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The English Defence

320 pages, paperback, Everyman, 1. edition 2023

From the series »opening repertoire«

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The English Defence (1 d4 e6 2 c4 b6) is a dynamic, counter-attacking line, initially investigated by English grandmasters. Black aims to set White difficult problems to solve at the very earliest stage of the game. Black’s play is provocative – aiming to lure White into establishing a big pawn centre. This is a risky strategy as White falls behind in development and Black switfly becomes very active. However, if White’s response is more circumspect then Black can often manoeuvre into favourable structures reminiscent of positions arising from the Nimzo-Indian Defence, the Queen’s Indian Defence or even the Dutch.
José González provides an excellent analysis of this complex opening and carves out a powerful repertoire for Black covering all lines after 1 d4. It is possible for White to avoid the "English battle" by playing either 2 Nf3 or even 2 e4 (a rare move for 1 d4 players but seen occasionally). Gonzalez champions an aggressive variant of the Dutch against 2 Nf3 and outlines a simple but effective French Defence repertoire to counter 2 e4.

- A complete repertoire for Black to counter 1 d4
- The question and answer approach provides an excellent study method

José González is a grandmaster and a FIDE Trainer. He has been teaching chess for over 25 years and currently coaches some of the top junior players in Catalonia. He is the author of many articles written in Spanish and has created various theoretical works including a Chessable course on the Queen’s Gambit Accepted.
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EAN 9781781947043
Weight 550 g
Manufacturer Everyman
Width 17 cm
Height 24 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2023
Author Jose Gonzalez
Series opening repertoire
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9781781947043
Pages 320
Binding paperback
003 About the Author
006 Introduction
The English Defence
015 1) The Main Tabiya
079 2) The Modern Move Order
117 3) The Positional Main Line
139 4) The Nimzo-Indian Connection
165 5) The Queen’s Indian Connection
183 6) The English Defence Versus the English
215 7) Rapport’s Dutch
235 8) Other Second Moves
251 Easy Guide to the French Defence
252 9) The Fort Knox Variation
277 10) The Advance Variation
298 11) The Exchange Variation and 3 Bd3
310 Index of Variations
318 Index of Complete Games