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On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the White side of the Philidor’s Defense.

This is one of my games played at Stan’s Net Chess. My rating at this site became 2328 after this win. My opponent got out of book on move number three and I have no idea what he was thinking with that move. His real name is Tim Kraus and his birthday is May 7. His is almost exactly one year older than I am! He lives somewhere in Middle Georgia.

[Event “Game 492847”]
[Site “Stan’s NetChess”]
[Date “2010.12.07”]
[Round “?”]
[White “mserovey”]
[Black “BobbyFisher”]
[WhiteElo “2328”]
[BlackElo “1909”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Qe7 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Bd3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Nc6 7. O-O Nd4 8.
h3 Bxf3 9. Nxf3 Nxf3+ 10. Qxf3 Nf6 11. Bg5 Qd6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14.
Bc4 O-O-O 15. Bxf7 Rd7 16. Be6 c5 17. Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. Rfd1+ Kc6 19. Rd8 Kc7 20.
Rad1 a5 21. c4 Kb6 22. R1d7 Kc6 23. Rf7 b5 24. cxb5+ Kxb5 25. Rxf6 a4 26. Rfxf8
Rxf8 27. Rxf8 c4 28. Rc8 Kb4 29. Kf1 h5 30. Ke2 h4 31. Kd2 a3 32. bxa3+ Kxa3 33.
Rxc4 Kxa2 34. Rc5 Kb3 35. Rxe5 1-0

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
Game played 7 December 2010 to 17 December 2010
White: Mike Serovey (2328) Black: BobbyFisher (1909)

Philidor's Defense after 3... Qe7.

Philidor’s Defense after 3… Qe7.

 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Qe7

Black gets out of “book” on this move. I was expecting 3… exd4.

Philidor's Defense after 6... Nc6.

Philidor’s Defense after 6… Nc6.

4. dxe5 dxe5 5. Bd3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Nc6

The way that Black is developing lead me to believe that he was going to castle queenside. I’m surprised that he waited so long to do it.

7. O-O Nd4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Nxf3 Nxf3+ 10. Qxf3 Nf6

Philidor's Defense after 10... Nf6.

Philidor’s Defense after 10… Nf6.

I don’t know why Black was in such a hurry to trade off developed pieces. Black’s last move starts his kingside development but also allows me to pin his Knight to his Queen. Again, I was expecting queenside castling.

11. Bg5 Qd6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6

Philidor's Defense after 13... gxf6.

Philidor’s Defense after 13… gxf6.

Now Black finally castles! I wanted to double his pawns on the Kingside but was surprised when he just gave me one of them!

14. Bc4 O-O-O? 15. Bxf7 Rd7??

 

Philidor's Defense after 15... Rd7??

Philidor’s Defense after 15… Rd7??

Giving away a pawn is bad enough but losing the exchange too is worse! Black wanted to chase my Bishop away but this is not the way to do it.

16. Be6 c5 17. Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. Rfd1+ Kc6

Philidor's Defense after 18... Kc6.

Philidor’s Defense after 18… Kc6.

My Rook grabs the open file and cuts the Black King off from the other side of the board. Now to double my rooks on the open file.

19. Rd8 Kc7 20. Rad1 a5 21. c4 Kb6 22. R1d7 Kc6 23. Rf7

Philidor's Defense after 23. Rf7.

Philidor’s Defense after 23. Rf7.

White’s rooks have penetrated Black’s position and Black is going to lose more material no matter what he plays here.

b5 24. cxb5+ Kxb5 25. Rxf6 a4 26. Rfxf8 Rxf8 27. Rxf8 c4

Philidor's Defense after 27... c4.

Philidor’s Defense after 27… c4.

If you took the White Rook off the board then Black’s play on the Queenside would make sense. At this point I am wondering why he is making me play this one out.

28. Rc8 Kb4 29. Kf1 h5 30. Ke2 h4 31. Kd2 a3

Philidor's Defense after 31... a3.

Philidor’s Defense after 31… a3.

At this point Black is pretty much forced to trade pawns on the Queenside. Even without the White Rook the kingside majority and centralized King are enough for White to win.

32. bxa3+ Kxa3 33. Rxc4 Kxa2 34. Rc5 Kb3 35. Rxe5 1-0

 

Philidor's Defense after 35. Rxe5 (Final position).

Philidor’s Defense after 35. Rxe5 (Final position).

There is no way that Black can stop White from queening his passed pawns.

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