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Chess Openings - English Opening 1...e5
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English Opening 1...e5

1.c4 e5

This line is also known as the Sicilian Reversed. Although a move ahead of the Sicilian Defense, White has difficulty converting this into a concrete advantage.

Example line 1

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Bb4 4.Bg2 O-O

Black can develop the Bishop on the a3-f8 diagonal.

Example line 2

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7

Black can fianchetto the King's Bishop.

Example line 3

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O e4

Can the Pawn on e4 be defended successfully?

For more about the 1...e5 variations, see Opening Tutorial : English - 1...e5 (offsite).

Example game(s)

1940 Leningrad Botvinnik M. - Ragozin V. A28
1938 Amsterdam Botvinnik M. - Reshevsky S. A25

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