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Chess Openings - English Opening 1...Nf6
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English Opening 1...Nf6

1.c4 Nf6

If White plays 2.d4, the opening transposes immediately into the Indian defenses.

Example line 1

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 O-O

Both White and Black can fianchetto one or both Bishops.

Example line 2

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2

Here Black must decide how to protect the Knight.

Example line 3

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4

Black may play ...Bb4 in many lines.

Example line 4

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 Ng8

Here Black has lost two tempi with the Knight, but the White Pawn on e5 is vulnerable.

Example game(s)

1942 Netherlands Van den Hoek - Euwe M. A15
1953 Switzerland Petrosian T. - Szabo L. A34

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