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English, Symmetrical (A33)
1 c4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e6 5 Nc3 Nc6

Number of games in database: 2456
Years covered: 1922 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 30.8%
   Black wins 22.1%
   Draws 47.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Viktor Korchnoi  41 games
Ehsan Ghaem Maghami  19 games
Ulf Andersson  17 games
Nick de Firmian  37 games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  35 games
Peter Leko  20 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Korchnoi vs Portisch, 1983
Morozevich vs Leko, 2012
Kramnik vs Anand, 1994
A Saidy vs Fischer, 1964
Suba vs Portisch, 1984
A Bisguier vs Petrosian, 1954
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 page 1 of 99; games 1-25 of 2,456  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Deutsch / Edelheim / Schroeder 1-0401922Exhibition gameA33 English, Symmetrical
2. Capablanca vs Santasiere 1-0331922Simul, 25bA33 English, Symmetrical
3. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch 1-0441923KarlsbadA33 English, Symmetrical
4. Kupchik vs O Chajes 1-02919239th American Chess CongressA33 English, Symmetrical
5. R P Michell vs J H Blake  ½-½441924British ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
6. Kupchik vs M C Palmer  0-1511925Western Championship (open)A33 English, Symmetrical
7. A Teller vs Tartakower 0-1241927Hastings 1926/27A33 English, Symmetrical
8. Rubinstein vs T Regedzinski  1-0361927Polish ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
9. Gruenfeld vs Yates  ½-½201927KecskemetA33 English, Symmetrical
10. Saemisch vs W Schoenmann  ½-½46192725. DSB KongressA33 English, Symmetrical
11. A Baratz vs L Monosson  1-0801928Paris ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
12. M Fox vs I A Horowitz  ½-½181931New York InternationalA33 English, Symmetrical
13. Lilienthal vs B Orvenyi  ½-½39193210th Hungarian National TournamentA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Petrov vs P Vaitonis  1-04319371st SELL Baltic Student OlympiadA33 English, Symmetrical
15. Koblents vs J Koska  1-0351937BrnoA33 English, Symmetrical
16. P Rethy vs Foltys  0-1601941MunichA33 English, Symmetrical
17. J Sajtar vs X Vasicek  1-0321943ZlinA33 English, Symmetrical
18. Petrosian vs Zeinalli 1-0201945LeningradA33 English, Symmetrical
19. C de Ronde vs M Czerniak  0-1401945Buenos Aires CirculoA33 English, Symmetrical
20. J Levin vs S Kowalski  1-0411946United States ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
21. F Herzog vs M Eisinger  0-1221947RiedenburgA33 English, Symmetrical
22. Aronin vs I Kan  0-1391947Moscow ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
23. F Zita vs Foltys  0-1331948Czechoslovak ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
24. V Tarasov vs N Kopilov  ½-½661949URS-ch sf LeningradA33 English, Symmetrical
25. N Aratovsky vs V Mikenas  0-1411949URS-ch sf VilniusA33 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-08-05  Knight13: Sicilian can also transpose to this position. It happend to me once.

I like this opening as White much better than Black.

Aug-20-08  siggemannen: I love this opening as White. Generally I put the bishop on g2, and try to exploit eventual weakness on b6, after Black plays a6. Another idea is to try to get in c5 for White later on.
Sep-20-10  rapidcitychess: I play this as black and it is very simple just to play ...Bb4 and ...d5, with easy equality.

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