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English, Symmetrical (A38)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 Nf6

Number of games in database: 615
Years covered: 1912 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 36.1%
   Black wins 20.5%
   Draws 43.4%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Wolfgang Uhlmann  7 games
Bent Larsen  6 games
Colin A McNab  6 games
Alexander Khalifman  6 games
Keith Arkell  6 games
Bartlomiej Macieja  5 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967
Kasparov vs Leko, 1994
Smyslov vs Tal, 1969
J Gonzales vs W So, 2008
S Giardelli vs Ulf Andersson, 2001
P Blechschmidt vs Flohr, 1930
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 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 615  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs Duras 1-0571912Bad PistyanA38 English, Symmetrical
2. Carls vs A E Post  1-0341914MannheimA38 English, Symmetrical
3. Reti vs Gruenfeld ½-½311923Maehrisch-OstrauA38 English, Symmetrical
4. Reti vs A Becker 1-0301923ViennaA38 English, Symmetrical
5. Reti vs A Guerra Boneo 0-1551924ARG-Mayor ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
6. Duchamp vs V Kahn 0-1431924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
7. Kmoch vs A Vajda  ½-½311926SemmeringA38 English, Symmetrical
8. P Krueger vs Hilse  0-1311927BremenA38 English, Symmetrical
9. J Giersing vs J Gemzoe  0-1421928dkchA38 English, Symmetrical
10. Carls vs A Chepurnov  ½-½461928World Amateur ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
11. P Blechschmidt vs Flohr 0-1311930ZwickauA38 English, Symmetrical
12. J Araiza Munoz vs Maroczy  0-1371930NiceA38 English, Symmetrical
13. M Romi vs A Rastrelli  1-0461931ITA-chA38 English, Symmetrical
14. Sultan Khan vs V Mikenas 0-1511933Folkestone ol (Men)A38 English, Symmetrical
15. Opocensky vs D Enoch  0-1271935OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
16. T Melngailis vs H Kalnins  0-1331936Olympic SelectionA38 English, Symmetrical
17. M L Hanauer vs P Woliston ½-½801940USA-chA38 English, Symmetrical
18. K Prucha vs K Petrik  ½-½401943ZlinA38 English, Symmetrical
19. Ufimtsev vs Bondarevsky 1-0571945Ch URS (1/2 final)A38 English, Symmetrical
20. Georg Meyer vs C H Meyer  ½-½381946Klaus Junge MemorialA38 English, Symmetrical
21. V A Vasiliev vs A Ebralidze  ½-½701949URS-ch sfA38 English, Symmetrical
22. M M de Ley vs B Rabar  0-1551952Rio de Janeiro itA38 English, Symmetrical
23. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
24. F Pithart vs Ujtelky  1-0711955CSR-chA38 English, Symmetrical
25. A Geller vs B Vladimirov  ½-½171955URS-ch sfA38 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-30-09  norcist: Hello all. I have played this variation many many times as white, however, after lines like 6. 0-0 d6 7.a3 0-0 8. Rb1 (recommended by Donaldson and Hansen) Bf5 9.d3 Qd7 10.Re1 b6 I feel like white is going nowhere fast. His queenside initiative is microscopic and black has the option of either a.) playing moves like Rd8 in preparation of an eventual kingside advance which will be far more potent than anything white has on the opposite wing or b.) perhaps strinking in the center at some point with Nd4 establishing a pawn wedge and furthing draining whites position of any vitality. The two of course aren't mutally exclusive. Does anyone have any experience with these types of positions? Of course you can't expect TOO much, but I can't help but feel the b4 advance is easily neutralized. I was also thinking of picking up either the "symmetrical english" by everyman chess or Hansen's book by the same name....anyone read either??
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