The Symmetrical English – by GM Branko Tadić


In this database, you can discover a solution to a perpetual challenge that Black faces in the English Opening. As Black, when dealing with positions featuring a fianchettoed bishop on g2, it’s often advantageous to exchange the light-squared bishops. In the symmetrical setup, Black can quickly maneuver the queen along the fifth rank to the kingside and initiate the exchange of bishops via h3. While White has three equally viable continuations at their disposal, Black manages to achieve a satisfactory game in each of them. This resource is tailored for Black players and is aimed at assisting chess enthusiasts of all levels in mastering the intricacies of the Symmetrical English, providing insights into different lines and strategies.