Chess Opening Theory/1. c4/1...c5/2. Nf3

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English Opening - Symmetrical Variation
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 - Symmetrical Variation[edit]

2. Nf3[edit]

Main line symmetrical. The idea in this variation is to achieve the pawn break on d4 for white. Black on the other hand might calmly accept the pawn exchange and develop comfortably, with the ideal of pinning and destroying the white knight on c3.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3
2 3 4 5
Nf3
Nf6
d4
cxd4
Nxd4
e6
Nc3
Nc6
=
...
Nc6
Nc3
Nf6
g3
Bb4
Bg2
O-O
+=
...
g6



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References[edit]

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