Welcome to my English Opening game (ECO A13) with Eric Lang 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. I missed a win in the endgame and had to settle for a draw. Generally speaking, if I have a game that goes more than 60 moves and it ends in a draw then I missed a win somewhere.

Saint Pete Chess Club July Open
Round 4, Board 5
Game Played 30 July 2005
White: Mike Serovey (1500)  Black: Eric Lang (1516)

1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7

English opening after 4... Be7.

English opening after 4… Be7.

This position can also arise from the Réti opening. It is the move order that made me call this an English instead of a Réti. Instead of 4… Be7 Black can also play 4… dxc4 and 4… c5. If White were to play 5. d4 then we would have a Catalan opening.

5. O-O O-O 6. b3 Nbd7 7. Bb2 c5 8. d3 b6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nbd2 Bb7

English opening after 10... Bb7.

English opening after 10… Bb7.

Both sides have completed development of their minor pieces. White has a double fianchetto and no pieces or pawns beyond the third rank. Black has established a strong pawn center that White will try to undermine. White now tries to open up the Center and to trade off some minor pieces.

11. Ne5 Qc7 12. Nxd7 Qxd7 13. e4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. dxe4 Qe6 16. Qc2 Bf6

English opening after 16... Bf6.

English opening after 16… Bf6.

Black avoided trading queens earlier but now wants to trade off dark-squared bishops. White has a kingside pawn majority versus Black’s queenside pawn majority. White accepts the trade of bishops and then tries to strengthen his Center with f4.

17. Bxf6 Qxf6 18. f4 Rfe8 19. e5 Qe7 20. Rfd1 Bxg2 21. Qxg2 Rad8

English opening after 21... Rad8.

English opening after 21… Rad8.

Having traded off all of the minor pieces Black now wants to trade rooks and weaken White’s control of the d file. White now moves his Queen back to c2 in order to strengthen his Rook at d1. Black now decided to double up on the d file but it didn’t work. White got control of the d file and used it to penetrate Black’s position.

22. Qc2 Rd7 23. Rxd7 Qxd7 24. Rd1 Qc7 25. Qd3 h6

English opening after 25... h6.

English opening after 25… h6.

Black is worried about a back rank checkmate and thus plays h6 to give his King an escape square. Although there was no real mate threat Black’s move is OK because he doesn’t have much else to play here.

26. Qd7 Qxd7 27. Rxd7 Ra8

English opening after 27... Ra8.

English opening after 27… Ra8.

White is slightly better here because he has a Rook on Black’s second rank while the Black Rook is tied down to defending the queenside pawns. Now it is time for both sides to move their kings into the Center.

28. Kf2 Kf8 29. Ke3 Ke8 30. Rc7 g6 31. g4 a5 32. Rb7 Ra6

English opening after 32... Ra6.

English opening after 32… Ra6.

I think that 33. a4 preventing 33… a4 was better than 33. Kd3. Once the Queenside is locked up White can then penetrate with his King on b5. Black will then have to bring his Rook back to the d file in order to get any counterplay.

33. Kd3 a4 34. f5 axb3 35. axb3 Ra2 36. fxg6 fxg6 37. Rxb6 Kf7 38. h3 Rh2

English opening after 38... Rh2.

English opening after 38… Rh2.

White is now up a passed pawn in the Center and can easily win Black’s c pawn. White now maneuvers his Rook to f3 so that it can guard the White pawns at h3 and b3.

39. Rf6+ Kg7 40. Rf3 Ra2 41. e6 Ra7

English opening after 41... Ra7.

English opening after 41… Ra7.

White traded rooks on f7, which cost his his passed e pawn. However, White would still lose the pawn after 42. Kc4 Re7 43. Re3 Kf6. So, what White played here is probably best.

42. Rf7+ Rxf7 43. exf7 Kxf7 44. Kc4 Ke6 45. Kxc5 Kd7 46. b4 Kc7 47. b5 h5

English opening after 47... h5.

English opening after 47… h5.

Here is where White missed his last chance to win this game! Playing the pawn to g5 was the winning idea because White is up a passed pawn on the b file but does not have the opposition. By playing 48. g5! White can then sacrifice the b pawn and win both of Black’s kingside pawns. With connected passed pawns on the Kingside White wins!

48. gxh5? gxh5 49. h4 Kb7 50. b6 Kb8 51. Kc6 Kc8 52. Kd6 Kb7 53. Ke6 Kxb6 54. Kf6 Kc6 55. Kg6 Kd7 56. Kxh5 Ke7 57. Kg6 Kf8 58. Kh7 Kf7 59. h5 Kf6 60. h6 Kf7 61. Kh8 Kf8 62. h7 Kf7 1/2-1/2

English opening after 62... Kf7 stalemate (Final position).

English opening after 62… Kf7 stalemate (Final position).

It is White’s turn to move and he has no legal moves. Thus, it is a stalemate. If it was Black’s turn to move it would still be a stalemate after Kf8.

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