Welcome to my English Opening game with Zaleski 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. I won rather quickly in this game against an unrated player.

[Event "BCC Open"]
[Site "Brandon Chess Club"]
[Date "1991.02.08"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Mike Serovey"]
[Black "Zaleski"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. e4 Nd4 6. Nge2 c6 7. O-O d6
8. d3 O-O 9. f4 Bg4 10. h3 Nxe2+ 11. Nxe2 Qb6+ 12. Kh2 Bxe2 13. Qxe2 Qd4
14. Be3 1-0

B.C.C. Open
Round 3
Game Played 8 Feb 1991
White: Mike Serovey  (1728) Black: Zaleski  (Unrated)

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. e4 Nd4

English Opening after 5... Nd4.

English Opening after 5… Nd4.

In the system that USCF Life Master Tom Stiers taught me, White plays this set up against almost anything that Black plays. Black has violated a basic rule of opening play by moving his Knight twice before he has moved his other pieces once. The Black Knight really doesn’t do much on that square.

6. Nge2

English Opening after 6. Nge2.

English Opening after 6. Nge2.

The Knight on g1 is normally played to e2 anyways in this system. Now White is challenging the Black Knight on d4.

 c6 7. O-O d6 8. d3 O-O 9. f4 Bg4 10. h3

English Opening after 10. h3.

English Opening after 10. h3.

White now has the set up that he has wanted all along. White’s piece arrangement and pawn placement is nearly identical to this against almost anything that Black plays. This is close to being the ideal set up for White in this system!

Nxe2+ 11. Nxe2 Qb6+

English Opening after 11... Qb6+

English Opening after 11… Qb6+

This Queen check is quite common against this system. However, in this case, it is patzer sees a check, patzer plays a check. Other than developing his Queen Black’s move doesn’t do anything.

12. Kh2 Bxe2 13. Qxe2

English Opening after 13. Qxe2.

English Opening after 13. Qxe2.

Here the material is even and the position is almost even. Black has a slight lead in development but White has more space on the Kingside and in the Center. White plans to develop the Queen’s Bishop to e3, hitting the Black Queen, and continue to expand on the Kingside. Black misses White’s next move and hangs his Queen!

Qd4?? 14. Be3! 1-0

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