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Scheveningen, English Attack
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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Scheveningen Variation, English Attack[edit]

With 6. Be3, white begins a standard English attack setup. White will play f3, g4, Qd2 and O-O-O in some order, setting up a kingside pawn storm targeted towards black's king. In response, black will play a6 and b5 and set up a pawn attack on the queenside against white's king.

Note that the standard 6...a6 from black transposes into a hybrid Najdorf/Scheveningen, and allows white to begin the Perenyi Attack with 7.g4 if desired.

Theory table[edit]

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

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be3

6 7 8 9
English Attack ...
a6
f3
b5
g4
Bb7
Qd2
Nfd7
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References[edit]

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