2016-02-17 - Update Line 054[September 28, 2017] Updated Opening Line from GM Dragan Paunović:
English Defense

[Line 054 : 1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6]

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In English Defense Black allows White to form a strong pawn center, so he could attack it with his pieces. Apart from the most principal 3. e4, there are less ambitious but safer 3. a3, 3. Nc3 and 3. Nf3, as well as some rare sidelines.

If White aspires to get advantage out of the opening, he needs to play some very precise moves. He also has to be ready for forced lines, like the ones occurring after 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 f5.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black’s minor pieces are attacking the d5-pawn, and if White captures on c6, his opponent will quickly develop the remaining forces. Therefore, White’s best choice is to sacrifice some material and postpone Black’s development…

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