Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A34) game with Sean McKinney 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 is not the first time that I have played Sean so I had an idea of what he has seen before. I decided to give him something new this time. The ratings below are for each player at the conclusion of the game. Sean is from Hayward, California.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2009Class.01.08”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2009.02.26”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “az2112”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[Opening “English: symmetrical variation”]
[ECO “A34”]
[NIC “EO.64”]
[Time “19:55:11”]

1.c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. d3 Be7 6. e4 O-O 7. Nge2 b6 8. O-O Bb7 9. h3 d6 10. Be3 e5 11. Nd5 Nd4 12. Nxe7+ Qxe7 13. Nxd4 cxd4 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bd2 a5 16. f4 Rac8 17. fxe5 dxe5 18. Rf5 Nd7 19. Qg4 Kh8 20. Raf1 Rc6 21. Qf3 Rf6 22. Rxf6 Nxf6 23. Bxh6 Nxe4 24. dxe4 gxh6 25. Qf6+ {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played 26 February 2009 to 11 May 2009
White: Mike Serovey (1709) Black: Sean McKinney (1578)

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 e6

English Opening after 3... e6.

English Opening after 3… e6.

The software at ICC is calling this a symmetrical variation but I don’t see it. Only the first move was symmetrical. After that Sean went his own way.

4. Bg2 Nc6 5. d3 Be7 6. e4 O-O 7. Nge2 b6 8. O-O Bb7

English Opening after 8... Bb7.

English Opening after 8… Bb7.

White is playing the Botvinnik system now.

9. h3 d6 10. Be3 e5 11. Nd5 Nd4

English Opening after 11... Nd4.

English Opening after 11… Nd4.

It appears that Black wants White to capture on d4. After looking at this position I decided to capture on e7 first because that would lead to the Black Knight at f6 being pinned to the Queen at e7. It turned out that the pin was useless.

12. Nxe7+ Qxe7 13. Nxd4 cxd4 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bd2 a5

English Opening after 15... a5.

English Opening after 15… a5.

I am guessing that Black’s last move was played to prevent Bb4. I am still following my original plan of a kingside attack.

16. f4 Rac8 17. fxe5 dxe5 18. Rf5 Nd7

English Opening after 18... Nd7.

English Opening after 18… Nd7.

The Black pawn at e5 is adequately protected for now but adding the Knight to protection frees the Black Queen up to go elsewhere. White now continues his kingside attack.

19. Qg4 Kh8 20. Raf1 Rc6 21. Qf3 Rf6??

English Opening after 21... Rf6??

English Opening after 21… Rf6??

I’m not sure that 21… Nf6 was any better. This turns out to be the losing move for Black.

22. Rxf6 Nxf6 23. Bxh6 Nxe4

English Opening after 23... Nxe4.

English Opening after 23… Nxe4.

This is the best move for Black here. Black loses material after 23… gxh6? 24. Qxf6.

24. dxe4 gxh6 25. Qf6+ 1-0

English Opening after 26. Qf6+ (Final position).

English Opening after 26. Qf6+ (Final position).

White forces the exchange of queens after which the White Rook attacks the Black pawns at h6 and b6. Black can defend the pawn at h6 with his King but then the one at b6 falls and then the pawns at a5 and e5 are weak.

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