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nathanman22 ♡ 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Question about c4. I have began to work with a c4 opening....I've heard it's known as the English opening. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this opening? I looked at a game where Fischer used it to beat Spassky...and it caught my interest. I've been told I need to learn more openings to improve my game, so I decided to study this one some. Let me know if you have any advice on this opening or thoughts about it. Thank you.

tim_b ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
c4, e5, Nc3. Hi Nathanman22 , maybe I've been lucky so far, but it's never troubled me as black despite not knowing anything about it. I would feel very comfortable playing the Kramnik-Shirov counterattack (Bb4.)


ionadowman ♡ 138 ( +1 | -1 )
The English Opening... ... was my stock opening from age 20 until I quit OTB chess - and I had good success with it. I used to play 1.c4 2.Nc3 3.g3 against just about anything, but had no objection to transpositions into King's Indians, Benonis, Sicilians (Maroczy Bind!) which tended to suit me. One thing to avoid though, is getting into a reversed Sicilian after 1.c4 e5. Though I can't explain it - one more "au fait" with theory would help here - I find that the extra tempo White has in this line is a liability, forcing one to play moves slightly before the ideal moment. I have had one disaster on GK due to this cause (vs master999: not helped by a misjudgement just out of the opening).
One transposition I did tend to avoid was that into the Grunfeld, but that was due to my lack of knowledge in that line. Instead I tried 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4, which is fine. In the past, the 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 kind of line didn't bother me, but I have had one bad experience with it on GK (vs agmac I think), where my record with the English hasn't been quite so wonderful.
The whole line is intended to attack on the Q-side - a very strategic sort of game, though don't underestimate its capacity for tactics! Many people consider it boring. Don't believe them. They won't like facing it.