Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A21) game with rayz 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 correspondence game played at ICC. In this game I used the Botvinnik System, Tom Stiers variation.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2006Quad.30.10”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2006.08.05”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “rayz”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[Opening “English opening”]
[ECO “A21”]
[NIC “EO.23”]
[Time “21:08:44”]

 

  1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d6 5. e4 c6 6. Nge2 f5 7. d3 Nf6 8. f4 Nbd7 9. O-O fxe4 10. dxe4 Qb6+ 11. Kh1 Ng4 12. Qxd6 Nf2+ 13. Rxf2 Qxf2 14. fxe5 Bxe5 15. Qe6+ Kd8 16. Bg5+ Kc7 17. Rf1 Qc5 18. Be7 Bd6 19. Na4 Qe5 20. Bxd6+ Qxd6 21. Qxd6+ Kxd6 22. Rd1+ Kc7 23. c5 Ne5 24. Nf4 Bg4 25. Re1 Rad8 26. h3 Bc8 27. Nc3 Rd2 28. Re2 Rhd8 29. b3 g5 30. Rxd2 Rxd2 31. Nfe2 h5 32. Kg1 b6 33. cxb6+ axb6 34. Kf2 Ba6 {White resigns} 0-1

Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played 5 August 2006 to ?
White: Mike Serovey Black: rayz

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d6

English Opening after 4... d6.

English Opening after 4… d6.

What we have here is a closed Sicilian defense in reverse. Because I am playing the Botvinnik system, I don’t pay much attention to what Black does as long as he doesn’t mess up my plans. As it turned out, both of us were playing for a kingside attack here. That normally favors White.

5. e4 c6 6. Nge2 f5

English Opening after 6... f5.

English Opening after 6… f5.

Black’s last move surprised me a little, but I have seen similar setups against the English Opening. I don’t like for Black to play f5 until after I have castled and played f4.

7. d3 Nf6 8. f4 Nbd7 9. O-O fxe4

English Opening after 9... fxe4.

English Opening after 9… fxe4.

If Black hadn’t captured on e4 on move 9, I was going to capture on e5 on move 10. The idea is to open the f file and then play Bg5 and attack the pinned Knight on f6.

10. dxe4 Qb6+ (This Queen move has sometimes caused problems for me when I don’t already have my Bishop on e3.) 11. Kh1 Ng4!

English Opening after 11... Ng4!

English Opening after 11… Ng4!

Black is threatening to play his Knight to f2+ and there is nothing that White can do about it. As it turned out, the pawn push to f4 was premature and should have been delayed until after the pawn to h3 and Be3 were both played. White has no good moves here so I decided to grab the pawn on d6 to prevent Black from castling and to try to get some play going. I lost the exchange here and all I got as compensation was the privilege of chasing the Black King around a little.

12. Qxd6 Nf2+ 13. Rxf2 Qxf2 14. fxe5 Bxe5 15. Qe6+ Kd8 16. Bg5+ Kc7 17. Rf1 Qc5

English Opening after 17... Qc5.

English Opening after 17… Qc5.

White has a Knight and pawn for his Rook. The Black King is somewhat exposed and Black has two rooks and a Bishop that aren’t doing much. The problem now is, how does White continue with the attack? I cannot find a better move than what I played here.

18. Be7 Bd6 19. Na4

English Opening after 19. Na4.

English Opening after 19. Na4.

I had analyzed that after 19… Qe3?? then 20. Qxd6# and after 19… Qb4 then 20. a3 Qxa4 21. Qxd6+ Kb6 22. c5+ Ka6 23. Nc3 and White has some compensation for his material. Black played the one move that I did not look at and it was his best move here. My attack has fizzled out and I ended up trading down into a lost endgame.

Qe5 20. Bxd6+ Qxd6 21. Qxd6+ Kxd6 22. Rd1+ Kc7 23. c5 Ne5

English Opening after 23... Ne5.

English Opening after 23… Ne5.

Black still has a slight material edge but White has the lead in development. White has a passed pawn on the e file, but Black has effectively blocked it from advancing. Black will soon catch up in development and then his material advantage will become a deciding factor.

24. Nf4 Bg4 25. Re1 Rad8 26. h3 Bc8 27. Nc3 Rd2 28. Re2 Rhd8

English Opening after 28... Rhd8.

English Opening after 28… Rhd8.

Black has now completed his development and has a positional advantage as well as a material advantage. Black has a Rook on White’s second rank and doubled rooks on the d file. That Rook on the second rank will continue to cause problems for White.

29. b3 g5 30. Rxd2 Rxd2 31. Nfe2 h5 32. Kg1 b6 33. cxb6+ axb6 34. Kf2 Ba6 0-1

English Opening after 34... Ba6 (Final position).

English Opening after 34… Ba6 (Final position).

White resigned here because he cannot stop Black from capturing the Knight on e2. Once that Knight falls there is no protection for the Knight on c3. Once the Knight on c3 moves there is no more protection for the a and b pawns and they will fall.

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