The Botvinnik system in the English opening comes after the following move order: 1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3 Bg7 2 5.e4. A26 – English, Botvinnik system: 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. e4. Search the chess games database, download games, view frequent. Starting with the classic Botvinnik-Spassky, Leiden , the author describes this universally employable setup in 7 videos (+ intro and conclusion).

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I immediately realised botvinnki it wasn’t such a natural thing to do, because the damn thing is so diffuse and complex. It is known that the significance of a single tempo, and thus the significance of development, is greatest in open positions.

In closed positions it plays almost no role. Consequently, it would botivnnik to be in White’s interest to open the game without loss of tempo, of course.

How can this be achieved? Most likely by exposing and attacking the opponent’s strong points. One would expect Black’s strongest point in the center to be d5 since, unlike e5, it has natural protection by the queen. Therefore, the ideal initial move is 1.

Should Black support d5 by l Nf6, then White reinforces the attack by 2. Let’s assume that Black answers This weakens d5 and reveals his intention of building his position around e5 by such moves as Now White need not continue attacking d5, which Black abandoned without a fight, by 3.

Rather, following the logic given above, White should strike the new bastion e5 by 3. Nf3 and in reply to It’s not much played any more but may be worth a punt now and then ; we are more likely to see sgstem same idea of playing for a central break and development advantage in a different setting in the English:.

Black has apparently posted his bovtinnik and Pawns with classical purity, but gets rapidly squashed. Ssytem threat Rh3 The light squares like d3 in the Staunton system are sysem so very weak because Black cannot occupy or fix the Pawns. The most obvious way to try is to get a Pawn to e4, but this cannot be sustained:.

I was able to implement these ideas many years ago against Bob Richmond, when after 1. Black’s centre is under pressure.

The Botvinnik System in the English opening

See also the Keres system, B5a below. This Staunton approach can lead to some interesting and finely balanced positions. I once got into a real mess against Richard Nash of Barnstable playing this approach This is why the English is such a fine opening: I think this is the best approach for beginners.

Of the others xystem most important is Nf3 d5 I don’t often play 3. It’s not easy for Black to get organised without either taking on a space disadvantage, or going for more space but exposing their centre to attack.

It’s a solid enough line but a little difficult to handle, and I would push club players and juniors towards more active and counter-attacking lines. The choice that each player has over their set-up reminds me of the old Arabic version of chess, where pre-determined formations mansubat could be chosen separately by either side. Provided Black is not too ambitious, this can’t be a bad idea, but if you know how important a tempo can be to Black in the normal Open Sicilian, it’s a good arena in which White can play for a win.


Of course, if Black is hoping to equalise first rather than play for an ambitious centre, the systems with The usual bids to retain separate lines of play involve. In this position White has tried many plans: Queen’s-side attack with 5. Rb1, Staunton system with 5. Fischer often practiced the Staunton system as Black:. One of the most popular modern systems for Black is the Hedgehog: White’s Pawn formation seems to be well-placed to counter these plans, and indeed it is – this is what gives the Maroczy Bind its teeth – but it does not sit totally comfortably with the Bishop on g3.

English Opening, Botvinnik System –

On d3 it would inhibit That subtle player Smyslov developed a system 1. Nc6 d6 which seeks a useful early development of the other Bishop with The equivalent fundamental positions of the King’s English occur after:.

Again Systrm has a choice of systems. The Staunton approach has a little more sting here than in the Symmetrical. This is of course similar to the Closed Sicilian This rich position has many possibilities for each side.

We have seen 4. This is quite a good system with which to reach an equal position, but when it had been analysed to death by other GMs I became bored with it and adopted a different system using my own move order. The play has some delicate features I don’t fully understand There are several interesting early deviations by Black after 1. Bh3 was Seirawan-Vukic given in Povah’s book: Nc7 is natural; Bxd4, cxd4; 12 Nb5 Qe3 Nf6 Gurevich-Sturua Suba is quite mysterious about ‘potential’.

But as evidence, his book Dynamic Chess Strategy contains many practical examples of bogvinnik Hedgehog Sicilian-style opening against the English 1. White finds it difficult to threaten anything on his own part without allowing Black’s game to unfold suddenly. In Botvinnik commented that the exchange Bxc6 was evidently not good for White in this type of position, but Suetin suspects later he changed his mind.

The Ideas behind the English Opening

At move 11 I was threatening to equalise by Botvinnk caused White difficulties because of his under-development and gave the Black pieces space for active play.

I had to exchange one of White’s Bishops in order to obtain chances of advancing sustem Queen’s-side Pawns and give myself the better chances in the ending. For the moment the position had become unclear. Skip to main content. I don’t like doing so many sessions on Openings, because we all play different ones, but while Rex was asking me about the English it occurred to me that I have played more English Opening games than any other over the last years, but I have never tried to teach anybody about it.

So I sat down and tried to put together this session. The fundamental hypermodern insight is that White can afford to delay occupation of the centre, since if Black tries to take advantage of the botvinik by trying to sieze the centre then White’s counterattack will be swift and effective.

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The Botvinnik System in the English opening

This is most convincingly seen perhaps in the Grunfeld Reversed: Korchnoi – Mecking, Augusta Match Be5 Korchnoi – Pomar, Stockholm, An early break in the centre The hypermodern movement has been most associated with the fianchetto, but Reti’s interpretation of the English was a little different.

Nc3 Nf6 he would play not 3. Nf3and after It’s not much played any more but may be worth a punt now and then ; we are more likely to see the same idea of playing for a central break and development advantage in a different setting in the Btovinnik Kasparov,Gary – Korchnoi, Viktor, Skelleftea, You will remember Chris showing a dozen miniatures from the English Opening in a coaching session last month, when we saw how racy attacks can be obtained even with this apparently slow opening.

Delayed occupation of the centre This is more how we play the English these days. My first experiments with the English opening had a distinguished English pedigree: Howard Staunton often practiced the English with the system 1. The most obvious way to try is to get a Pawn to e4, but this cannot be sustained: I have an old book by Shatskes which quotes an analysis from Botvinnik, and a new book by Ribli and Kallai.

Are two heads better than one? They both identified my mistake but then gave completely opposite advice! One last example of a delayed occupation proving effective EG: The Queen’s-side attack The White set-up bohvinnik g3 can also be seen in Black’s main system in the Closed Sicilian, where a Queen’s-side attack can be pursued, based on the fianchettoed Bishop. Botvinnik system for White This is an gotvinnik system pioneered by Nimzovitch and Botvinnik, conceding an apparently permanent weak point at d4 ssytem gaining a firm grip on the centre and hoping to keep Black’s activity to a minimum while seeking a break with b2-b4 or f2-f4.

I have played this on many occasions and have often won by direct attack on the King’s-side. Perhaps the best advertisement for this system at club level is the fact I always find it difficult to play against, even if I know what’s coming! Williams,SK – Regis,D.

Black found this difficult to play against for years because of lack of prospects for active play, although recently the ‘hedgehog’ formation has proved its resilience. Playing against the English opening. There are three major branches after 1.

There are others, like It depends on what style you prefer to play, and how you like to reply to 1. Nf6 would suit a player who is angling for a version of their favourite Indian defence.

An early break in the centre for Black Black can play Bc4 is a fun line! An early occupation of the centre: