Welcome to my English Opening game (ECO A10) with Richard Trapp 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. At the time that this game was played I had known Richard Trapp for a few years. I think that this is the only time that I actually beat him in a game. I remember a couple of draws, but they may not have been rated games.

Second Brandon Action
Round 3, Board
Game Played 8 February 1990
White: Mike Serovey (1772)  Black: Richard Trapp (1833)

1. c4 Nc6 2. Nf3 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 Ne5

English Opening after 4... Ne5.

English Opening after 4… Ne5.

I do believe that this is the only time that someone has played this strategy against my English! Black wants to double my pawns on f3 and to trade off my Bishop at g2 leaving some light-squared weaknesses around my King after I castle. However, Black was never able to take advantage of those weak squares.

5. d3 Nxf3+ 6. Bxf3 Bxf3 7. exf3 e5 8. O-O Be7 9. f4 d6

English Opening after 10... d6.

English Opening after 10… d6.

If Black captures on f4 he gets rid of my doubled pawn and develops my Bishop for me.

10. Nc3 Nf6 11. Re1 exf4 12. Bxf4 O-O

English Opening after 12... 0-0.

English Opening after 12… 0-0.

The material is even but White has more active placement of his pieces.

13. Qf3 Re8 14. b3 Qd7 15. Re2 g6 16. Rae1 Bf8

English Opening after 16... Bf8.

English Opening after 16… Bf8.

Black wants to fianchetto his Bishop which would put it on a more active square than e7. However, he never gets the chance to because White messes up those plans.

17. Bg5 Nh5 18. g4 Ng7 19. Nd5 Rxe2 20. Rxe2 Qc8

English Opening after 20... Qc8.

English Opening after 20… Qc8.

Contesting the e file with 20… Re8 is a mistake because 21. Nf6+ wins the Rook for a Knight. White controls the e file and has some pressure against the Black King because the pieces around the Black King are uncoordinated.

21. Nf6+ Kh8 22. Qh3 h5 23. Qh4 Ne6 24. gxh5 Nxg5 25. hxg6+ Kg7 26. Qxg5 fxg6

English Opening after 26... fxg6.

English Opening after 26… fxg6.

The Black King is rather naked and his remaining pieces are just spectators. White is now up a pawn on the Kingside and remains up a pawn for the rest of the game.

27. Nh5+ Kh7 28. Nf4 Qf5 29. Qxf5 gxf5

English Opening after 29... gxf5.

English Opening after 29… gxf5.

Trading queens on f5 saved the g pawn but gave White a passed pawn on the h file. Normally, you want to avoid trading queens when down material.

30. Nd5 c6 31. Nb4 Rc8 32. Re6 Kg7 33. Kg2 Kf7 34. Re2 d5 35. Nc2 dxc4 36. dxc4 Bd6 37. Nd4 Rg8+ 38. Kf3 c5 39. Nxf5 Bxh2 40. Ng3 Kf6 1-0

English Opening after 40... Kf6 (Final position).

English Opening after 40… Kf6 (Final position).

After 41. Kg2 Black is forced to exchange on g3 which will leave White up a passed pawn on the g file. I guess that Black realized that White still had wining chances and thus resigned.

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