[January 17, 2018] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
English Opening, Two Knights Variation – Fianchetto Lines

[Line 036 : 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 without 3. d4, 3. Nc3]

Since 3. Nc3 is covered in our Line 037 and 3. d4 transposes to King’s Knight Variation, Line 036 mostly deals with the Fianchetto Lines, starting with 3. g3.

On many occasions, if White plays d2-d4, Line 036 can transpose to the King’s Indian or the Grünfeld Defense. Otherwise, White usually opts for d2-d3, followed by Rb1 and the b2-b4 advance. In the English Opening black knight is already on c6 (which is covered in our Lines 007-008), but here Black can at some point push his pawn to c6, which typically leads to very flexible set-ups.

[Diagram: White to Move] This preview brings a position from W. Spoelman – A. Giri, Eindhoven 2010. White missed a way to get a strong initiative. Can you do better?

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