Welcome to my English Opening (ECO A23) game with yacboski page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the English Opening.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. I used to play the English Bremen as White and in this game I am playing against it. I dislike playing the Black side of the English Opening, but I can handle it.

[Event “ICC 15 5”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2005.12.22”]
[Round “-“]
[White “yacboski”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[WhiteElo “1457”]
[BlackElo “1544”]
[Opening “English: Bremen system, Keres variation”]
[ECO “A23”]
[NIC “EO.12”]
[Time “21:41:27”]
[TimeControl “900+5”]

1.c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Bg2 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. O-O e4 7. Nd4 d5 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. e3 O-O 10. a3 Nc6 11. b4 Nxd4 12. exd4 Qb6 13. Ne2 Bg4 14. Bb2 Nd7 15. h3 Be6 16. Rc1 Rac8 17. Qa4 Nf6 18. Nf4 Bd7 19. Qb3 Bc6 20. Rc2 a6 21. Rfc1 g5 22. Ne2 Bd7 23. g4 Rxc2 24. Rxc2 Rc8 25. Rc5 Rxc5 26. dxc5 Qb5 27. Nd4 Qa4 28. c6 Qxb3 29. cxb7 Qxb2 30. b8=Q+ Be8 31. Nc6 Qc1+ {White resigns} 0-1


Online Chess Game
ICC
Game Played 22 December 2005
White
: yacboski (1457) Black:  Mike Serovey (1544)
1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 3... c6.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 3… c6.

White’s move order is one that I often play myself. I played the White side of the English Bremen system for over ten years, but now tend to play the Botvinnik System instead. My strategy as Black is based on what USCF Life master Tom Stiers taught me to play against the English Opening. The pawn on c6 is intended to block the long diagonal the White’s light-squared Bishop is on.

4. Bg2 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. O-O e4

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 6... e4.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 6… e4.

White should have played d3 earlier to prevent my playing the Black pawn to e4. Black now establishes a strong center. Playing d3 also lets White’s dark-squared Bishop out and into this game.

7. Nd4 d5 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. e3 O-O

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 9... 0-0.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 9… 0-0.

White has a slight lead in development and occupies the Center with his knights. White’s fianchettoed Bishop is biting granite, though. White’s dark-squared Bishop is blocked in by his own pawns and doesn’t have any good squares to go to yet. Playing d3 still seems like a good idea for White because it can open up the Center and make the dark-squared Bishop more active.

10. a3 Nc6 11. b4 Nxd4

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 11...Nxd4.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 11…Nxd4.

White advanced his queenside pawns to prepare for an attack on the Queenside. Black just eliminated one of White’s central knights and doubled Whites central pawns. White now has some positional weaknesses. Generally speaking, a chess player will want to avoid having doubled pawns because they are difficult to defend.

12. exd4 Qb6 (attacking the doubled d pawn.) 13. Ne2 Bg4

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 13... Bg4.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 13… Bg4.

Black pins the defending White Knight and continues to attack the White pawn on d4. Here, playing 14. f3 breaks that pin.

14. Bb2 Nd7 15. h3 Be6?

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 15... Be6?

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 15… Be6?

Capturing the Knight on e2 would have removed a defender of the pawn on d4 and allowed Black to win that pawn. Black decided to hang onto the bishop pair instead.

16. Rc1 Rac8 17. Qa4 Nf6

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 17... Nf6.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 17… Nf6.

Here Black decided to give up the attack on d4 and to chase the White Queen away instead.

18. Nf4 Bd7 19. Qb3 Bc6 20. Rc2 a6 21. Rfc1 g5

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 21... g5.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 21… g5.

White continued his queenside attack by doubling his rooks on the c file, which Black has not given up. White has also attacked the Black pawn on d5, which Black has adequately defended. Now, Black kicks the White Knight on f4 to take some of the pressure off d5.

22. Ne2 Bd7 23. g4 Rxc2 24. Rxc2 Rc8

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 24... Rc8.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 24… Rc8.

Black is now contesting the c file.

25. Rc5 Rxc5 26. dxc5

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 26. dxc5.

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 26. dxc5.

White has managed to undouble his d pawns and now has more space on the Queenside. White has played a typical English Bremen system.

Qb5 27. Nd4 Qa4 28. c6! Qxb3! 29. cxb7? Qxb2!

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 29... Qxb2!

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 29… Qxb2!

White miscalculated here and dropped a Bishop for a pawn. Although White does get his Queen back he is down a piece and thus Black is better.

30. b8=Q+ Be8 31. Nc6?? Qc1+ 0-1

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 31... Qc1+ (final position).

English Bremen, Keres Variation after 31… Qc1+ (final position).

White is about to lose another piece and thus resigned.

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