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English (A17)
1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6

Number of games in database: 2218
Years covered: 1883 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 38.1%
   Black wins 20.7%
   Draws 41.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Viktor Korchnoi  34 games
Jan Smejkal  32 games
Vladimir Kramnik  31 games
Oleg Romanishin  34 games
Viktor Korchnoi  29 games
Ratmir Kholmov  23 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Stein vs Smyslov, 1972
Kramnik vs Karpov, 1997
Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994
Keres vs Smyslov, 1953
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2001
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 page 1 of 89; games 1-25 of 2,218  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 CongressA17 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. Reti vs Von Gottschall 1-0321925BreslauA17 English
7. S T Sharp / E S Jackson / J Levin vs Maroczy 1-0151925Consultation gameA17 English
8. A Duenmann vs Gilg  ½-½321926DSV KongressA17 English
9. Kupchik vs Marshall  1-0351926Lake HopatcongA17 English
10. Kmoch vs Alekhine  ½-½371927KecskemetA17 English
11. L Schmitt vs Ahues  0-126192725. DSB KongressA17 English
12. K Helling vs W Von Holzhausen  ½-½531928It Cafe KoenigA17 English
13. K Helling vs L Steiner  0-1501928It Cafe KoenigA17 English
14. Capablanca vs P Soler 1-0321929BarcelonaA17 English
15. J Gudmundsson vs J van den Bosch  0-1601930Hamburg OlympiadA17 English
16. J Mieses vs B Moritz  1-038193127. DSB KongressA17 English
17. G A Thomas vs Duchamp  1-0271931NiceA17 English
18. F Apsenieks vs L Asztalos  1-0551931Prague OlympiadA17 English
19. E Reinhardt vs H Von Hennig ½-½601932Hamburg-AltonaA17 English
20. Santasiere vs F Reinfeld  ½-½621932MatchA17 English
21. H Mueller vs Simon Rubinstein  1-0351932Trebitsch Memorial 15thA17 English
22. S Beutum vs Simon Rubinstein  ½-½431933Trebitsch Memorial 16thA17 English
23. F Gygli vs O Bernstein ½-½711934ZurichA17 English
24. Edgars Krumins vs T Melngailis  1-0371934Riga v Dama club tournamentA17 English
25. Chekhover vs Lisitsin  ½-½421936Moscow mA17 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.
Apr-16-06  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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