lag style as it relates to the english opening in chess

August 7th, 2012

lag style as it relates to the english opening in chess

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after my chess teacher told me that the english opening was “my opening” i was pysched. i loved learning about this opening and even more so playing it because i played it very aggressively. it’s a hyper-modern opening that’s flexible in that it can transpose into many different lines. cool thing about this opening is that starts with c4 and waits on the king and queen pawn. you will ultimately dominate the center of the board and reek havoc on black fairly quickly if they don’t know what their doing. it’s a fun opening but you really need to have a solid understanding of chess to play this well. how it relates to poker …well again this is sort of esoteric but this opening is sort of how i play tournaments with over 70bb’s. in a way it’s sort of a smart LAGy type style. i’m not sure if anyone can relate to this comparison but maybe there is someone out there. i also think this style is shows up when i’m pretty deep stacked playing cash. i’m a bit looser but ultimately smart enough to make adjustments and batten down the hatches at a moments notice. the picture shows you how after 4 moves in you’ve got killer pressure on d5. awesome opening. here’s a video with an annoying intro to it if you’re interested. i would suggest a great book by grandmaster tony kosten called the dynamic english that teaches you how u to destroy with this opening.

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