Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A20) game with nat1010 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 was a game played at ICC. I used the Botvinnik system and won in 38 moves. Due to a series of draws and losses to lower rated opponents my rating at ICC has taken a beating!

[Event “ICC 15 5”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2010.09.30”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “nat1010”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1307”]
[BlackElo “1420”]
[Opening “English opening”]
[ECO “A20”]
[NIC “EO.24”]
[Time “20:18:44”]
[TimeControl “900+5”]

1.c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e4 g6 6. Nge2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Be6 9. h3 Qd7 10. Kh2 Ne7 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. f4 exf4 14. Nxf4 Bg7 15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. Rb1 c6 17. Ne2 Be5 18. Nf4 Qd7 19. d4 Bg7 20. d5 Rae8 21. dxc6 bxc6 22. b4 Rb8 23. c5 Nc8 24. cxd6 Nxd6 25. a3 Be5 26. Nd3 Qe7 27. Nxe5 Qxe5 28. Qc2 Rfd8 29. Qxc6 Rbc8 30. Qd5 Qxd5 31. exd5 Nf5 32. Rfc1 Ne3 33. Rxc8 Rxc8 34. Rb2 Rc2 35. Rxc2 Nxc2 36. d6 Kf8 37. Bc6 Nd4 38. b5 {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played: 30 September 2010
White: Mike Serovey (1307) Black: BachInBlack (1420)

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e4 g6 6. Nge2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Be6

English Opening after 8... Be6.

English Opening after 8… Be6.

White has the Botvinnik system that he wanted. Typically, I play the Knight to d5 and Bishop to g5 to put pressure on the Black Knight at f6. I usually play h3 to keep the Black Knight and Bishop off g4.

9. h3 Qd7 10. Kh2 Ne7 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. f4 exf4 14. Nxf4 Bg7

English Opening after 14... Bg7.

English Opening after 14… Bg7.

Quite often Black will use his Queen and Bishop to attack the White pawn at h3. The White Knight at f4 threatens to remove the troublesome Black Bishop and White is preparing to attack on the f file.

15. Nxe6 Qxe6 16. Rb1 c6 17. Ne2 Be5 18. Nf4 Qd7

English Opening after 18... Qd7.

English Opening after 18… Qd7.

Because White’s attack is on the Kingside he has maneuvered his Knight to that side of the board. Black controls the long diagonal from a1 to h8 but White has only one, protected, pawn on that diagonal. White now decided to open up the Center.

19. d4 Bg7 20. d5 Rae8 21. dxc6 bxc6 22. b4 Rb8

English Opening after 22... Rb8.

English Opening after 22… Rb8.

White’s last move expands on the Queenside and takes the b pawn off the Black Bishop’s long diagonal.

23. c5 Nc8 24. cxd6 Nxd6 25. a3 Be5 26. Nd3 Qe7 27. Nxe5 Qxe5

English Opening after 27. Qxe5.

English Opening after 27. Qxe5.

The material is still even but some masters consider the Bishop to be a slight advantage over the Knight. White has one isolated pawn while Black has two and that gives White a very slight edge.

28. Qc2 Rfd8?

English Opening after 28... Rfd8?

English Opening after 28… Rfd8?

Black’s first mistake of the game. I’m not sure why he left the c pawn unprotected but winning that pawn helped me to win this game. Sometimes, winning at chess is simply a matter of accumulating enough small advantages. Many beginners give away pawns because they don’t realize their value.

29. Qxc6 Rbc8 30. Qd5 Qxd5 31. exd5 Nf5 32. Rfc1 Ne3 33. Rxc8 Rxc8

English Opening after 33... Rxc8.

English Opening after 33… Rxc8.

White is now up a passed pawn in the Center. White has a queenside pawn majority versus Black’s kingside pawn majority. Black is threatening to play 34… Rc2 so white played his Rook to b2 in order to prevent that move.

34. Rb2 Rc2 35. Rxc2 Nxc2

English Opening after 35... Nxc2.

English Opening after 35… Nxc2.

Black is threatening to win back his pawn but the passed d pawn is a problem because he needs to stop it from queening.

36. d6 Kf8 37. Bc6 Nd4 38. b5 1-0

English Opening after 38. b5 (final position).

English Opening after 38. b5 (final position).

Play could have continued 38… Nxc6 39. bxc6 Ke8 40. d7+ Kd8 41. g4 f5 42. gxf5 gxf5 43. Kg3 h5 44. Kf4 h4 45. Kxf5 a6 46. Ke5 Kc7 47. Ke6 a5 48. Ke7 and Black can’t stop White from queening the d pawn.

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