Chess Opening Theory/1. c4/1...e5

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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]

1...e5[edit]

This move creates a reverse Sicilian but it's White's move and the aim for White to create an advantage leads generally to different positions. White's choices are now:

  • 2. Nc3 the normal move.
  • 2. g3 many transposition possibilities
  • 2. Nf3 can lead to a reversed Alekhine's Defence of sorts if Black replies with ...e4, with the option of cxd5 if Black tries to advance the d-pawn
  • 2. d4 gives away any advantage

Theory Table[edit]

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

1.c4 e5
2 3 4 5
Nc3
Nc6
g3
g6
Bg2
Bg7
d3
d6
g3
Nf6
Nc3
Bb4
d4

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References[edit]

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