Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A21) game with ThreeofSeven 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. My opponent’s real name is Dave and he is from Castle Rock, Colorado. Like I am, he is LDS. Although I think that my opponent’s resignation in this game was a little premature, I will take a win any way that I can get one! In this game I used the Botvinnik System, Tom Stiers variation.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2006Quad.30.06”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2006.08.05”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “ThreeofSeven”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[Opening “English opening”]
[ECO “A21”]
[NIC “EO.22”]
[Time “21:08:43”]

1.c4 e5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 Bd7 4. Bg2 Bc6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nge2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Nbd7 9. h3 Nc5 10. b4 Ne6 11. Nd5 Bd7 12. f4 c6 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. f5 Nc7 15. g4 h6 16. Ng3 c5 17. b5 b6 18. g5 hxg5 19. Bxg5 a6 20. Nh5 Nce8 21. a4 axb5 22. cxb5 g6 23. Nxf6+ Nxf6 24. Qe1 Kg7 25. fxg6 fxg6 26. Qh4 {Black resigns} 1-0

Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played 8 August 2006 to 6 September 2006
White: Mike Serovey (1576) Black: ThreeofSeven (1546)

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 Bd7 4. Bg2 Bc6

English Opening after 4... Bc6.

English Opening after 4… Bc6.

White is playing his usual setup. Black is trying to exchange light-squared bishops and to thus weaken White’s fianchettoed position. I don’t agree with moving the Black Bishop twice in the opening like this.

5. e4 Nf6 6. Nge2 Be7 7. O-O O-O

English Opening after 7... 0-0.

English Opening after 7… 0-0.

White’s setup is the Botvinnik System as taught to me by USCF Life Master Tom Stiers.

8. d3 Nbd7 9. h3 Nc5 10. b4

English Opening after 10.b4.

English Opening after 10.b4.

Normally I would ignore the Queenside and continue with my Kingside attack here. Originally, I wanted to kick both the Knight on c5 and the Bishop on c6. I changed my mind on that and played the usual Nd5 and f4 instead.

Ne6 11. Nd5 Bd7 12. f4 c6

English Opening after 12... c6.

English Opening after 12… c6.

The last time that I had a position like this one I captured the Knight on f6. This time I decided that I wanted the dark-squared Bishop instead. Moving the Knight back to c3 is also OK.

13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. f5 Nc7

English Opening after 14... Nc7.

English Opening after 14… Nc7.

Black has a slight lead in development but White has more space across the entire board. White continues his Kingside attack.

15. g4 h6 16. Ng3 c5

English Opening after 16... c5.

English Opening after 16… c5.

Black decided to counter attack on the Queenside. White deals with it and then continues his Kingside attack.

17. b5 b6 18. g5 hxg5 19. Bxg5 a6 20. Nh5 Nce8

English Opening after 20... Nce8.

English Opening after 20… Nce8.

Now things are getting interesting! White has the Black Knight on f6 pinned to the Black Queen. White needed to take a moment to secure his Queenside pawns here and then continue his Kingside attack.

21. a4 axb5 22. cxb5 g6 23. Nxf6+ Nxf6

English Opening after 23... Nxf6.

English Opening after 23… Nxf6.

In this position White wants Black to capture on f5 so that when he recaptures on f5 the Bishop on g2 is hitting the Black Rook on a8. Also, capturing on f5 leaves the Black King’s position a little weaker than it was before that capture. White now move his Queen to e1 with the intent of going to h4 putting more pressure on the pinned Black Knight on f6.

24. Qe1 Kg7 25. fxg6 fxg6 26. Qh4 1-0

English Opening after 26. Qh4 (final position).

English Opening after 26. Qh4 (final position).

White is threatening Bh6+ winning the exchange. Play could have continued here 26… Rf7 27. Qh6+ Kg8 28. Rf2 Raf8 29. Raf1 Rh7 30. Bxf6 Rxh6 31. Bxe7 and White is up a Bishop.

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