Chess Opening Theory/1. c4/1...c5

English Opening - Symmetrical Variation
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. c4 c5

English Opening - Symmetrical VariationEdit


The Symmetrical Variation. Play varies greatly depending on how white chooses to develop, for instance 2.Nf3 signals that white will try to achieve a favourable break with the d-pawn immediately and black can then try to impede this break and achieve his own immediate d-pawn break. 2.Nc3 on the other hand makes it harder for black to achieve that pawn break and signals white´s intention to develop first and then break the symmetry. For instance common moves for white in this variations include g3,Bg2,e4,Nge2, d3 and o-o( the arising white pawn structure is called the Botvinnik system) with the idea of a pawn break on f4, b4 or even d4. White may also play e3 instead of e4 and once the knight gets to e2 the pawn break on d4 becomes a very attractive possibility.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation..

1.c4 c5
2 3 4 5
Benoni formation Nf3

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  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.