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On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the English Opening .

The game includes analysis and diagrams. My opponent plays at ICC with the handle of fhunfi and he lives in Indonesia. This game resembles the Maroczy Bind against the Sicilian Dragon, so that is how I tried to play it as Black. However, I never got anything going on the Queenside and lost my b pawn due to a miscalculation. After that I resigned because I had two other pawns hanging too.

[Event “ICC 60 0”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2006.12.05”]
[Round “-“]
[White “fhunfi”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1969”]
[BlackElo “1522”]
[Opening “English: symmetrical, Benoni formation”]
[ECO “A31”]
[NIC “OI.06”]
[Time “23:14:49”]
[TimeControl “3600+0”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3 g6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. e4 d6 7. Be2 O-O 8.
O-O Nc6 9. Nc2 Bd7 10. Be3 a6 11. f3 Rb8 12. Qd2 Qa5 13. Rab1 Rfc8 14. b4
Qd8 15. Rfd1 Ne5 16. c5 dxc5 17. bxc5 Be6 18. Qxd8+ Rxd8 19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.
Rxb7 {Black resigns} 1-0

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Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played 5 December 2006
White: Chien Ming (1969) Black: Mike Serovey  (1522)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nf3

 

English Opening after 3. Nf3.

English Opening after 3. Nf3.

I hate it when my opponents play this instead of 3. d5!

g6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. e4 d6

English Opening after 6... d6.

English Opening after 6… d6.

What we have now is a Maroczy Bind against a Sicilian Dragon. For some reason that I don’t understand, the ICC software is calling this position “English: symmetrical, Benoni formation”.

7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. Nc2

English Opening after 9. Nc2.

English Opening after 9. Nc2.

I was surprised by that move. I was expecting either 9. Nb3 or 9. Nxc6. I cannot see that putting the Knight on c2 actually does anything to improve White’s position.

Bd7 10. Be3 a6

English Opening after 10... a6.

English Opening after 10… a6.

Black is preparing to attack on the Queenside and expects White to attack on the Kingside. However, White fools Black and attacks on the Queenside too! Note how both of White’s bishops are aimed at the Queenside and both of his knights are there too.

11. f3 Rb8 12. Qd2 Qa5

English Opening after 12... Qa5.

English Opening after 12… Qa5.

Black is preparing to play the pawn to b5. Also possible is playing the Knight to b4 offering the exchange of knights and preventing White from playing his pawn to b4.

13. Rab1 Rfc8

English Opening after 13... Rfc8.

English Opening after 13… Rfc8.

Black is now looking at the pawn at c4. However, by playing the pawn to b4 White thwarts Black’s plan.

14. b4 Qd8 15. Rfd1 Ne5

English Opening after 15... Ne5.

English Opening after 15… Ne5.

Black is now attacking the White pawn on c4. White saves the pawn by moving it to c5, but ends up with an isolated pawn. White’s placement of his rooks and Queen end up being something that Black overlooks and thus loses his b pawn.

16. c5 dxc5 17. bxc5 Be6??

English Opening after 17... Be6??

English Opening after 17… Be6??

This turns out to be the losing move. After exchanging rooks and queens on d8 the Black pawn on b7 is unprotected. The Black Bishop should have gone to c6 instead. Then the pawn on b7 would be protected and the pawn on c5 would be blockaded.

18. Qxd8+ Rxd8 19. Rxd8+ Rxd8 20. Rxb7 1-0

English Opening after 20. Rxb7 (final position).

English Opening after 20. Rxb7 (final position).

Black is now down a pawn and has his pawns at a6 and e7 hanging. White has a passed pawn on c5. Thus, Black resigned.

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM

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