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English (A17)
1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6

Number of games in database: 2587
Years covered: 1883 to 2021
Overall record:
   White wins 37.4%
   Black wins 20.8%
   Draws 41.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Vladimir Kramnik  33 games
Viktor Korchnoi  33 games
Lubomir Ftacnik  33 games
Oleg M Romanishin  38 games
Viktor Korchnoi  30 games
Ratmir Kholmov  23 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Stein vs Smyslov, 1972
Smyslov vs P Trifunovic, 1955
Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975
Keres vs Smyslov, 1953
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2001
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 page 1 of 104; games 1-25 of 2,587  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G MacDonnell vs Gossip  0-1271883London (Vizayanagaram)A17 English
2. E Delmar vs Lipschutz 0-16118896th American Chess CongressA17 English
3. A Skipworth vs E MacDonald ½-½331897CraigsideA17 English
4. Blackburne vs A Hodges ½-½62190810th Anglo-American Cable MatchA17 English
5. E B Heal vs R T Black  1-0491916Brooklyn CC chA17 English
6. Z Vecsey vs L Miliani  ½-½361923TriesteA17 English
7. Reti vs Von Gottschall 1-0321925BreslauA17 English
8. S T Sharp / E S Jackson / J Levin vs Maroczy 1-0151925Consultation gameA17 English
9. A Duenmann vs Gilg  ½-½321926DSV KongressA17 English
10. Kupchik vs Marshall  1-0351926Lake HopatcongA17 English
11. Kmoch vs Alekhine  ½-½371927KecskemetA17 English
12. L Schmitt vs Ahues  0-126192725. DSB KongressA17 English
13. K Helling vs W Von Holzhausen  ½-½531928Berlin Cafe KoenigA17 English
14. K Helling vs L Steiner  0-1501928Berlin Cafe KoenigA17 English
15. Capablanca vs P Soler 1-0321929BarcelonaA17 English
16. J Gudmundsson vs J van den Bosch  0-1601930Hamburg OlympiadA17 English
17. A Nogues Acuna vs J M Cristia  1-0481931Buenos AiresA17 English
18. G A Thomas vs Duchamp  1-0271931NiceA17 English
19. J Mieses vs B Moritz  1-038193127th German Chess Federation CongressA17 English
20. F Apsenieks vs L Asztalos  1-0551931Prague OlympiadA17 English
21. Santasiere vs F Reinfeld  ½-½621932MatchA17 English
22. E Reinhardt vs H Von Hennig ½-½601932Hamburg-AltonaA17 English
23. H Mueller vs Simon Rubinstein  1-0351932Trebitsch Memorial 15thA17 English
24. S Beutum vs Simon Rubinstein  ½-½431933Trebitsch MemorialA17 English
25. F Gygli vs O Bernstein ½-½711934ZurichA17 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-05-03  Smobin420: any good players out there and do you wont to play
Jul-01-03  Dustin J.: Well I play the English so sure e-mail me at to setup a game.
Jul-03-03  Benjamin Lau: The setup above often transposes to the Nimzo Indian.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some winning combinations in the English Hedgehog (A17): What's the best move?
Jan-02-08  lentil: after 3.e4 Bb5?! 4. e5 Black has some poor choices. for example 4... Ng8 5 Qg4 Bf8. Or 4...Bxc3 5 bc (5 dc) Ne4?! 6 Qg4 d5 7 d3 Nxc3 8 Qxg7 Rf8 9 Bg5
Mar-28-08  larsen959: After 3.Cf3 Ab4 it's interesting 4.g4!? h6 5.Tg1 (like the Keres Attack in the SIcilian Scheveningen)

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