Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A36) game with Distracto 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. The game started of as a symmetrical English and then I went into the variation that USCF Life Master Tom Stiers taught me. This is the Tom Stiers Line of the Botvinick System in the English Opening.

[Event “ICC 60 0”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2005.07.12”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “Distracto”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1533”]
[BlackElo “1997”]
[Opening “English: symmetrical variation”]
[ECO “A36”]
[NIC “EO.64”]
[Time “19:58:03”]
[TimeControl “3600+0”]

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 g6 5. e4 Bg7 6. Nge2 d6 7. O-O O-O 8.
d3 a6 9. h3 Rb8 10. f4 Bd7 11. g4 b5 12. Rb1 Qa5 13. a3 b4 14. axb4 cxb4 15.
Nd5 Nxd5 16. exd5 Nd4 17. b3 Qa2 18. Rb2 Nf3+ 19. Bxf3 Bxb2 20. Bxb2 Qxb2
21. Qa1 Qxb3 22. Qxa6 Qxd3 23. Qa2 Ra8 24. Nc1 Qd4+ 25. Qf2 Qxc4 {White
resigns} 0-1

Online Chess Game
Game Played 8 May 2005

White: Mike Serovey (1533) Black: Distracto (1997)
1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 g6

English Opening after 4... g6.

English Opening after 4… g6.

At this point the pawn structure is symmetrical. Black breaks the symmetry in a couple of moves.

5. e4 Bg7 6. Nge2 d6 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 a6

English Opening after 8... a6.

English Opening after 8… a6.

Now the symmetry is broken. Black never plays his pawn to e5. Black starts his attack on the Queenside and White attacks on the Kingside.

9. h3 (To prevent Ng4.) Rb8 10. f4 Bd7 11. g4 b5

English Opening after 11... b5.

English Opening after 11… b5.

Now it is obvious that each player is attacking on the opposite wing of the other. Tom Stiers has advised me that in positions like this one I should ignore what Black is doing on the Queenside and continue my Kingside attack. I wonder if that still applies if I am going to lose material on the Queenside. In theory, I could lose my entire Queenside and still be OK if I mate Black’s King on the Kingside. In practice, I have always taken time to protect my Queenside. Here, that idea failed me.

12. Rb1 Qa5

English Opening after 12... Qa5.

English Opening after 12… Qa5.

I didn’t anticipate that move and it caused me more problems than I successfully handed. One of White’s problems is the Black Bishop on the a1 to h8 diagonal. At this point I considered playing Ng3 to prepare f5, playing f5 right away, playing g5 and playing a3 to protect the Queenside some. I’m still not sure what the best move is here. I also looked at playing b3 followed by Bb2 and playing Be3. I took too long to get my Kingside attack going. The pawns didn’t storm like they usually do in these kind of positions.

13. a3 b4 14. axb4 cxb4 15. Nd5 Nxd5

English Opening after 15... Nxd5.

English Opening after 15… Nxd5.

Another problem that I have often faced is which pawn to capture with here. Theory says to capture toward the Center, but practice has shown that I’m usually better off capturing with the e pawn here. At this point in the game, neither one of my bishops is doing much nor is my Knight. Black manages to get a pretty strong Queenside attack going with his two knights, Bishop and Queen.

16. exd5 Nd4

English Opening after 16... Nd4.

English Opening after 16… Nd4.

Capturing the Black Knight on d4 allows Black to recapture on d4 with his Bishop and with check. Once that Bishop is on d4 it will be hard to dislodge. I think that the best move here is 17. Be3.

17. b3 Qa2!!

English Opening after 17... Qa2!!

English Opening after 17… Qa2!!

Here is where White blunders away the exchange. The White Rook on b1 is hanging. Capturing the Black Knight on d4 allow Black to recapture with check and then win the Rook. White’s best try here is 18. Bd2 in which case Black can play Nxe2+ 19. Qxe2 Bd4+ and White still has problems.

18. Rb2?? Nf3+!!

English Opening after 18... Nf3+!!

English Opening after 18… Nf3+!!

If White was not in check he could simply take the Black Queen. White cannot avoid losing the exchange here. I have lost count of how many games I have won because of a Bishop on a long diagonal. Now, I am losing because of one!

19. Bxf3 Bxb2 20. Bxb2 Qxb2

English Opening after 20... Qxb2.

English Opening after 20… Qxb2.

White still cannot get his Kingside attack going because his pieces are still tied down to defending the Queenside pawns and because they are rather uncoordinated. Normally, trading queens when I am down material is a bad idea. White has no counter play here and wants to get rid of that pesky Black Queen. 21. Qa1 leaves the pawn on b3 unprotected. 21. Qb1 is better because it still protects the pawns on b3 and d3. Another try is 21. Nc1 followed by Rf2.

21. Qa1? Qxb3 22. Qxa6 Qxd3

English Opening after 22... Qxd3.

English Opening after 22… Qxd3.

Black now has a passed pawn on the b file and is up the exchange. White tries for a few more moves to find some play and then gives up.

23. Qa2 Ra8 24. Nc1 Qd4+ 25. Qf2 Qxc4 0-1

English Opening after 25... Qxc4 (Final position).

English Opening after 25… Qxc4 (Final position).

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