The English Opening is one of the most flexible and dynamic ways for White to begin the game, and it is no accident that it features in the repertoires of many leading grandmasters, including World Champion Garry Kasparov. The Latvian grandmaster Vladimir Bagirov has worked through an immense amount of practical material to produce a thoroughly professional and up-to-date guide to the most topical variations of this popular opening. This volume covers all defences where Black answers 1.c4 with the symmetrical 1...c5.
The English Opening is a popular choice, from club level all the way through to world champions. Its flexibility allows players to choose from a number of different set-ups – positional or aggressive, classical or hypermodern. It also appeals to those who prefer learning opening ideas to memorizing reams of theory. In this book, Steve Giddins invites you to join him in studying the English and its many variations. He examines instructive games, covers the most important lines and provides answers to all the key questions.