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GM Davorin Kuljasevic - The Importance of Modern Middlegame Tabiyas - Video 12

Opening: A37: English Opening: Symmetrical 1...c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3

Player(s): Gledura, Grandelius, Meier, Heinemann, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Giri, Ding Liren

1.c4 c5 Symmetrical variation is a very popular way to meet the English opening. It often leads to centrally balanced yet complex middlegame battles. Black's best development plan is ...Nc6 and ...g6, ...Bg7 in order to fight for the control of the important central d4-square. 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 In response, Black usually develops his knight to e7 rather than f6, where it would obstruct the Bg7. In this chapter, we will examine a middlegame tabiya that arises when Black plays the ambitious 5...e5, which virtually prevents White's d4-break altogether. Naturally, the main downside of this move is that leaves the d5-square weakened. Having the first-move advantage, White typically tries to utilize this slight weakening to take a positional initiative in the middlegame. After the following standard moves: 6.a3 Nge7 7.Rb1 0-0 8.d3 a5 9.0-0 d6 we have reached an important middlegame tabiya of the symmetrical English, with over 2000 recorded games to its account. Download HERE the PGN file with the games.

Teacher's library (36) A37 Gledura Grandelius Meier Heinemann Vachier-Lagrave Svidler Giri Ding Liren midgame

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