Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A21) game with CDGuyHall page!

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

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This was a quick win because my opponent made several small errors that lead to him dropping two pieces.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2006SC18QF.02.18”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2006.05.02”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “CDGuyHall”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[Opening “English, Kramnik-Shirov counterattack”]
[ECO “A21”]
[NIC “EO.23”]
[Time “22:59:49”]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. a3 Bxc3 4. bxc3 Nc6 5. d4 d5 6. e3 e4 7. cxd5 Qxd5 8.
c4 Qg5 9. f4 exf3 10. Nxf3 Qd8 11. Be2 Nf6 12. O-O Ne4 13. Qc2 Bf5 14. Bd3
Qe7 15. d5 Ne5 16. Nxe5 Qxe5 17. Bb2 Qe7 18. Rxf5 {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Chess Game
Game Played 2 May 2006 to 24 July 2006

White: Mike Serovey Black: CDGuyHall

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4

English Opening after 2... Bb4.

English Opening after 2… Bb4.

This is the beginning of the Kramnik-Shirov counterattack. I seldom see this when playing the English Opening. I decided to kick the Black Bishop on b4 immediately to force Black to make a decision on whether to capture the Knight on c3 or not.

3. a3 Bxc3 4. bxc3 (Always capture towards to Center unless there is a tactical reason not to.) Nc6 5. d4 d5

English Opening after 5... d5.

English Opening after 5… d5.

White played 5. d4 to undouble his pawns. It appears the Black wants to open up the Center while both kings are still in the Center. White’s plan it to develop his pieces and to undouble his pawns.

6. e3 e4 7. cxd5 Qxd5

English Opening after 7... Qxd5.

English Opening after 7… Qxd5.

Black has two pieces developed to White’s none here. However, Black loses time (tempos) when White kicks the Black Queen with his pieces and pawns. The Black pawn on e4 is overextended and can become a target for White to attack. After c4 white has a strong Center.

8. c4 Qg5 9. f4

English Opening after 9. f4.

English Opening after 9. f4.

White kicks the Black Queen yet again and wants Black to capture en passant on f3.

exf3 10. Nxf3 Qd8

English Opening after 10... Qd8.

English Opening after 10… Qd8.

Black has now moved his Queen 3 times. White has control of the Center and can now complete his development normally.

11. Be2 Nf6 12. O-O Ne4

English Opening after 12... Ne4.

English Opening after 12… Ne4.

Generally speaking, you don’t want to move your knights twice until after all of your other pieces have moved once each. Black is threatening to put his Knight on c3 forking the White Queen and Bishop. White played 13. Qc2 to stop this move.

13. Qc2 Bf5

English Opening after 13... Bf5.

English Opening after 13… Bf5.

Black is threatening to play Nd6 with a discovered attack on the White Queen. Here I looked at playing 14. d5 hitting the Black Knight on c6 but decided that it was better to prevent the attack on my Queen first.

14. Bd3 Qe7 15. d5!

English Opening after 15. d5!

English Opening after 15. d5!

My analysis showed that I win a piece and a pawn if Black plays his Knight to e5 here. If Black plays 15… Na5 then 16. Qa4+ wins. Black’s best move here is to play the Knight back to b8 and then redeploy it to d7. In that case White would have continued with Bb2 and Nd4.

Ne5? 16. Nxe5! Qxe5 17. Bb2!!

English Opening after 17. Bb2!!

English Opening after 17. Bb2!!

Black is going to lose material no matter what he plays here. His Queen and Bishop are both attacked as well as the pawn on g7 after the Black Queen moves. Black is also going to have trouble protecting the Knight on e4.

Qe7 18. Rxf5 1-0

English Opening after 18. Rxf5 (Final position).

English Opening after 18. Rxf5 (Final position).

White is threatening to capture the pawn on g7 and the Knight on e4. White is also threatening to play the Rook to e5 winning the Queen for a Rook.

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