English Opening 1.c4 – Ideas for 3 Typical Responses of Black

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linebreakToday we are going to learn about a chess opening for White – the English Opening; it starts with the first move 1.c4. If you are that kind of player who doesn’t like memorizing a bunch of theoretical variations and theory moves until move 20, then the English Opening is the one you are looking for.

Another advantage of this opening is that your opponents don’t see it as often as the popular chess openings that arise after the familiar 1.d4 or 1.e4. That gives you an edge because they will be surprised by this opening and might not be prepared for it.

In the following video lesson, the RCA guest coach FM Coto Mederos will explain to you the 3 most common responses of Black after 1.c4. They are: 1…e5, the symmetrical 1…c5, and finally 1…Nf6 followed by the fianchetto setup like the Indian defense.


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  1. At first, I thought English opening is not a good opening because it violates the opening principle according to GM Igor Smirnov when I purchase some of your opening courses. I’m very confused. Why are you saying I can use English opening sometimes even it’s not a good opening according to you?

    1. English opening does violate opening principles since in the first move the pawn does not necessary central square. So Igor recommends playing e4 or d4 opening for absolute beginners so they can develop according to the opening principles. English opening is still a good opening at higher levels.

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