2016-03-14 - Update Line 020[October 14, 2017] Updated Opening Line (originally by GM Dragan Paunović):
English Opening, Symmetrical Variation – Three Knights System

[Line 020 : 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3]

There are three major lines covered in Line 020, and the first one is the highly popular 3… e5 that can lead to very dynamic positions, like in the main line: 3… e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 e4 7. Ne5. After 3… g6 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 d5 a tricky type of the Panov Attack usually occurs. Finally, there is also a not particularly promising line for Black, starting with 3… Nd4.

Moves like 3… Nf6 and 3… e6 lead to positions covered in other opening lines: the former is covered in Line 032, while the latter transposes to Line 033 after 3… e6 4. g3 Nf6.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black has a space advantage and just needs to develop his light-squared Bishop to fortify his position. However, it’s White’s turn to move, and he has an energetic way to seize the initiative!

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