FLANK OPENINGS

This page deals with openings other than 1. e4 or 1. d4. The English Opening (1. c4) is one of the most common openings of this type. 1. Nf3 and 1. f4 have also been seen.

Bird's Opening Leningrad System
Bird’s Opening (1. f4) can be rendered harmless if Black knows what to do. A king fianchetto with the king knight developed at f6 is a good system. A typical line runs 1. f4 d4; 2. Nf3 Nf6; 3. g3 g6; 4. Bg2 Bg7; 5. O-O O-O; 6. d3 c5. Black gets a big advantage on 7. Nbd2 Nc6; 8. e4? Ng4. On 8. c3 d4; Black prevents e4 once and for all. Another option for Black is the From Gambit that runs 1. f4 e5; 2. fe d6; 3. ed Bxd6. Black’s compensation is based on his further advanced development and tactical shots against White’s king. A major drawback is that Black emerges with no center pawns vs. 2 for White. There is some danger that Black could get overrun by a formidable pawn center in the middlegame.

Performance statistics suggest that the English opening (1. c4) is more dangerous for Black than its mirror image. In master games 1. c4 e6 has often been used to reach the Queen’s Gambit Declined or the Dutch Defense. One option available to Black is to play a Sicilian Reversed with 1. ____e5. Also possible is the Symmetrical English with 1.____c5. In all of these lines performance statistics suggest that the English opening is hardly without sting.

The Reti Opening (1. Nf3) has a large number of transposition possibilities as well as some independent lines. Black should take this opening seriously and have something prepared against it.

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ENGLISH OPENING

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The English Move by Move Starting Out: The English The English Opening Zenon Franco

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RETI OPENING

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Easy guide to the Reti Opening Winning With the Reti Opening The Reti - A Flexible Attacking Opening

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OTHER FLANK OPENINGS

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How to Play the From Gambit

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