Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A36 English: ultra-symmetrical variation) game with Lord Haw Haw 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 is one of my games played at Stan’s Net Chess. My rating at this site became 2216 after this win. My opponent’s rating dropped to 2239. The ratings listed below are for each player at the end of this game. This game ended on my fiftieth birthday. Winning was a nice present!

[Event “Game 431210”]
[Site “Stan’s NetChess”]
[Date “2008.04.10”]
[Round “?”]
[White “mserovey”]
[Black “Lord Haw Haw”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. e4 Nf6 7. Nge2 O-O 8. O-O
Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Nxg4 11. hxg4 Bxg4 12. f3 Bd7 13. Be3 f5 14. Qd2 f4 15.
Bxf4 Nd4 16. Bh6 e5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Nxd4 cxd4 19. Nd5 Bc6 20. f4 Bxd5 21. exd5
Qh4 22. fxe5 dxe5 23. c5 Rac8 24. Qb4 Qg3 25. Qxb7+ Kh8 26. Qe7 Qe3+ 27. Kh2
Qh6+ 28. Bh3 Qd2+ 29. Kh1 Rfe8 30. Qf6+ Kg8 31. Be6+ Rxe6 32. Qxe6+ Kg7 33. Rf7+
Kh6 34. Qh3+ 1-0

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
Game played 10 April 2008 to 6 May 2008
White: Mike Serovey (2216) Black: Lord Haw Haw (2239)

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. e4 Nf6

 

English Opening after 6... Nf6.

English Opening after 6… Nf6.

Here is where Black finally broke symmetry. I’m not sure how long Black can continue to ape my moves before he gets into trouble nor am I sure how I would have proceeded if he continued to copy my moves. From here I continued playing my usual Botvinnik system.

7. Nge2 O-O 8. O-O Bg4

English Opening after 8... Bg4.

English Opening after 8… Bg4.

I have seen this move too often in this opening. I have tried both f3 and h3 here. I don’t like f3 because it blocks the Bishop in and makes it a tall pawn so I played h3 here. If 9… Bxe2 then 10. Nxe2 is probably best. Playing the Bishop back to h5 is a dumb move because it forces Black to sacrifice a piece for 2 pawns after 10. g4. Also good is 10. f3 followed by 11. g4 if Black fails to play 10… g5. If 10. f3 g5 then 11. Bxg5 and White wins a pawn without weakening his Kingside.

9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Nxg4 11. hxg4 Bxg4 12. f3 Bd7

 

English Opening after 12... Bd7.

English Opening after 12… Bd7.

White is now up a Knight for 2 pawns but his light-squared Bishop is blocked in by his own pawns. There are some weak squares around the White King but Black cannot yet take advantage of them. White continues with his normal plan.

13. Be3 f5 14. Qd2 f4? (Loses a pawn.) 15. Bxf4 Nd4 16. Bh6 e5

 

English Opening after 16... e5.

English Opening after 16… e5.

White is up a Knight for a pawn. So, I decided to trade down into an easily won endgame.

17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Nxd4 cxd4 19. Nd5 Bc6

 

English Opening after 19... Bc6.

English Opening after 19… Bc6.

Black wants to double White’s pawns but trading pieces is usually a bad idea when you are down material. I allowed this capture because after capturing on e5 I will have a passed pawn on the d file.

20. f4 Bxd5 21. exd5 Qh4 22. fxe5 dxe5

 

English Opening after 22... dxe5.

English Opening after 22… dxe5.

White is now up a Bishop for a pawn and has a passed pawn on the d file. Black has connected passed pawns on the Kingside but advancing them will weaken the squares around the Black King. White now decided to advance the c and d pawns in order to queen one of them.

23. c5 Rac8 24. Qb4 Qg3 25. Qxb7+

 

English Opening after 25. Qxb7+

English Opening after 25. Qxb7+

White is now up a whole Bishop and has connected passed pawns on the c and d files. White’s passed pawns are much further advanced than Black’s. I expected the Black King to go back to h8 but think that h6 is a better square for it. If White grabs the pawn at a7 then Black can grab the pawn at d3 and will have connected passed pawns in the Center too. I decided to play the Queen to e7 threatening to capture on f8 leading to checkmate.

Kh8 26. Qe7 Qe3+ 27. Kh2 Qh6+ 28. Bh3

 

English Opening after 28. Bh3.

English Opening after 28. Bh3.

After 28… Qd2+ Black runs out of checks.  After 28… g5 29. Kg3 may have been best. Playing 29… Rfe8 was a blunder because it allowed the White Queen to go to f6 with check leading to a mating attack.

Qd2+ 29. Kh1 Rfe8?? 30. Qf6+!! Kg8 31. Be6+!

 

English Opening after 31. Be6+!

English Opening after 31. Be6+!

Black has no legal King moves and thus is forced to sacrifice a Rook for a Bishop. Being up a whole Rook is enough to win this endgame but White recaptures on e6 with a check and that continues the mating attack.

Rxe6 32. Qxe6+ Kg7 33. Rf7+

 

English Opening after 33. Rf7+

English Opening after 33. Rf7+

If 33… Kh8?? then 34. Qxc8#. If 33… Kg8?? then 34. Rf2+ wins the Black Queen.

Kh6 34. Qh3+ 1-0

 

English Opening after 34. Qh3+ (Final position).

English Opening after 34. Qh3+ (Final position).

Black resigned because he saw the forced continuation of 34… Kg5. 35. Rg1+ Qg2+ 36. Rxg2#.

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