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English, Symmetrical (A37)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3

Number of games in database: 2791
Years covered: 1889 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 27.8%
   Black wins 32.8%
   Draws 39.3%

Popularity graph, by decade

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Bent Larsen  20 games
Colin McNab  20 games
Nana Dzagnidze  16 games
Dominguez Perez  18 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  16 games
Wlodzimierz Schmidt  15 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs Gligoric, 1956
McShane vs Carlsen, 2010
Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1970
Larsen vs Tal, 1973
G Barcza vs Karpov, 1970
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 page 1 of 112; games 1-25 of 2,791  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs Metger 1-0411889BreslauA37 English, Symmetrical
2. Reti vs Maroczy ½-½321924New YorkA37 English, Symmetrical
3. J Montezinos vs Euwe 0-1241927AmsterdamA37 English, Symmetrical
4. J Goud vs Euwe  0-1591927AmsterdamA37 English, Symmetrical
5. E Sapira vs Koltanowski  0-1231932AntwerpA37 English, Symmetrical
6. Alfred Mortlock vs Sultan Khan  0-1271933BCF-ch 26thA37 English, Symmetrical
7. Flohr vs T Melngailis 0-1231933Flohr simulA37 English, Symmetrical
8. Dake vs L Stolzenberg  1-0241933Western ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
9. O'Kelly vs Grob  0-1481939StuttgartA37 English, Symmetrical
10. G Danielsson vs Z Kleinstein  1-0381939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4A37 English, Symmetrical
11. O Zimmermann vs P Trifunovic  ½-½561954ZuerichA37 English, Symmetrical
12. M Raizman vs P Trifunovic  ½-½661954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-3A37 English, Symmetrical
13. M Weiner vs J Fichtl  1-0401954Czechoslovak ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
14. Kotov vs Korchnoi  1-0731955USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
15. H Steiner vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½43195556th US OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
16. W Luczynowicz vs Z Boleslawski  1-0351956KrynicaA37 English, Symmetrical
17. Lisitsin vs Averbakh 0-1501956USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Lisitsin vs A Bannik  0-1441956USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
19. G Badilles vs G Barcza  0-1411956Moscow Olympiad qual-4A37 English, Symmetrical
20. A Muffang vs Larsen  0-1621956Moscow Olympiad qual-2A37 English, Symmetrical
21. Botvinnik vs Gligoric 1-0301956Moscow Olympiad Final-AA37 English, Symmetrical
22. Stahlberg vs Najdorf ½-½351956Alekhine MemorialA37 English, Symmetrical
23. Gurgenidze vs Korchnoi  ½-½411956URS-ch sfA37 English, Symmetrical
24. F Pithart vs J Holas  1-0511956Czechoslovak ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
25. Furman vs Petrosian  ½-½181956URS-ch sfA37 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-04  marcus13: Wow 50% of draw seemed that this opening draw a lot.
Feb-14-04  PinkPanther: Well...that's what happens when a position becomes very symmetrical. The Petrov Defense and the 4 Knights Game suffer from the same problem for the same reason.
Feb-14-04  marcus13: Is it really a problem?
Feb-14-04  PinkPanther: For white it is. I don't think players with white (unless black is a much stronger player, or if they're just looking for a half point to secure first in a tournament or something) really wants to settle for a stale draw.
Mar-26-04  tacticsjokerxxx: 5.-Nh6 and black wins.

there is no drawing problem here.

Feb-04-05  jahhaj: Is this the most boring opening in chess?
Feb-04-05  Abaduba: It's probably up there, but don't count out the exchange French and the exchange Slav (70% drawn in some lines)

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