Welcome to my English Opening game with James Augustus 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.

Rhine Main December Open
Rhine Main AFB, Frankfurt, Germany
Round 4
15 December 1985
White: Mike Serovey (1499) Black: James Augustus (1724)

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5

English Opening after 3... d5.

English Opening after 3… d5.

At this point in my career I played the English Bremen as White as well as the Réti Opening. Black’s last move sidesteps these openings.

4. cxd5 exd5 5. d4 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. O-O Bf5 9. a3 Ne4 10. Nd2 Nxd4 11. Ndxe4 dxe4 12. Bxe4

English Opening after 12. Bxe4.

English Opening after 12. Bxe4.

Although I win a Pawn, I weaken my King’s position by trading the light-squared Bishop. Better would have been to capture this pawn with my Knight.

Bxe4 13. Nxe4 c5 14. Be3 f5 15. Nd2 Bf6 16. Rb1 Qd5 17. Re1

English Opening after 17. Re1.

English Opening after 17. Re1.

Here I’m asking for Knight forks on f3 and c3. Normally, I avoid trading a Bishop for a Knight in open positions but that may have been best here. Then, putting my Knight on f3 closes the diagonal that the Black Queen is on.

17… Rae8 18. b4 (Taking the Knight was better because it eliminates the forks.) c4 (Now Black has a passed c Pawn as well as the fork possibility.) 19. Rc1 Rc8 20. Nb1 Rfd8 21. Nc3 Qe6 22. Qa4 Nb3 23. Rc2 a6

English Opening after 23... a6.

English Opening after 23… a6.

Now Black has the passed c Pawn and my Queen is out of play. The Black Knight is well anchored on b3. Black has his Rooks well placed with one on an open file and the other behind a passed Pawn.

24. b5 a5 25. Nd1 Bd4 26. Bxd4 Nxd4 27. Ra2 Nf3+!!

English Opening after 27... Nf3+

English Opening after 27… Nf3+

Here is the fork that I mentioned earlier. Now I’m lost!

28. Kf1 Nxe1 29. Kxe1 c3 30. Rc2 Qd5 31. Ne3 Qh1+ 32. Nf1 Rd1+ 0-1

English Opening after 32...Rd1+ (Final position).

English Opening after 32…Rd1+ (Final position).

33. KXd1 QXf1 mates. I hope that you enjoyed this game featuring the English Opening.

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