The English Opening: 3. b3 variation

2021 European Championships

08/09/2021 –    The 2021 European Championships was held on August 26 to September 5, 2021 in  Reykjavik, Iceland. It is  a qualifying event to the 2023 World Cup (23 qualifying slots). GM Demchenko, Anton (2596) and 16 year old GM Vincent Keymer (2602) tied for first in this tough event participated by 180 chess players (members of European Chess Union).

The highlight of this tournament belongs to 16 year old German GM Vincent Keymer. His opening setup: The English Opening – 3. b3, based on my analysis, it is rich in ideas. Many times I see GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Wesley So use this line in exhibition – blitz games. I think it is  sound and reliable opening. Let’s check this 2 games while enjoying cool music and hot coffee…

CHESS BLOG No. 28 : Date: 8th September 2021

The English Opening: 3. b3 variation

The English Opening: 3. b3 line is a class of its own. It can transpose to a Sicilian setup or a standard Queen's Gambit that is tempo up.

First Game -check diagram above (GAME VIEWER 1)

2nd Game -check diagram above (GAME VIEWER 2)

This opening is highly recommended to chess players who like playing strategy based play and to those Sicilian players..this suits you...

Our thanks to GM Vincent Keymer on his contribution about this fantastic English Opening: 3. b3 line.

GAME VIEWER 1

GAME VIEWER 2

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