A SIMPLE System To Beat The English Opening

This is a surprising response as black to the English Opening that will surprise your opponents.

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141 Comments

  1. Heh. I play the English but I already play 2. g3 because I first learned the opening by studying The Dynamic English by Kosten, and that's the move order he advocates. It's a good book to pick up the opening, so I'm surprised more people don't play that order.

  2. yea im an english only player as white. i literally wouldnt care versing this. while it is true that the dark squared bishop isnt useless, even compared the light squared monster in g2 systems, it has a role. and this plan sure stops it in the opening but the english loves creating positional lines, manuevering, and breaking for an advantage. committing to one colour squares like that is just asking to be blitzed open in the middle game. the dark bishop will have its time

  3. I played against it a few times, and I wouldn't take the bishop with the d pawn. My plan would be taking the full center with b takes and d4, imediatly trading the doubled pawn and getting a nice open file for my rook.

  4. This is perfect! I've been building my opening repertoire and I didn't yet have one against the English. This looks great!

  5. As an English myself, player just remember for most of the opening your basically playing up a bishop

  6. Iโ€™ve always had a terrible time against the English. This is really nice! Thanks!

  7. I can't believe you have done this. I just finished learning the English Opening and then this pops in my feed. Now I have to learn something else

  8. 8:21 What happens if white plays D6 shuting down our bishop for a while? That pawn would be complicated to capture

  9. Its very interesting to see this system that blocks all black squares and trades the darksquare bishop. Now I understand much better the simple idea of the dark or white square strategy. I used to play the stonewall system against d4. And the idea is the same but you trade the lightsquare bishop and all pawns are on the light squares. Many of the threats or tactics to be aware are the same as here. Unfortunately stonewall system is pretty lame and isn't good for ratings above 1200 FIDE. It's good though if you are super GM.

  10. I don't have to take back the black bishop with the queen pawn. That's the mistake. Because you can't attack the center. I will take bishop back with B pawn and strick at e5 asap. Make sure the game is open with the early bishop pair. And I won't allow the white bishop to trade me off that easy Thanks for this.

  11. Beware of 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 Ba5?! Whilst you explain it nicely, you are missing a very tough sting here, which is 4.b4! (actually good) c6 5.bxa5 cxd5 6.cxd5 Nf6 7.Qa4! +/- Not pretty. 7….Nxd5 is met by 8.Qe4 and White will usually follow with e4 otherwise. From here, White gets a result 85% of the time; a 15% win rate is not really something you'd prefer as a counter system.

    Surprisingly enough, a move that's tough to crack is 3….Be7! Whilst silly, White just moved his queen knight twice, we moved our dark squared bishop twice. Trading is still in Black's favor for the same reasons as the Kramnik-Shirov system is known for (3.g3? Bxc3 etc as described), and Black can just develop instead.

  12. I am an English g3 on the second move am safe lol

  13. nice info ! However, after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 black can play Be7 among 5 other moves (Na6, a5, Bc5, Bd6, Nc6) which are all better than your suggested Ba5 : SF 15 NN gives Be7 +0.2 and Ba5 +0.80 .. or do you think for a human the Black position after Ba5 is easy to play ?

  14. It reminds me of a reverse trompowsky haha

  15. Do you call it quick win?!?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  16. The move you can go also is N to c2 attacking the bishop and the sacrifice the knigh on e3 forking the king and the queen so he has to take with the f pawn and then you take the rock with the rock and continue your attack that is ofcourse if the queen couldn't be trapped

  17. For whatever reason, I've started seeing a lot of English. This vid might just have saved my poor apartment from all the coffee cups flying about.

  18. I like this approach, but what about 4. bxc3? This seems like what most people would play, capture the bishop towards the center. This seems more likely, so how would that affect the rest of the setup?

  19. clever moves here- puts white's bishop out of the way! well done!

  20. So by putting all your pawns on the dark squares aren't you just making their white square bishop exceedingly more powerful?

  21. This helps me a lot. I donโ€˜ want to study too much theory precisely on the English opening. Also English players donโ€˜t usually mess with kingside attacks, I believe. I will go with it for now, thx!

  22. Ohello! What if i go for Qc2 instead of getting dubble pawn

  23. Love it, my mate plays the english loves the predictable set up slowness and position so this will help me no end. Does it have a name? Many thanks.

  24. I hate locked pawn structures, but I hate losing even more – when my opponent has a lot of English preparation. Thanks for this video.

  25. Really great explanation, especially the strategy behind black's defense!

  26. I just go 1.c4 e4 2.a3 and it counters this

  27. On move three, whatโ€™s the strategy for black if white plays e4 instead of g2?

  28. I think this is very knowledgeable. The reason I play the English is that it cuts down 90% familiarity from opposing players. I'm so used to seeing d4 and e4, but c4 is far less common. Regardless, thanks for the vid!

  29. What the heck was white doing spending 4 moves to exchange his kingside knight on the queenside, while youโ€™re creating a massive kingside attack????? Utterly bewildering

  30. Almost everyone plays 4.bxc6 instead of 4.dxc6. Does that change our strategy?

  31. The take back of the bishop after it takes the knight on C3 is usually with the B pawn though not D pawn

  32. What if somebody plays a3 not allowing the trade of bishop and knight

  33. if they push the pawn to a6 after they take the bishop doesn't that mess with our pawn structure… like a lot

  34. I just played my 1st game with your system and outclassed my opponent, his dark-squared bishop was just a blob the whole game. First class video, I'm a believer and a subscriber now). Thanks from a Brit in Germany. ๐Ÿ˜

  35. Regards to one person that I just played English opening: Reversed Sicilian variation or something like this and Im probably gonna win I have advantage of 2 pawns for now

  36. As an exclusive English player for white, I usually play that "tricky" knight move for that line (despite Stockfish not being the biggest fan), and I can confirm it can become fairly annoying to play when black responds correctly. It's a good response for Black.

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