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English, Symmetrical (A34)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3

Number of games in database: 2648
Years covered: 1843 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 37.6%
   Black wins 25.0%
   Draws 37.3%

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Viktor Korchnoi  27 games
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Mihai Suba  19 games
Viktor Korchnoi  24 games
Jan Smejkal  22 games
Ian Nepomniachtchi  22 games
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Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987
Petrosian vs J Peters, 1976
S Tatai vs Karpov, 1977
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979
Uhlmann vs H Liebert, 1976
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 page 1 of 106; games 1-25 of 2,648  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Staunton vs Saint Amant 1-0471843Staunton - Saint AmantA34 English, Symmetrical
2. Staunton vs Saint Amant 1-0891843Staunton - Saint AmantA34 English, Symmetrical
3. Staunton vs Saint Amant 0-1581843Staunton - Saint AmantA34 English, Symmetrical
4. S Franklin vs D S Roberts 0-1441858California Chess CongressA34 English, Symmetrical
5. S Franklin vs D S Roberts  ½-½511858(T1) San FranciscoA34 English, Symmetrical
6. K De Weydlich vs Blackburne  0-13718949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigA34 English, Symmetrical
7. Lasker vs Forbes 1-0471898Simul, 30bA34 English, Symmetrical
8. J Mason vs G Marco  ½-½441902Monte CarloA34 English, Symmetrical
9. H Caro vs Nimzowitsch 1-0361905Barmen Meisterturnier BA34 English, Symmetrical
10. Carls vs J Mieses  1-0521914MannheimA34 English, Symmetrical
11. L Zimpel vs J Krejcik 0-1101921Vienna-AA34 English, Symmetrical
12. Reti vs Carls 1-0351925Baden-BadenA34 English, Symmetrical
13. Reti vs Rubinstein  ½-½301925Baden-BadenA34 English, Symmetrical
14. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch 1-0531925BreslauA34 English, Symmetrical
15. G Kemper vs G Fontein  ½-½321925NSB - RhW SchachverbandA34 English, Symmetrical
16. N Zubarev vs Rubinstein 0-1411925MoscowA34 English, Symmetrical
17. S Landau vs G Reid  1-0181926Scarborough-AA34 English, Symmetrical
18. Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein 1-0461926DresdenA34 English, Symmetrical
19. Alekhine vs S Landau  1-0441926Scarborough Premier (A)A34 English, Symmetrical
20. Kmoch vs Prokes  0-1311926BudapestA34 English, Symmetrical
21. M Walter vs Prokes  ½-½151926BardejovA34 English, Symmetrical
22. B Kostic vs Prokes 1-0301926BardejovA34 English, Symmetrical
23. M Monticelli vs G Nagy  ½-½321926BudapestA34 English, Symmetrical
24. Jacques Davidson vs V Soultanbeieff  0-1461926SpaA34 English, Symmetrical
25. W Orbach vs Reti  ½-½301927Bad HomburgA34 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-02-06  jjp: The ECO codes for the English opening seem to be fairly arbitrary. I can never find what I am looking for. Does anyone know how to find games played in the Keres-Parma Variation without using the opening explorer? The move order I usually use is 1.c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3.g3 e6; the idea of the variation is to play d5 and get an isolated queen’s pawn in return for activity. However, I don’t think my move order is the ‘correct’ move order because the games are not under this ECO code.
Jun-02-06  borisbadenoff: What you are looking for is
1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 e6

Which has no special ECO-Code as many other variations of a certain opening.

So the only way is to use the opening explorer

Jan-30-07  myschkin: According to Fritz we played
A34 (English, Symmetrical)?!

Is that true:

[Event "Yahoo Chess"]
[Site "Yahoo"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "futong404"]

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 c5
4. e3 Nc6
5. Nf3 cxd4
6. exd4 Bb4
7. Bd2 a6
8. a3 Ba5
9. Bd3 Bb6
10. d5 exd5
11. Nxd5 Nxd5
12. cxd5 Qe7+
13. Be2 Nd4
14. Nxd4 Bxd4
15. Bc3 Bxc3+
16. bxc3 d6
17. O-O O-O
18. Re1 Qe5
19. c4 Qf4
20. Bd3 Bd7
21. Qc2 f5
22. Re3 Qd4
23. Rae1 Rad8
24. Rf3 Rde8
25. Rf1 Re5
26. Qb3 Bc8

Jan-30-07  Scarecrow: <myschkin> The position after move 3 could have been reached through the move order 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. d4 e6, which (from White's 2nd) bears the ECO code A34. Maybe it is more likely to arise from an English and that's why Fritz has it under A34, but of course the game was intended as some Indian defense or Benoni.
Jan-30-07  myschkin: <Scarecrow> Thanks, I was not sure at all. I am a bit tired of raising "points" or stuff like that at the moment. So I try some "new" chess paths for enjoyment. But it is always good to know where I'm walking ;)) Benoni - I will look that up, sounds promising to me ^^
Jan-30-07  Scarecrow: <myschkin> Normally after your 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Black's answer is 3...Bb4 which is the Nimzo-Indian Defense (ECO codes E20-E59). The Benoni (ECO A60-A79) normally arises after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5, or, if Black wants to delay the c7-c5 push, 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 <3. Nf3> c5. However, playing ...c5 after <3. Nc3> is perfetly OK as well. The Benoni is a dynamic option and much less likely to lead to a draw than a Queen's Indian or a Nimzo-Indian. You can look it up in the Opening Explorer or using the ECO codes. Have fun :-)
Jan-30-07  myschkin: <Scarecrow> Have fun ... that is what I am looking for ^^ Was a pleasure reading your explanations!
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