Welcome to my English Opening game with Ritchie Palmer 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.

[Event "19th BCC Action"]
[Site "Brandon Chess Club"]
[Date "1991.06.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Mike Serovey"]
[Black "Ritchie Palmer"]
[Result "1-0"]



1. c4 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 c6 4. d3 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nc3 d4 7. Ne4 Nf6 8. Nxf6+ Bxf6 9. Bh6 e5 10. Qb3 Nc6 11. Bd5 Qe7 12. Rc1 Qb4+ 
13. Qxb4 Nxb4 14. Bb3 Nc6 15. Nf3 Bd7 16. O-O Ne7 17. Ng5 Nf5 18. Nxf7 Nxh6 19. Nxh6 Bg5 20. Nf7 Bf6 21. Nxh8 Bxh8 22. Rc7 Bc6 23. 
Rxh7 O-O-O 24. Rc1 Kb8 25. Bf7 Bf6 26. Bxg6 Rf8 27. Rf7 Rxf7 28. Bxf7 Bg5 29. Rc5 Bf6 30. Bd5 Be7 31. Rxc6
bxc6 32. Bxc6 Kc7 33. Bd5 Kd6 34. Bc4 a5 35. a4 Kc5 36. e3 dxe3 37. fxe3 Bf6 38. Kf2 e4 39. Ke2 Bxb2 40. Bb5 exd3+ 41. Kxd3 Kd5 42. 
h4 Ke5 43. g4 Kf6 44. Ke4 Bc3 45. Kd5 Bd2 46. e4 Bc3 47. g5+ Kg6 48. Be2 Bb4 49. e5 Bc3 50. e6 Bb4 51. Bg4 Kg7 52. h5 Be7 53. g6 Kf6 
54. Kc6 Kg5 55. g7 1-0

19th B.C.C. Action
Round 2
Game Played 28 June 1991
White: Mike Serovey  Black: Ritchie Palmer

 

1. c4 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 c6 4. d3 d5

English Opening after 4... d5.

English Opening after 4… d5.

This position is an English Opening against a Caro-Kann. White can transpose into a Réti by playing 5. b3 here. White decided to keep it an English Opening here.

5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nc3 d4 7. Ne4 Nf6 8. Nxf6+ Bxf6

English Opening after 8... Bxf6.

English Opening after 8… Bxf6.

Now we have a position that resembles a reversed Benoni Defense. White decided to keep the Black King in the Center and then attack it there.

9. Bh6 e5 10. Qb3 Nc6 11. Bd5 Qe7 12. Rc1 Qb4+

English Opening after 12... Qb4+

English Opening after 12… Qb4+

Black forces the exchange of queens here to ease the pressure on f7.

13. Qxb4 Nxb4 14. Bb3 Nc6 15. Nf3 Bd7 16. O-O Ne7 17. Ng5 Nf5

English Opening after 17... Nf5.

English Opening after 17… Nf5.

Black still cannot castle because of the White Bishop hitting f8 (Black cannot castle through a check.) and the White Rook hitting c8. Black tries to get rid of the White Bishop on h6 so that he can castle.

18. Nxf7 Nxh6 19. Nxh6 Bg5!

English Opening after 19... Bg5!

English Opening after 19… Bg5!

Black threatens to capture both the Knight on h6 and the Rook on c1.

20. Nf7 Bf6? (Better was 2… Bxc1.) 21. Nxh8 Bxh8 22. Rc7

English Opening after 22. Rc7.

English Opening after 22. Rc7.

White is threatening to capture the Black pawn on b7 and the Black pawn on h7 if the Bishop on d7  moves.  If 22… Rb8 then 23. Bd5!

Bc6? 23. Rxh7 O-O-O 24. Rc1

English Opening after24. Rc1.

English Opening after24. Rc1.

White is now up a Rook and 2 pawns for a Bishop. White’s last move pinned the Black Bishop on c6 to the Black King. White has control of the open c file and the half open h file.

Kb8 25. Bf7 Bf6?

English Opening after 25... Bf6?

English Opening after 25… Bf6?

Black’s last move drops the pawn on g6. Better was 25… g5.

26. Bxg6 Rf8? (Allows White to force the exchange of rooks when Black is down material.) 27. Rf7! Rxf7 28. Bxf7 Bg5

English Opening after 28... Bg5.

English Opening after 28… Bg5.

Now White is up a Rook and three pawns for a Bishop! Black now forces the White Rook to a better square.

 29. Rc5 Bf6 30. Bd5? Be7!

English Opening after 30... Be7!

English Opening after 30… Be7!

White blunders and gives back the exchange here. Even so, White is still up 3 pawns and thus is winning. Better was 30. h4.

31. Rxc6 bxc6 32. Bxc6 Kc7 33. Bd5 Kd6 34. Bc4 a5 35. a4 Kc5 36. e3 dxe3 37. fxe3 Bf6 38. Kf2 e4!

English Opening after 38... e4!

English Opening after 38… e4!

White missed the discovered attack on his pawn at b2. Better than 39. Ke2? was 39. b3. Bishops of opposite color endgames are usually a draw, but not when one side is up 3 pawns after Black captures on b2!

39. Ke2? Bxb2 40. Bb5 exd3+ 41. Kxd3 Kd5 42. h4 Ke5 43. g4 Kf6 44. Ke4 Bc3 45. Kd5 Bd2 46. e4 Bc3 47. g5+ Kg6 48. Be2

English Opening after 48. Be2.

English Opening after 48. Be2.

Black missed 48… Be1 winning the h and g pawns. However, this would allow the e pawn to advance and possibly queen.

Bb4? 49. e5 Bc3 50. e6 Bb4 51. Bg4 Kg7 52. h5 Be7 53. g6 Kf6 54. Kc6 Kg5 55. g7!! 1-0

English Opening after 55 g7!! (Final position.)

English Opening after 55 g7!! (Final position.)

Black cannot stop White from queening the pawn here.

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