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English, Symmetrical (A37)
1 c4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3

Number of games in database: 3995
Years covered: 1889 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 27.9%
   Black wins 32.4%
   Draws 39.8%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Tomasz Markowski  29 games
Colin McNab  27 games
Bent Larsen  20 games
Thomas Ernst  27 games
Pia Cramling  21 games
Dominguez Perez  20 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Botvinnik vs Gligoric, 1956
McShane vs Carlsen, 2010
Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1970
Larsen vs Tal, 1973
Barcza vs Karpov, 1970
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 page 1 of 160; games 1-25 of 3,995  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs J Metger 1-04118896th DSB Congress, BreslauA37 English, Symmetrical
2. Reti vs Maroczy ½-½321924New YorkA37 English, Symmetrical
3. J Montezinos vs Euwe 0-1241927AmsterdamA37 English, Symmetrical
4. J H Goud vs Euwe  0-1591927AmsterdamA37 English, Symmetrical
5. S Takacs vs S Beutum  1-0711927Trebitsch MemorialA37 English, Symmetrical
6. E Sapira vs Koltanowski  0-1231932AntwerpA37 English, Symmetrical
7. A Mortlock vs Sultan Khan  0-1271933British ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
8. Flohr vs T Melngailis 0-1231933SimulA37 English, Symmetrical
9. Dake vs L Stolzenberg  1-0241933Western ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
10. O'Kelly vs Grob  0-1481939StuttgartA37 English, Symmetrical
11. G Danielsson vs Z Kleinstein  1-0381939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4A37 English, Symmetrical
12. O Zimmermann vs P Trifunovic  ½-½561954ZuerichA37 English, Symmetrical
13. M Raizman vs P Trifunovic  ½-½661954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-3A37 English, Symmetrical
14. M Weiner vs J Fichtl  1-0401954Czechoslovak ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
15. Kotov vs Korchnoi  1-0731955USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
16. H Steiner vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½43195556th US OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
17. Petrosian vs Y Gusev  ½-½311956Moscow ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
18. V Bobolovich vs S G Lebedev  ½-½421956Moscow Championship qfA37 English, Symmetrical
19. W Luczynowicz vs Z Boleslawski  1-0351956Krynica 1955/56A37 English, Symmetrical
20. Lisitsin vs Averbakh 0-1501956USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
21. Lisitsin vs A Bannik  0-1441956USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
22. I Pogrebissky vs V Shiyanovsky  0-1331956Ukrainian ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
23. Portisch vs J Pogats  ½-½311956Budapest SzikraA37 English, Symmetrical
24. G Badilles vs Barcza  0-1411956Moscow Olympiad qual-4A37 English, Symmetrical
25. Schultz vs W Walz  0-1461956Canadian OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-04  marcus13: Wow 50% of draw seemed that this opening draw a lot.
Feb-14-04  PinkPanther: Well...that's what happens when a position becomes very symmetrical. The Petrov Defense and the 4 Knights Game suffer from the same problem for the same reason.
Feb-14-04  marcus13: Is it really a problem?
Feb-14-04  PinkPanther: For white it is. I don't think players with white (unless black is a much stronger player, or if they're just looking for a half point to secure first in a tournament or something) really wants to settle for a stale draw.
Mar-26-04  tacticsjokerxxx: 5.-Nh6 and black wins.

there is no drawing problem here.

Feb-04-05  jahhaj: Is this the most boring opening in chess?
Feb-04-05  Abaduba: It's probably up there, but don't count out the exchange French and the exchange Slav (70% drawn in some lines)

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