Welcome to Mike Serovey on Chess!

The games of Mike Serovey with analysis and diagrams.

The theme of this site is chess and the main focus of this site is the chess games of Mike Serovey (that’s me), with diagrams. Most of the stuff that I cover is pretty basic and includes general theory as well as specific analysis of certain positions and move orders.

This is one of my personal hobby sites. The games will be from analysis of the games of Mike Serovey from 1983 on and one game is from 1976. I will be adding more games from the 1970’s as I find them. Some of these games are good examples of how not to play chess.

I got to thinking about something recently and decided to post it here. If you were to look up my current USCF over-the-board (OTB) rating you will see that I’m only rated in the 1500 range. My latest USCF correspondence chess rating is 2147. My highest USCF correspondence chess rating was 2170. My current chess rating at ICCF is 2054 after 140 games. My latest rating at Stan’s NetChess is 2588 and my overall record there is 76-13-7. That sounds impressive until you consider how over rated the players on that site are.

So, I’m clearly not a master at chess, yet. When I joined the US Army back in 1977 I wasn’t taught how to be a soldier by a general or senior NCO. I was taught by one buck sergeant (E-5) and a bunch of staff sergeants (E-6). I rarely saw the company commander or first sergeant. Mid-level NCOs could teach me how to be a soldier, to include how to march, shoot a rifle, polish my boots, make my bunk, etc. When I got to AIT (Advanced Individual Training) it was again mid-level NCOs that taught me how to read a map and compute fire data for canons.  My point here is that chess beginners and chess novices do not need a chess master, and certainly not a chess GM, to teach them the rules of the game and some basic strategy. They can learn from someone at my level. Someone who is already at my level needs to learn from a chess master or above.

If you have been playing chess for more than ten years and are higher rated than I am you might not get much out of my advice given here for free. Even if you are currently rated higher than I am, if you have not been playing for very long you might want to take advantage of my 41 + years of tournament experience. There are some things that can only be learned by experience and you might as well take advantage of mine!

Another thing to consider is this, practice against someone whose chess rating is about 200 points above where you are rated. If you go too much above that you will lose every chess game and become discouraged. If you go much below that level you will not learn anything new. Easy wins at chess may be fun for a while, but improvement comes with studying chess and practicing chess against better players than where you are currently rated.

I have disabled most of the comments because of all of the spam attempts. If you want to make a comment on any of my pages or posts then you will need to use the buttons or boxes that are provided for you below. Real comments are appreciated while spam will be deleted!

The video at the top of this page is the very first chess video that I ever made. It is basically a slide show that I set to music. The videos that I will make in the future will be more instructive.

My chess membership site now has enough content to accept up to 10 free members to help me beta test it before I start charging for access to it. I have 1 free member now, and he has yet to do anything. Anyone who does not provide the feedback that is required to be a free member will be cancelled and will have to pay to rejoin the site! If you are a Facebook fan, then you can send me a private message (PM) to request the free membership. If not, you will need to use the contact form on this, or one of my other sites, to request a membership.

I also have a video blog where you can watch instructive videos on various chess-related topics.

What’s New?

Check out my page of correspondence chess rating history!

I am making animated videos and here is one using a collage of photographs. These are pictures of chess players that were taken at several different chess tournaments in Florida.



December 29, 2017 – The November 2017 list for correspondence chess players has me at number 61 with a rating of 2134.


other06May 31, 2016 – I have added a sub domain to this one and loaded it with some plugins and content that will allow you to play online games from my site. I am working on the pages for an ebook that will allow you to make your own games and some cheat sheets.


Mike Serovey, MA, MISM