Welcome to my Italian Game with Edward L. Addis II page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the White side of the Italian Game.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This correspondence chess game was started in 1996 and I do not remember how long that it lasted. If I remember correctly, this game is one of two that I played against Addis in that section.

Correspondence Chess Game
Game A
White: Mike Serovey (1902) Black: Edward L. Addis II (1900)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O d6


Italian Game after 4... d6.

Italian Game after 4… d6.

Up to this point I was hoping to get into the Max Lange Attack. Black’s last move avoided that opening. Now, I’m into what looks like the Moeller Attack. Recent experience has shown me that after Black plays 4… Nf6 White is still better off not trying to get into the Max Lange Attack because of Bxd4.

5. c3 Bg4 6. d3 Qf6?

Italian Game after 6... Qf6?

Italian Game after 6… Qf6?

I think that Black’s last move is weak because it puts the Queen where the Knight belongs and allows me to prevent Queenside castling with my next move. Also, Black loses a tempo after my move.

7. Bg5! Qg6 8. Nbd2 h6 9. Be3 Bxe3 10. fxe3

Italian Game after 10. fxe3.

Italian Game after 10. fxe3.

Now White’s pressure on f7 mounts. Queenside castling is now possible, but Black declines.

Nge7 11. Qb3(Adds to the pressure on f7 and attacks the Pawn on b7.) O-O 12. Nh4 Qh5 13. Nf5

Italian Game after 13. Nf5.

Italian Game after 13. Nf5.

Here I’m trying to remove the Black defenders from the Kingside and put more pressure on f7.

Bxf5 14. exf5 Na5 15. Qb5 Nxc4 16. Nxc4 Nxf5 17. Qxb7 Rfc8 18. Qf3

Italian Game after 18. Qf3.

Italian Game after 18. Qf3.

I’m still trying to keep the pressure on f7 even though my attack is starting to fizzle out. Trading Queens allows me to double up my rooks on the f file.

Qxf3 19. Rxf3 Nh4 20. Rf2 f6

Italian Game after 20... f6.

Italian Game after 20… f6.

Here I continued my pressure on the f file even though f7 is no longer a target. 21. b3 may have been better because Black has a half-open file too.

21. Raf1 d5 22. Nd2 a5 23. Nb3 c5 24. d4 c4 25. Nc5 Rab8 26. g3 Ng6

Italian Game after 26... Ng6.

Italian Game after 26… Ng6.

Here I think that Black is better because of the Queenside pressure caused by the Pawn storm and rooks. My doubled rooks are doing nothing on the f file.

27. Nd7 Rb7 28. Nxf6+

Italian Game after 28. Nxf6+

Italian Game after 28. Nxf6+

That sacrifice may have been unsound. I didn’t get enough for it.

gxf6 29. Rxf6 Kg7 30. Ra6 exd4 31. exd4 Rf8 32. Rxf8 Nxf8 33. Rxa5 Rxb2

Italian Game after 33... Rxb2.

Italian Game after 33… Rxb2.

Here Black is better but has to deal with my passed a pawn. That may explain his later mistake.

34. Rxd5 Rxa2 35. Rc5 Ra5??

Italian Game after 35... Ra5??

Italian Game after 35… Ra5??

Drops the Rook. I think that he meant to play it to a4 protecting the Pawn on c4. If instead Black had played 35… Ra4 then 36. d5 Kf6 37. Kf2 Ke5 38. Ke3 Kd5 39. Rc6+ Kxe5 40. Rxh6 Ra3 and the position is unclear. Black has pressure on the c Pawn and the Knight for two pawns; White has connected  passed pawns on the Kingside.

36. Rxa5 1-0

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