916Brooklyn CC chA17 English
6. Z Vecsey vs L Miliani  ½-½361923TriesteA17 English
7. Reti vs Von Gottschall 1-0321925BreslauA17 English
8. S T Sharp / E S Jackson / J Levin vs Maroczy 1-0151925Consultation gameA17 English
9. A Duenmann vs Gilg  ½-½321926DSV KongressA17 English
10. Kupchik vs Marshall  1-0351926Lake HopatcongA17 English
11. Kmoch vs Alekhine  ½-½371927KecskemetA17 English
12. L Schmitt vs C Ahues  0-126192725. DSB KongressA17 English
13. S Beutum vs E Glass  1-0371928ViennaA17 English
14. K Helling vs W Von Holzhausen  ½-½531928Berlin Cafe KoenigA17 English
15. K Helling vs L Steiner  0-1501928Berlin Cafe KoenigA17 English
16. Capablanca vs P Soler 1-0321929BarcelonaA17 English
17. J Gudmundsson vs J van den Bosch 0-1601930Hamburg OlympiadA17 English
18. A Nogues Acuna vs J M Cristia  1-0481931Buenos AiresA17 English
19. G A Thomas vs Duchamp  1-0271931NiceA17 English
20. J Mieses vs B Moritz  1-038193127th German Chess Federation CongressA17 English
21. F Apsenieks vs L Asztalos  1-0551931Prague OlympiadA17 English
22. G Kurdjukov vs M Grencarski  1-0191931Yugoslav Amateur ChampionshipA17 English
23. Santasiere vs F Reinfeld  ½-½621932MatchA17 English
24. R Elstner vs S Rotenstein  1-0401932Berlin Six-Masters-Cafe MokadoroA17 English
25. E Reinhardt vs H Von Hennig ½-½601932Hamburg-AltonaA17 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-05-03  Smobin420: any good players out there and do you wont to play
Jul-01-03  Dustin J.: Well I play the English so sure e-mail me at to setup a game.
Jul-03-03  Benjamin Lau: The setup above often transposes to the Nimzo Indian.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some winning combinations in the English Hedgehog (A17): What's the best move?
Jan-02-08  lentil: after 3.e4 Bb5?! 4. e5 Black has some poor choices. for example 4... Ng8 5 Qg4 Bf8. Or 4...Bxc3 5 bc (5 dc) Ne4?! 6 Qg4 d5 7 d3 Nxc3 8 Qxg7 Rf8 9 Bg5
Mar-28-08  larsen959: After 3.Cf3 Ab4 it's interesting 4.g4!? h6 5.Tg1 (like the Keres Attack in the SIcilian Scheveningen)

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