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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.

Online Chess Game
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Game Played 8 May 2005
White: Mike Serovey (1525) Black: RBim(1608)

 

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3

English Opening after 3. g3

English Opening after 3. g3

I usually play this move order as White so that I can see where Black places his dark-squared Bishop before I move my e pawn.

d5

English Opening after 3... d5.

English Opening after 3… d5.

Here White can play 4. cxd5 as I did in this game, 4. Bg2, 4. b3 and 4. d3. If 4.d3 then Black can play 4… dxc4 and after 5. dxc4 then 5… Qxd1+ and White cannot castle. On 4. Bg2 or 4. b3 Black can play 4… d4 forcing White to lose a tempo by moving the Knight again.

 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nf6?

English Opening after 5... Nf6?

English Opening after 5… Nf6?

Here Black loses a tempo by moving his Knight back to f6. Better was Be6 developing a piece, or 5… c6 to protect the Knight on d5 and Block the long diagonal the White controls.

6. d3 c6 7. Nf3 Bd6 8. O-O

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 8. 0-0.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 8. 0-0.

Now we have transposed into the Bremen Variation and a reversed Sicilian Dragon.

O-O 9. h3 Bd7 10. Bg5

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 10. Bg5.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 10. Bg5.

If White was playing this game like a reversed Sicilian Dragon then the dark-squared Bishop would be played to either d2 or e3.

Be6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Ne4 Qd8 13. Nxd6 Qxd6

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 13... Qxd6.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 13… Qxd6.

White has the lead in development as Black still needs to complete the development of his Queenside pieces. White now prepares his minority attack on the Queenside.

14. a3 Nd7 15. b4 a6 16. Qc2 Rfd8 17. Ng5 Bf5

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 17... Bf5.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 17… Bf5.

White wants to trade his Knight for Black’s Bishop and Black moves the Bishop to prevent this trade. White now controls the long diagonal from h1 to a8 and just needs to move the King’s Rook over to c1 to resume his Queenside attack.

18. g4 Bg6 19. Ne4 Qe7 20. Rfb1

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 20. Rfb1.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 20. Rfb1.

I think that 20. Rfc1 was better here because now the White Queen and Rook are on the same diagonal as the Black Bishop. White wants to trade off his a and b pawns and then to attack Black’s isolated c pawn.

Nf8 21. Qc5 Qc7 22. a4 Ne6 23. Qc3 Qb8 24. Nc5 Nf4!

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 24... Nf4!

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 24… Nf4!

White wanted to trade knights but Black avoided this and went after White’s Bishop and e pawn instead. White now has his pieces and pawns well placed for a Queenside attack but still has to deal with Black’s threats on the Kingside.

25. Bf1 Nd5 26. Qb2 Re8 27. e3 Qc8 28. Rd1

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 28. Rd1.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 28. Rd1.

Now White is trying to prevent Black for playing e4. White’s last move protects the d pawn and gets his Rook off the same diagonal as the Black Bishop. White can also play d4 and continue his Queenside attack.

Rb8 29. Bg2 Nf6 30. d4 e4

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 30... e4.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 30… e4.

Black’s pawn on e4 is semi isolated and is thus a target for White to attack. Also, the e4 pawn blocks the diagonals for both Black’s Bishop and White’s Bishop. White’s Knight on c5 is now protected by two pawns and it still puts pressure on Black’s a and b pawns. White seems better here.

31. b5 h5!

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 31... h5!

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 31… h5!

Both sides continue their respective attacks. Now, Black seems to be a little better.

32. g5! Nh7

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 32... Nh7.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 32… Nh7.

White seems to be in zugzwang. White has no good moves here and several bad ones. If White plays 33. h4 to protect the g pawn then Black can play 24… Qg4 winning the h and g pawns. If White abandons the g pawn and trades pawns on a6 or c6 then Black recaptures with his b pawn and the Rook on b8 hits the White Queen. This seems to be the turning point in this game and White just goes downhill from here.

33. f4 exf3! 34. Bxf3 Qxh3 35. Qg2 Qxg2+ 36. Kxg2 Rxe3

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 36... Rxe3.

English Opening, Bremen Variation after 36… Rxe3.

White is now down 2 pawns and has a third one hanging. White’s King is naked and White has no real counter play.

37. bxc6 bxc6 38. Nxa6 Rb2+ 39. Kg3 Nxg5 40. Rf1 Bd3 41. Kf4 Bxf1 42. Kxe3 Bxa6 43. Bxc6 Rb3+ 44. Kf4 Ne6+ 45. Ke5 h4 46. d5 Nd8 47. Rh1 g5 48. Rg1 Rg3 49. Rh1 Kf8 50. Bb5 Bb7 51. Rd1 h3 52. d6 h2 53. d7 Rg1 54. Rxg1 hxg1=Q 55. Kd6 Qc1 0-1

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