Welcome to my English Opening game with Mark Vigilantia 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 the second game that I finished at Stan’s Net Chess. My rating at this site became 1738 after this loss. Over time, both my rating here and my win-loss record improved.

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
Game Ended 5 Feb 2004
White: Mike Serovey (Unrated) Black: Mark Vigilantia (1750)

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. e3 d6 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Nge2 Nc6 7. a3 Bf5


English Opening after 7... Bf5.

English Opening after 7… Bf5.

White’s position is very typical of what I like when playing this opening. I’m planning to play d4 anyway and play it now to keep Black’s Bishop off d3.

8. d4 Bb6 9. O-O Bg4 10. Qd3 Qd7

English Opening after 10... Qd7.

English Opening after 10… Qd7.

Here Black wants to exchange the light-squared Bishops to weaken my Kingside. I decided to exchange Queens to prevent this.

11. f4 Bh3 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Qxd7 Bxd7 14. b4

English Opening after 14. b4.

English Opening after 14. b4.

Black has a lead in development but his dark-squared Bishop is now trapped. He lets me win it and more material later on. This lag in development does end up hurting me.

Rad8? (Loses the Bishop. Better was a6.) 15. c5 Bg4 16. cxb6 axb6 17. h3

English Opening after 17. h3.

English Opening after 17. h3.

I’m up material here so I want Black to trade pieces. Trade pieces when up material and trade pawns when down material. Also, I want to take g4 away from his Knight and Bishop.

exf4 (Trades the Bishop for 2 pawns.) 18. hxg4 fxg3

English Opening after 18... fxg3.

English Opening after 18… fxg3.

I spent quite some time looking at this position. At this point I have a Bishop for 3 pawns. I looked at 19. Nxg3 Nxg4 20.e4 followed by Bf4 and Nd5. I disliked the idea of Black having connected passed pawns on the Kingside so I tried to keep my g Pawn. I thought that I could win the Pawn on g3 and keep my Pawn on g5 after my next move.

19. g5 Nh5 20. Bf3 g6 21. Bxh5 gxh5 22. Nxg3 h4

English Opening after 22... h4.

English Opening after 22… h4.

I was a little surprised by Black’s last move. Looking back, I think that 23. Nf5 followed by Kh2 and Kh3 to win Black’s h Pawn was better. For example, 23. Nf5 h3 24. Kg2 Rd3! 25. Ne4 should hold well for White.

23. Nge4 Ne5 24. Nf6+ Kg7

English Opening after 24...Kg7.

English Opening after 24…Kg7.

Here I got the position I wanted except that Black still has the Pawn on h4 and I’m still lagging behind in development. I completely overlooked Black’s next 2 moves.

25. e4 Rd3 26. Bf4 Nf3+

English Opening after 26... Nf3+

English Opening after 26… Nf3+

Here I’m up 2 pieces for 2 pawns, so I looked at giving back the material to take the pressure off my King’s position and to catch up in development. I guess greed got the better of me because I tried to keep the extra material. Here I could have tried 27. Rxf3 Rxf3 28. Be5 threatening the discovered check and protecting the Knight on c3. If 28… Kg6 then 29. Nce5 Kxg5?? 30. Kxh7+!! Kg4 31. Nxf8 winning the Rook.

27. Kg2 h3+

English Opening after 27... h3+

English Opening after 27… h3+

If instead of 28. Kh1 I had played 28. Kxh3 then nd2+! 29. Kg4 Nxf1 30. Rxf1 Rxc3 31. Rc1 Rxa3 32. Rxc7 and the Queenside pawns fall. On 31… Rxc1 then 32.Bxc1 Rd8 33. Nd5 c6 34. Bb2+ Kf8 35. Nxb6 Rd2 36. Bb3 Ra2 37. a4 Rg2+ and White still has a difficult game!

28. Kh1 Rxc3 29. Nd5 Rb3 30. Nxc7 Rc8 31. Nd5 Rc2 32. Ne3 Rxe3 33. Rxf3 Rxf3 34. Bd6 Kg6 0-1

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