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English Opening

One could say that after 1.e4 and 1.d4 the English is the most logical starting move. Therefore the English still is one of the most popular openings for white. With this flank opening - containing 1. c4 (or at least a early c4) - the white player fights for the centre. The English both is a flexible and a reliable opening, usually characterised by positional ideas and a battle for the centre. The English could well be transposing to other openings, like for example a Sicilian with reversed colours after 1...e5. There many reasons to play the English. One can choose it to broaden the repertoire or to avoid long theoretical lines, which usually occur after 1.e4 or 1.d4 . White can choose several set-ups, which on general suit the more strategic player. With the English on your repertoire you're in good company; lots of great past and present champions played this opening, like Mikhail Botvinnik, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen. Several well known chess players and authors wrote books on this opening, e.g. Anatoly Karpov, Mihail Marin, Alexander Khalifman and Simon Williams.



Grandmaster Repertoire 4: The English Opening - Mihail Marin
2010 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 4: The English Opening-Mihail Marin

Volume two of this three-volume series covers most theoretical lines, expect for 1. c4 e5 and 1. c4 c5, you’ll find in the other two volumes. There many answers possible against 1. c4: e.g. 1… Nf6, 1… e6, 1… c6, 1… g6, 1… f5, and 1… b6. Marin takes a careful look at all these black options and gives specific advice to the 1. c4-player how to handle those. With the help of clear diagrams, bright variations and easy to remember ideas, the moves should come natural after studying this book.
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Grandmaster Repertoire 5: The English Opening - Mihail Marin
2010 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 5: The English Opening-Mihail Marin

Volume three of this three-volume series covers all theoretical lines after 1. c4 c5. This so called Symmetrical English is maybe the most principle black reply. It can lead to highly symmetrical positions and strategic nuances. This set-up normally involves short-side castling for both sides, fianchettoing the kingside bishop, fights over space, and sometimes expanding with the f-pawn or pawn play in the centre.
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Grandmaster Repertoire 3 - The English Opening Vol. 1 - Mihail Marin
2009 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 3 - The English Opening Vol. 1-Mihail Marin

Volume one of this three-volume series covers theoretical lines after 1. c4 e5. This is considered the main move and maybe also the most logical one, fighting directly for the centre. Are you now playing a Sicilian with white, with colours reversed and up a tempo? This might sometimes be the case, as Marin explains clearly. In most variations however the English has its proper theory, being the poplar opening it is for the last decades.
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The Complete Hedgehog, Volume 1 - Sergey Shipov
2009 Mongoose Press The Complete Hedgehog, Volume 1-Sergey Shipov

The Hedgehog refers to a pawn structure with the black pawns arranged on the 6th rank. With their short, strong spines - controlling the 5th rank - one could imagine why this set up is called the Hedgehog. Normally both colours have quit some time to arrange their pieces in the best possible manner to prepare for a clash in the centre or on the queens side. White has a space advantage, black normally chooses where and when the essential pawn break occurs. The first volume focuses on the Hedgehog reached via 1.Nf3 and 1.c4.
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Opening Repertoire: The English (everyman Chess) - David Cummings
2017 Everyman Chess Opening Repertoire: The English (everyman Chess)-David Cummings

The English attracts players that like thematic or system-based play, much more than ‘move-by-move’-theory often seen in many other openings. That being said, the English also contains it’s fair part of theory, traps, and transpositions. Playing 1.c4 means your opponent usually comes less prepared than with 1.d4 and 1.e4, and often your opponent has to find moves of his own. Cummings looks for lines that fight for the centre and where grabbing space is allowed.
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The Complete Hedgehog, Vol. 2 - Sergey Shipov
2011 Mongoose Press The Complete Hedgehog, Vol. 2-Sergey Shipov

In Volume 2 Sergey Shipov completes his work on the Hedgehog. The two volumes together contain over 1000 pages, telling you the word ‘complete’ in the title is no exaggeration. This book focuses on the Hedgehog after the starting moves 1.e4 and 1.d4. Shipov shows the ins and outs of The Sämisch Manoeuvre, Fischer’s Plan, a bishop on the b1-h7 diagonal, and The Queen’s Indian Hedgehog. The Hedgehog refers to a structure with the black pawns arranged on the 6th rank.
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English Opening A10-39: 676 Characteristic Chess Puzzles - Bill Harvey
2017 Independent English Opening A10-39: 676 Characteristic Chess Puzzles-Bill Harvey

Even an opening that has the name of being strategical and quite, tactical motifs play a big part in the first stage. To become a master in grasping the English, these tactical chances should be taken and mistakes should be avoided. The puzzles in this collection are culled from more than thousand games that lasted 20 moves or shorter. These games all contain one winning move at a certain point, that either wins decisive material or even better, mates in just a few moves.
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The Full English Opening: Mastering The Fundamentals - Carsten Hansen
2018 New In Chess The Full English Opening: Mastering The Fundamentals-Carsten Hansen

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The English: Move By Move - Steve Giddins
2012 Everyman Chess The English: Move By Move-Steve Giddins

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English Defence - Daniel King
1999 Everyman Chess English Defence-Daniel King

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Chess Explained: The English Opening - Zenon Franco
2006 Gambit Publications Chess Explained: The English Opening-Zenon Franco

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The Hedgehog - Sergey Kasparov
2017 Everyman Chess The Hedgehog-Sergey Kasparov

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Starting Out: The English (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Neil Mcdonald
2003 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The English (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Neil Mcdonald

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Play The English: An Active Chess Opening Repertoire For White (everyman Chess) - Craig Pritchett
2008 Everyman Chess Play The English: An Active Chess Opening Repertoire For White (everyman Chess)-Craig Pritchett

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English Opening: Classical & Indian - Everyman Chess
1994 Everyman Chess English Opening: Classical & Indian-Everyman Chess

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English ...e5: The Reversed Sicilian Lines - Maxim Chetverik, Alexander Der Raetsky
2003 Everyman Chess English ...e5: The Reversed Sicilian Lines-Maxim Chetverik Alexander Der Raetsky

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English: 1...p-k4 - John Watson
2004 Hardinge English: 1...p-k4-John Watson

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English: 1...p-qb4 - John Watson
2004 Hardinge English: 1...p-qb4-John Watson

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Symmetrical English: 1...c5 - John Watson
2004 Hardinge Symmetrical English: 1...c5-John Watson

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English Opening: Playing 2. D4 Against The Myers' Defence: 1. C4 G5 2. D4 - David Robert Lonsdale
2017 Independently English Opening: Playing 2. D4 Against The Myers' Defence: 1. C4 G5 2. D4-David Robert Lonsdale

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English: Franco, Slav And Flank Defences - John Watson
2004 Hardinge English: Franco, Slav And Flank Defences-John Watson

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English: 1...n-kb3 Systems - John Watson
2004 Hardinge English: 1...n-kb3 Systems-John Watson

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