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Hi and welcome to this month's flank openings update!
This month I decided to do something different... to look at my games for once. (I do have a big ego.) I've decided to deeply analyse my games in the English from the summer tournaments I've just played, and give the readers the conclusions I've drawn from these games, particularly in the opening. I've also looked at a few related games and persuaded Tony Kosten to analyse his English Opening games from the 100th British Championship.

Download PGN of August '13 Flank Openings games

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Anti-Grünfeld/KID [A16/E94]

The first game we start with is Howell, D - Gormally, D, featuring an Anti-Grünfeld that transposes to a sort of KID.

I played inaccurately in the opening with 8..Re8?!, forcing a move that White wanted to play in any case, when 8..d6!:

instead should have been played, with the idea of bringing the knight around from f6 to c5, and then freeing the Black position with ...f5. Later on I missed a nice idea with ...Nh5, with a possibility of forcing a perpetual check, and then I was completely outplayed.

Four Knights 4 g3 Bc5 [A29]

Another very interesting game was Jones, G - Gormally, D, where one of the main lines of the English was discussed, the Four Knights with 4...Bc5, a favourite of Karpov. It is my belief that Black is more than ok in the line that occurred in the game, and probably I should have played 10...Bf5!:

As played by Tomashevsky, after which Black has very nice chances. In the game I played slightly worse and had to suffer a little.

I decided to add another game in this line to consider 7 d3 (instead of the 7 e3 and 8 d4 played by Gawain), Flores,D-Vallejo Pons,F, played just a few days ago in the World Cup.

Four Knights 4 g3 Nd4 [A29]

A game which was really a nice result for me over the summer was the game Gormally, D - Gretarsson, H as I beat a very promising, up and coming player. A rare result for a 'past it' gm like myself.

That game also featured a hot theoretical debate where we saw the line with 4...Nd4!?:

Where Black tries to exchange pieces to take the sting out of the position. As I explain in my notes, instead of the usual 7.Qb3 (which I've also examined in the sharp game Williams,S-Van Kampen,R) or my 7.0-0, I like the possibility of 7.d4!:

Where I think White has very good chances. This is rather similar to what happened in the game, although I missed a chance to gain an advantage in the opening.

2...Bb4 [A21]

A line that has gone out of fashion these last twenty years, but still gets played from time-to-time, is 3 Qb3, attacking the bishop and avoiding doubled pawns:

I (TK) played it against Ivan Sokolov in our match in 1992, but soon realised that Black gets easy play with straightforward development. So it was a slight surprise to see Moro play this a couple of days ago (although this was a quick game), I guess he just wanted to play some chess, see Morozevich, A - Vitiugov, N.

Pure Symmetric 5 Nf3 d6 [A31]

After seeing Danny's summer of English Openings I (Tony Kosten) thought I might as well do the same, and annotate all 3 of mine from the British Championships. The main game features the unusual Pure Symmetric line 1 c4 c5 2 g3 g6 3 Bg2 Bg7 4 Nc3 Nc6 5 Nf3 d6 6 O-O and now 6...Bf5!?:

I'd never seen this move before, but it is not bad at all, see Kosten, A - Gordon, S (my other two games, both Botvinnik Systems, are in the notes).

Anyway I hope you enjoy this report and I modestly hope it improves your understanding of the English! Danny.

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