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English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4 (A39)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 O-O O-O
7 d4

Number of games in database: 488
Years covered: 1927 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 39.5%
   Black wins 18.4%
   Draws 42.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Zoltan Ribli  6 games
Vasily Smyslov  5 games
Baadur Jobava  4 games
Jan Smejkal  8 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  6 games
Andras Adorjan  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972
Botvinnik vs Najdorf, 1954
D Dubov vs E Bronnikova, 2010
L Lengyel vs Geller, 1965
D Y Peng vs E Lawson, 2004
Krogius vs V Osnos, 1967
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 488  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Nogues Acuna vs Carls ½-½631927London OlympiadA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
2. T Bergs vs F Apsenieks 0-13919282nd Reiner Cafe tA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
3. S Takacs vs Yates  1-0431929Hastings 1928/29A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
4. Kostic vs G A Thomas  0-1621930NiceA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
5. P Le Cornu vs C Pilnick  0-143194849th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
6. E German vs J Canepa 1-0501951Punta del Este 5152A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
7. H Heinicke vs P Levy  1-0451952Helsinki Olympiad qual-1A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
8. Botvinnik vs Najdorf 1-0411954Amsterdam Olympiad Final-AA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
9. Reshevsky vs D Byrne ½-½12195556th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
10. E Dodero vs R A Redolfi  ½-½201955ARG-chA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
11. V G Kirillov vs A Shagalovich  ½-½451957URS-ch qfA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
12. S Smiltiner vs H Lehmann  1-0331958Munich Olympiad qual-2A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
13. Forintos vs M Succar 1-0161958Munich Olympiad qual-3A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
14. J A Seitz vs G Piccinini  0-1721959Reggio Emilia 1958/59A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
15. D Rivera vs C Brasket  ½-½21195960th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
16. Z Doda vs Mulk Raj Wahi  1-0481960Leipzig Olympiad qual-2A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
17. Lombardy vs W Pietzsch  ½-½441960Leipzig Olympiad Final-AA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. B Cafferty vs Bondarevsky ½-½571961Hastings 1960/61A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
19. I Spector vs B F Brodersen  1-017196162nd US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
20. T Weinberger vs W Cunningham  1-0371962Herman Steiner Club ChampionshipA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
21. Polugaevsky vs Parma  ½-½141962URS-YUGA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
22. Filip vs K Honfi  ½-½511963Reggio Emilia 6263A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
23. G Szilagyi vs Gipslis  ½-½411963Bad LiebensteinA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
24. Geller vs Suetin ½-½901964USSR ZonalA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
25. Bobotsov vs Parma  ½-½301964ZagrebA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-01-04  Knight13: I don't like this kind of Opening. It's unclear what to do.
Oct-01-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: White wants to play d5 and black wants to provoke white into playing d5.
Mar-13-06  blingice: Why are there so many Symmetrical English openings? (I say "so many" because I have seen few other openings that are mirrored).
Mar-26-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from miniature A39 games: http://www.wtharvey.com/a39.html
Feb-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
1.c4 c5 2.♘c3 ♘c6 3.g3 g6 4.♗g2 ♗g7 5.♘f3 ♘f6 6.O-O O-O 7.d4


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May-07-13  dit890le: Wow, 41.7% win rate for white.

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