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50 English Opening Miniatures (A17)

50 English Opening Miniatures (A17)

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Here are 50 chess shorts from masters' games that begin with the English opening (ECO A17). Critical positions are highlighted with a diagram.
Here are 50 chess shorts from masters' games that begin with the English opening (ECO A17). Critical positions are highlighted with a diagram.

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The English Opening (ECO A17) begins with1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6and commonly continues with 3.Nf3 Bb4 and4.a3, 4.Qb3, 4.g3 or Qc2. Its a favorite of Korchnoi, Smejkal and Kramnik as White andRomanishin, Korchnoi and Kholmov as Black.Here is a collection of 50 A17 miniaturesbetween two masters:Alexandre Kretchetov (RUS) 2391 - VaruzhanAkobian (USA) 2619, Internet, 10/ 4/20101.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.a3 Ba56.b4 cxb4 7.Nb5 O-O 8.axb4 Bxb4 9.Rxa7 Rxa710.Nxa7 Qa5 11.Nb5 d5 12.Nbd4 Bd7 13.cxd513Rc8 14.Qb2 Qc7 15.Nb3 Ba4 16.Nfd4 e517.Qa1 b5 0-1Boris Golubovic (CRO) 2406 - Tomislav Drmic(CRO) 2302, Sibenik, 9/11/20101.c4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.a3 Ba56.e3 Nc6 7.d4 d6 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O a6 10.b3 Qe711.Bb2 Rb8 12.Rfd1 Bd7 13.Rab1 Rfc8 14.dxc5dxc5 15.Ng5 h6 16.Nce4 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bc7
 
18.Bf6 Qe8 ( 18...gxf6 19.Rxd7 ) 19.Nxc5 1-0Olga Stjazhkina (RUS) 2273 - Baira Kovanova(RUS) 2376, St. Petersburg, 8/28/20101.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 b6 4.e4 d6 5.d4 Bb76.Bd3 c5 7.O-O cxd4 8.Nxd4 Be7 9.b3 O-O10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Bc2 Nb4 12.Bb1 Rc8 13.Kh1 Qd714.f4 Rfd8 15.a3 Nc6 16.Nxc6 Bxc6 17.Qd3 Qb718.Bc2 g6 19.Rae1 d5 20.cxd5 exd5 21.e522d4 22.exf6 dxc3 23.Rxe7 Rxd3 24.Rxb7 Rd225.Rd1 Bxb7 26.Rxd2 cxd2 27.Bd1 Rc1 0-1Denis Kovalev (UKR) 2451 - Timofey Iljin (UKR)2397, Alushta, 9/??/20091.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3Bxc3 6.Qxc3 b6 7.b4 Bb7 8.Bb2 c5 9.e3 d610.Be2 Nbd7 11.O-O e5 12.d4 Re8 13.dxe5 dxe514.Rfd1 Qc7 15.b5 a5 16.Nh4 Be4 17.f3 Bg618.Rd2 Nf8 19.Rad1 h6 20.g4 Bh7 21.Ng2 Re622.h4 Rae8 23.Kf2 Kh824.g5 Ng8 25.Nf4 Ng6 26.Nxe6 Rxe6 27.Rd7Qb8 28.Rd8 1-0Felix Stips (ITA) 2240 - Andrey Grekh (UKR)2353, Lvov, 8/ 4/20091.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 b6 4.e4 d6 5.d4 Bb76.Bd3 Be7 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Qc2 e5 9.d5 Nh510.Be3 g5 11.g3 Rg8 12.Kh1 g4 13.Ne1 Bg514.Ng2 Qf6 15.Be2 Qh6 16.Bxg4 Ndf6 17.Bf5Bc8 18.Qd2 Bxf5 19.exf5
 
19Ng4 20.Bxg5 Nxg3+ 0-1Boris Savchenko (RUS) 2650 - Oleg Nikolenko(RUS) 2533, Moscow, 4/24/20091.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.g3 O-O 5.Bg2 d56.a3 Bxc3 7.dxc3 Nbd7 8.cxd5 exd5 9.O-O Nb610.Qc2 Re8 11.a4 a5 12.Bf4 Nc4 13.Rad1 Nd614.Rfe1 Bf5 15.Qb3 Ra6 16.Nd4 Rb6 17.Qa2 Be418.Bf1 c5 19.Nb3 Nc4 20.Nxc5 Rxb2 21.Qa1 Qb622.Rd4 Qxc5 23.Rxc4 dxc4 24.Qxb224Ng4 25.e3 g5 26.h3 Nf6 27.Bxg5 Qxg528.Qb6 Qf5 29.f4 Bc6 0-1Martin Mrva (SVK) 2467 - Rafe Martyn (ENG)2293, Beijing, 10/16/20081.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qb3 c5 5.a3 Ba56.g3 Nc6 7.Bg2 d5 8.O-O O-O 9.d3 h6 10.Na4Qe7 11.Qc2 d4 12.e4 e5 13.Nh4 Bc7 14.Bd2 Bd615.b4 b6 16.b5 Nb8 17.f4 Ng4 18.Nf5 Qc719.Qd1 Nf6 20.Nxd6 Qxd621.fxe5 Qxe5 22.Bf4 Qe7 23.e5 Bb7 24.exf6 gxf625.Bxh6 f5 26.Bxb7 Qxb7 27.Qh5 f6 28.Qg6+Kh8 29.Bxf8 1-0Sebastian Bogner (GER) 2448 - Anthony Wirig(FRA) 2458, Mulhouse, 6/29/20081.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d6 5.a3 Bxc36.Qxc3 e5 7.b4 O-O 8.Bb2 Re8 9.d3 a5 10.g3axb4 11.axb4 Rxa1+ 12.Bxa1 b5 13.cxb5 Bd714.Bg2 Bxb5 15.O-O Na6 16.Rb1 Qd7 17.Nd2 d518.e3 Qd6 19.Rb3 c6 20.Bh3 Nd7 21.Nb1 Nc722.Ra3 Nf6 23.Nd2 h6 24.Nf3 d4 25.exd4 e426.dxe4 Nxe4 27.Qb2

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