The Complete Guide About The English Opening

Writing about a very unique opening that I use a lot is a really pleasurable experience for me. I decided to write about the English Opening because this strategy offers great benefits to the player that are using it. That is the reason why in our days, it is a popular opening and many Grand Masters have it in their arsenal. In this article, you will learn more than the basics behind the English opening and you will be able to practice it. Make sure that you will check out other articles that I have written about strategies and recommendations about nice chess sets.

An Introduction to the English Opening

The English Opening is a beautiful and amazing strategy that offers one major advantage in comparison with other openings. Among the players, the English Opening is also known as the ‘real chameleon’, the animal that is changing color depending on its surroundings. They use this metaphor to demonstrate the fact that this opening can be transformed into other popular openings such as Nimzo-Indian Defense, Queen’s Gambit, King’s Indian Defense, Grünfeld Defense and more.

The starting move of this opening is 1.c4. Actually, if you reverse the color of the pieces, the English Opening is similar to Sicilian Defense. White is trying to add pressure in the critical and central d5 square. It’s a good idea for White to make a fianchetto in the kingside. There many possible responses for Black. Here are the basic Variations.

English, Anglo-Gruenfeld, Smyslov Defense

King’s English Opening

English, Queen’s Indian, Romanishin Variation

Illustrative games in the English Opening

I have selected some interesting games that will help you master the English Opening. I have written some comments in order to help you to get the most out of this article. The games are played by World Champions and Grand Masters who have made a few mistakes. Therefore, it would help you a lot to analyze each move.

English Opening, Bremen

English Opening Symmetrical Variation

Anatoly Karpov was at an excellent condition in the Linares tournament. He
finished in the first place and he won 11 out of 13 games (2 and a half points
ahead of Kasparov).

English Opening, Carls’ Bremen System

English Opening

Final Thoughts

The content of this article may seem difficult to master but with a few practice, you will see a huge improvement. Chess is like running a marathon and it is not like a sprint. Keep working and you will see results. You can check my other articles about chess strategies and if you need inspiration in practicing chess then, you should take a look at our reviews about chess sets.

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