Against the English Opening (1.c4), Black has a choice of a variety of systems. A lot will depend on whether White follows up with a later “d4” move, which will often transpose into Queen Pawn Games or Indian Defences, or if White avoids “d4” then there are the independent English lines.
Some popular options for Black when the goal is tactical or attacking openings include:
- Indian-Like Systems (1..Nf6)
- Dutch Defence (1..f5)
- Reverse Sicilian (1.c4 e5)
- Reverse Grand Prix Attack (e.g. 1.c4 e5, 2.Nc3 d6, 3.g3 f5)
It should be noted that some of the main lines in the English Opening are actually very tactical. It has had the reputation for years as a quiet positional opening, but this is simply not true. Black can choose some of the more tactical main lines if desired.