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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 the second time that I have played winerum and the second time that I have lost to him. I made a strategic error that left me with a backward pawn and miscalculated a combination that lost that pawn. When I was about to lose a second pawn I resigned. I cannot hold an endgame two pawns down. This game was Round 2 of the July 2007 Standard Tournament at ICC and was from the 11 PM Open section.

[Event “ICC 60 0”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2007.07.17”]
[Round “2”]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “winerum”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1543”]
[BlackElo “1691”]
[Opening “English opening”]
[ECO “A13”]
[NIC “EO.64”]
[Time “23:02:26”]
[TimeControl “3600+0”]

1.c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. b3 Bb4 5. Nf3 Qf6 6. Nc3 Ne7 7. Bb2 Nd7 8. O-O Bxc3 9. Bxc3 e5 10. d3 d4 11. Bd2 h6 12. Ne1 Qd6 13. f4 O-O 14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Nf3 N7g6 16. a3 Rb8 17. b4 Nxf3+ 18. Rxf3 Bg4 19. Rf2 Rbe8 20. Bf3 Qd7 21. Bxg4 Qxg4 22. Qf1 Re7 23. Re1 Rfe8 24. Qg2 Qd7 25. c5 Ne5 26. h3 Nxd3 27. exd3 Rxe1+ 28. Bxe1 Rxe1+ 29. Rf1 Re3 30. Rd1 Qc7 31. Kf2 Qe5 32. Rd2 Re1 33. Qf3 Re3 {White resigns} 0-1

Online Chess Game
Game Played 17 July 2007
White: winerum (1691) Black:  Mike Serovey (1543)

1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5

English Opening after 2... d5.

English Opening after 2… d5.

If 1. c4 e6 2. d4 d5 we would have a Queens Gambit. I never play the White side of the Queens Gambit. If now 3. d4 we would have a Catalan system. I don’t know the Catalan so I tend to avoid it. What I am trying for now is the Réti opening. Black’s strategy seems to be that of a QGD, Semi Slav variation.

3. Bg2 c6 4. b3 Bb4

English Opening after 4... Bb4.

English Opening after 4… Bb4.

I spent a few minutes looking at this position. I considered both pawn and Bishop to a3 and rejected them. playing 5. Nc3 allows Black to double my pawns with 5… Bxc3. I didn’t see 5… Qf6 until after I had played 5. Nf3.

5. Nf3 Qf6

English Opening after 5... Qf6.

English Opening after 5… Qf6.

Black’s last move threatens to win the Rook at a1, but it violates an opening principle of not moving the Queen out too early. Often, when the Queen is developed this early in a game it becomes a target, but not in this game. I almost resigned here and then I realized that I can get out of this only a pawn down. After 6. Nc3 Bxc3 7. dxc3 Qxc3+ 8. Bd2 the White Rook at a1 is now protected and White has a lead in development for his pawn. Also, the Black Queen must now retreat to safety. I’m not sure why Black declined to capture on c3 here.

6. Nc3 Ne7 7. Bb2 Nd7 8. O-O Bxc3 9. Bxc3 e5

English Opening after 9... e5.

English Opening after 9… e5.

White now has a lead in development while Black has the broad pawn center. White was never able to take advantage of this lead in development or to get an attack going against the Black Queen. I didn’t want Black to play his pawn to e4, but I overlooked the other pawn going to d4. What I ended up with is similar to a reversed Benoni defense. With Black’s King still in the Center opening up the Center here with 10. cxd5 might have been the best move here. Also to be considered is 10. e3 followed by d4.

10. d3 d4 11. Bd2 h6

English Opening after 11... h6.

English Opening after 11… h6.

White still has the lead in development because Black has not yet castled and the Queen’s Rook and Queen’s Bishop have not moved yet and are doing nothing. However, Black does have the strong center. My plan now is to open the Center by playing f4, so I played 12. Ne1 in order to get the Knight out of the way for the pawn push. This turned out to be a strategic error because it left me with a backward pawn at e2 that I eventually lost. What sucks is that I never got a real attack going against Black even though I had the lead in development! Considering that what we have here is pretty much a reversed Benoni, a better plan here might be to either challenge the pawn on d4 by playing 12. e3 or to lock the Center with 12. e4 and then to expand and attack on the Queenside.

12. Ne1 Qd6 13. f4 O-O

English Opening after 13... 0-0.

English Opening after 13… 0-0.

Black has finally castled which gets his King out of the Center before I open it up and also protects the Black pawn on f7 from my Rook after fxe5. The Black Queen has moved twice so far and as a result Black is still lagging behind in development. I now captured on e5 hoping that I could later get the pawn on d4 too. Also, it is nice to harass that Queen in the Center while I can!

14. fxe5 Nxe5 15. Nf3 N7g6

English Opening after 15... N7g6.

English Opening after 15… N7g6.

Black’s last move pretty much prevents Bf4. I now played 16. a3 with the intention of playing 17. Bb4. However, I realized that 17… c5 block’s my threat and reinforces the Black pawn at d4. So, then my plan became to get a pawn chain going from a3 to c5 so that Black cannot use a pawn to defend the pawn at d4.

16. a3 Rb8 17. b4 Nxf3+

English Opening after 17... Nxf3+

English Opening after 17… Nxf3+

White now has the choice of capturing with the pawn, Bishop or Rook. I captured with the Rook because I wanted to keep some pressure on the f file. However, considering that the pawn at e2 ended up becoming a target that I had trouble defending, I now believe that capturing with the pawn was better. Then I could have played c5 followed by Be1 and bf2 putting pressure on the Black pawn at d4. Another plan would be to play f5, f5 and Bf4.

18. Rxf3 Bg4 19. Rf2 Rbe8 20. Bf3 Qd7 21. Bxg4 Qxg4 22. Qf1 Re7 23. Re1 Rfe8

English Opening after 23... Rfe8.

English Opening after 23… Rfe8.

Black has piled up on the White pawn at e2 and so far White has adequately defended it. White wants to play e4 but can’t because dxe3 wins a pawn. White’s next move is played with the intention of getting the Black Queen off g4. Black complies and White then continues to try to isolate the Black d pawn.

24. Qg2 Qd7 25. c5 Ne5

English Opening after 25... Ne5.

English Opening after 25… Ne5.

When looking at this position I saw 2 threats. First was 26… Nxd3 winning a pawn and the other was 26… Ng4 hitting my Rook on f2. I figured that I could hold the endgame a pawn down but I miscalculated the combination. White’s best move here is 26. Qf1 and if 26… Ng4 then 27. Rg2 and White holds. This turned out to be my first tactical blunder in the game and my most serious one.

26. h3? Nxd3!! 27. exd3 Rxe1+ 28. Bxe1 Rxe1+ 29. Rf1

English Opening after 29. Rf1.

English Opening after 29. Rf1.

If 29… Rxf1+ then 30. Qxf1 and White can hold on a pawn down. What I miscalculated was that Black does not have to take the Rook here! White has too many pawns on the third rank and cannot defend all of them! Black simply outmaneuvered me and won a second pawn.

Re3 30. Rd1 Qc7 31. Kf2 Qe5 32. Rd2 Re1 33. Qf3 Re3!! 0-1

English Opening after 33... Re3!! (Final position).

English Opening after 33… Re3!! (Final position).

I resigned because I thought that I was going to lose the pawn at g3 and I can’t hold an endgame 2 pawns down. However, I just realized that 34. Qg2 saves the pawn on g3 for now. Even so, White is down a pawn and defending, so the best that he can hope for is a draw. At this point in the game it is about 12:30 AM where I live and I am missing things on the board. Even if I had seen 34. Qg2 I may have blundered later on in the game and still lost. Also worth looking at here is 34. Qg4.

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