Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A15) game with Stahlberg 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. The ratings below are for each player at the end of the game.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2008Quad.08.11”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2008.08.10”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “Stahlberg”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[Opening “English, 1…Nf6 (Anglo-Indian defense)”]
[ECO “A15”]
[NIC “EO.64”]
[Time “19:53:08”]

1.c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. d3 d6 6. e4 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. O-O Ne8 9. Be3 Nd4 10. f4 f5 11. Qd2 a6 12. Bf2 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 Rb8 14. exf5 gxf5 15. Bd5+ Kh8 16. Rfe1 Bf6 17. Bg2 Nc7 18. Rad1 Bd7 19. d4 Qc8 20. dxc5 dxc5 21. Bxc5 Ne6 22. Ba3 Re8 23. Rxd7 {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played 10 August 2008 to 16 September 2008
White: Mike Serovey (1649) Black: Stahlberg (1607)

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. d3 d6 6. e4 c5

English Opening after 6... c5.

English Opening after 6… c5.

Up to this point Black has been playing the Anglo-Indian defense. Now, White starts the Botvinnik system.

7. Nge2 Nc6 8. O-O Ne8

English Opening after 8... Ne8.

English Opening after 8… Ne8.

Pulling the Knight back to e8 only makes sense if Black intends to follow it with f5, which he did a couple of moves later.

9. Be3 Nd4 10. f4 f5 11. Qd2 a6

English Opening after 11... a6.

English Opening after 11… a6.

White had no intention of putting his Knight on b5; it normally goes to d5. So, Black’s last move only makes sense if he is planning to follow it with b5. White now plays his Bishop to f2 so that he can capture the Black Knight on d4 with the Knight on e2 and then reposition the other Knight to e2.

12. Bf2 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 Rb8 14. exf5 gxf5 15. Bd5+ Kh8 16. Rfe1 Bf6

English Opening after 16... Bf6.

English Opening after 16… Bf6.

White now controls the e file and is putting pressure on the Black pawn at e7. White now puts his Bishop back on g2 so that he can put his Knight on d5 adding to the pressure at e7.

17. Bg2 Nc7 18. Rad1 Bd7 19. d4 Qc8?

English Opening after 19... Qc8?

English Opening after 19… Qc8?

Black’s last move loses a pawn at c5. Better was 19… cxd4.

20. dxc5 dxc5 21. Bxc5 Ne6 22. Ba3!

English Opening after 22. Ba3!

English Opening after 22. Ba3!

Re8?? 23. Rxd7 1-0

White is keeping pressure on the pawn at e7 which is why Black played his next move. However, he missed 23. Rxd7 winning a Bishop and Knight for a Rook when he was already down a pawn. Being down the equivalent of two pawns, he resigned.

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