The English Opening – Chess Openings Explained

Jonathan Schrantz explores the fourth most popular opening: the English. But what to do on move two? Learn several lines from three strong games. Join in the holiday cheer with Jonathan and 1. c4!

Mikhail Botvinnik vs Lajos Portisch, Monte Carlo (1968): A22 English, Bremen, reverse dragon
Dana Reizniece-Ozala vs Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Petrov Memorial (Rapid) (2015): A29 English, four knights, kingside fianchetto
Hikaru Nakamura vs Samuel Sevian, Millionaire Chess (2015): A20 English opening


  1. Thought this was gonna be a lesson on flowers for a second.

  2. great opening
    [Event ""]
    [Site ""]
    [Date "2017.6.26"]
    [Round ""]
    [White "michael"]
    [Black "zvika"]
    [TimeControl "-"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO " "]

    1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.Nc3 ( 5.O-O Be7 6.b3 d6 7.Bb2 ) 5…c5 6.O-O Be7 7.b3 d6 8.Bb2 Nbd7 9.d4 cxd4 10.Qxd4 O-O
    11.Rad1 e5 12.Qd2 Nc5 13.Qc2 Qc8 14.Ba3 Rd8 15.Bxc5 Qxc5 16.Qf5 e4 17.Qxc5 dxc5 18.Ng5 Rd4 19.e3 Rd3 20.Ncxe4 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Nxe4
    22.Nxe4 Rd8 23.Rxd8+ Bxd8 24.Nf6+ Bxf6 25.Bxb7 Kf8 26.Bd5 Bc3 27.f3 f6 28.Kf2 Ke7 29.Ke2 f5 30.Bg8 h6 31.h3 Be5 32.f4 Bf6 33.Kf3
    g5 34.g4 fxg4+ 35.hxg4 Kd6 36.Ke4 Bc3 37.Kf5 gxf4 38.exf4 Bd2 39.Bf7 Ke7 40.Bh5 Kd6 41.g5 hxg5 42.fxg5 Ke7 43.Kg6 Ke6 44.Bg4+
    Ke5 45.Kh5 Bxg5 46.Kxg5 Kd4 47.Bd7 Kc3 48.Bb5 Kb2 49.a4 Kxb3 50.Kf4 a6 51.Bxa6 Kxa4 52.Bb5+ Kb4 53.Ke5 Kc3 54.Kd6 Kd4 55.Kc6 Kc3
    56.Kxb6 Kb4 57.Kc6 Ka5 58.Kb7 Kb4 59.Kb6 1-0

    i missed faster win move 19 after rd3 i should take the rook and if pawn takes i take the bishop on b2 with my bishop
    enjoy the game

  3. Nice video, (love the inclusion of Botvinnik-Portisch) but false advertising! This video should be entitled "The Reverse Dragon" not "The English Opening". 95% of the English was left out…no closed systems, no symmetrical English, no 1….Nf6 systems.

  4. He's not a good teacher. His tactics are really weak. On numerous occasions he missed simple tactics like hanging pieces and mate in 1s. Very misleading for his students that respect his reputation.

  5. I hope you still making new videos because it really help a lot to us beginners. Thank you for the Nice video.

  6. Thanks for another great vid – very helpful. If an opponent responds to the English opening with a semi-slav type structure, is it best to transition into a more 'main-line' attack and put the bishop on D3 (as opposed to the fianchetto)? Similarly, if an opponent can force an exchange (their dark square bishop for Knight on C3) AND double your pawns on the C file, do you generally abandon the English?

  7. Would you show a proper response for Black when playing against the Wayward Queen, and done traps if they exist?

  8. the beginning of this video is hilarious! he keeps trying to talk over the flowers 😂

  9. Well, the fat stupid, and "imbecile POS enemy of chess with flowers as a weapon", did won the battle.
    Fuck this video !!!

  10. 5:58 Nc6 what is he thinking?! Nc6 just drops the knight on d5!

  11. i think that in 5:59 we can take the knight,and i think this game we will win (its a mistake of him ?)

  12. In the Botwinnik-game Schrantz simply missed the move Qf7+ (when the Black king is on e7) winning the Black queen again! 😛
    5.Rb1 is Yasser Seirawan's trademark! xD

  13. Great lecture, worst pronunciation of "zugzwang" ever (see the end of the video).

    When a word/name is of a foreign (relative to the U.S.) origin, it's usually a good idea to ask someone-in-the-know how to pronounce that word/name. (Especially if it's a commonly used term in your particular area of interest).

    'Zugzwang' is a Geman word (like other chess terms such as 'blitz' and 'zwischenzug') and sounds like "zoogz-vanng" to a native speaker of American English.

    'Fianchetto' is of Italian origin and, as such, the end of the word sounds like "-ketto" to a native speaker of American English.

  14. if youre going to be a flower ventriloquist at least make it look like your lips aren't moving

  15. It is difficult to find info about how to play the English opening. It would be really nice if you could make a several part series on the English and how counter black's various defenses.

  16. I'm pretty much sure that that joke (flowers in the beginning) was conceived by Finegold.

  17. That flower right in front of the camera is insanely annoying to me

  18. Those flowers are seriously triggering me 😀

  19. 5:58 Am i missing something? The "usual" move 5. … Nc6 is losing a piece, no?

  20. Literally 10 seconds into the video and i'm on the floor laughing. Who's bright idea was it to put the flowers there LMAO. I've never laughed this much at a chess video. 4 minutes in and he finally moves it. I'm dead lol.

  21. Trying very hard to follow a script….this was hilarious ..he says nothing

  22. Why the hell did someone put a poinsettia in front of his face

  23. This guy just likes to hear himself talk. He needs to be more explicative and patient with the moves and less with his voice.

  24. Was this video recorded on April 1st? Was it a candid camera stunt? Psychology experiment?…."Let's put some bright pink flowers directly in front of his face while he's explaining chess openings and see how he reacts!!!"

  25. And now, little man, I give the watch to you…. Does anyone else think he sounds exactly like Christopher Walken?

  26. Everyone is complaining about the flowers but they couldn't move earlier since there was a pin on them by the bishop on G2.

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