Welcome to my  English Opening games page!

On this page I display links to my chess games in which I played either side of the English Opening.

The games include analysis and diagrams. I will place the actual games on separate pages listed by the opponent played.

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I often get the English opening by transposition from Benko’s Opening and the Réti Opening. The English Opening usually starts with 1. c4 and is followed by Nc3, g3, Bg2 and 0-0. White has a choice of playing the Knight on g1 to either e2 or f3. I tend to play e4 and then Nge2. The English Opening often transposes into a reversed Sicilian Defense or a Reversed Benoni Defense depending on what Black does. For me, my ideal English Opening would go something like this: 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Be7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 Bd7 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3

English Opening after 8. d3

English Opening after 8. d3

I was originally taught this setup by USCF Life Master Tom Stiers and almost everyone in the Tampa Bay area calls it Tom’s English. The correct name for this is the Botvinnik System. Play for White usually continues with White playing h3, f4, g4, Be3 and Nd5, but not necessarily in that order. White usually attacks along the f file and sometimes takes advantage of a pinned Knight on f6 or a trapped Bishop on e6. I am still looking for some of my old games in which I successfully played this system as White and will post those games here when I find them. In the video below the instructor (JROBI) explores the English Opening book lines, along with possible variations.

Check back here often for more games in the English Opening.

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