Chess Opening Theory/1. Nf3/1...Nf6/2. c4

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English Opening
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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English Opening[edit]

2. c4[edit]

2. c4 is a very common move in the English Opening, competing for the d5 square. It is also very flexible, allowing white to transpose into Queen's Pawn openings with a later d4 move or various lines in the English Opening (1.c4).

This position is also often reached with the move order 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4

2
English Opening Kings Indian Formation ...
g6
d4
 
=
English Opening ...
c5
=
English Opening ...
c6
=
English Opening ...
b6
=
Reti System ...
e6
d4
 
=
Nimzo-Indian Defence Kasparov Variation ...
e6
d4
Bb4
Nc3
 
=
...
Nc6
=
...
d5
d4
 
=

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.