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English (A28)
1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 Nf3 Nf6

Number of games in database: 4359
Years covered: 1853 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 34.6%
   Black wins 27.2%
   Draws 38.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Viktor Korchnoi  36 games
Mihai Suba  30 games
Ehsan Ghaem Maghami  25 games
Oleg Romanishin  23 games
Ivan Farago  23 games
Jan Timman  23 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1940
N Riumin vs Euwe, 1934
Nimzowitsch vs Saemisch, 1926
Timman vs Karpov, 1979
Keres vs K Richter, 1942
Meesen vs H Mueller, 1928
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 page 1 of 175; games 1-25 of 4,359  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Sutton vs W Philipp 1-0111853PostalA28 English
2. H Harding vs M Judd 0-11918712nd American Chess Congress, ClevelandA28 English
3. Paulsen vs A Schwarz  ½-½451873ViennaA28 English
4. Steinitz vs A Schwarz 1-0321873ViennaA28 English
5. Owen vs Burn 0-1411875Burn - Owen mA28 English
6. Paulsen vs Englisch 1-0441877LeipzigA28 English
7. Zukertort vs S Rosenthal 1-0371880Rosenthal - ZukertortA28 English
8. J Wisker vs F K Esling  1-0311880Wisker - EslingA28 English
9. G Maluta vs L Sprega  1-02818813rd Italian Championship, MilanA28 English
10. G Maluta vs G Zon  1-04418813rd Italian Championship, MilanA28 English
11. Mackenzie vs S Rosenthal  ½-½121883LondonA28 English
12. Swiderski vs L Forgacs  1-031190414th DSB Congress, CoburgA28 English
13. Swiderski vs O Bernstein 1-0461906OstendA28 English
14. Swiderski vs Marshall ½-½58190615th DSB Congress, NurembergA28 English
15. Swiderski vs Tartakower 0-1201907Ostend-BA28 English
16. Rubinstein vs E Cohn 1-0241912Bad PistyanA28 English
17. J Schenkein vs Spielmann 0-1161913Jubilaeumsturnier Wiener SchachklubA28 English
18. Kupchik vs J Bernstein 1-0411915New York MastersA28 English
19. Tartakower vs Kostic  ½-½591921BudapestA28 English
20. Tartakower vs Gruenfeld ½-½681922Grünfeld - TartakowerA28 English
21. Rubinstein vs P Johner  1-0461924BerlinA28 English
22. Colle vs Koltanowski  1-0461925Brussels MatchA28 English
23. Tartakower vs Bogoljubov 0-1421925Baden-BadenA28 English
24. Tartakower vs Saemisch 1-0301925MarienbadA28 English
25. Reti vs D Przepiorka 1-0271925MarienbadA28 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-03  CapablancaRules: Do you guys know anything about the Dresden Variation of the English?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <CapablancaRules> I believe that it is 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 Nc6 4.f4 d6 5.Nf3 - see
Opening Explorer
Aug-03-04  e4Newman: On the Capablanca variation with k-side fianchetto
4.d3 d5
5.cxd5 Nxd5
6.g3 Be6
allows 7...Bb4! which puts white on the defensive. I am reminded that 6.a3 may appear to lose a tempo but prevents this worse fate. The only sound reply I found is 8.Bd2, not exactly where I want that bishop. 8.Qc2 a la Nimzo-Indian complicates things with

9.Nxd4 exd4
and the other knight is gone. 8...Qb3 meets with similar results and worse, the queen is now on the diagonal with black's QB.

Oct-03-07  piever: What about Nimzowitsch's "special variation" 4 e4? He doesn't speak very much about it in "My system", yet it seems a good idea... Has anyone tried it?


Aug-05-08  freeman8201: Reti played 4. d4 keeping the initiative! Anybody else play this line?

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