Welcome to my Queens Gambit Declined Semi Slav (ECO D43) game with Terry Kay page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in the Queens Gambit Declined.

This game was part of a thematic tournament in which we were supposed to play the Réti opening. For some reason Terry decided to transpose into a Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav, instead of playing the Réti like he was supposed to.

[Date “2011.01.13”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Terry Kay”]
[Black “Mike Serovey”]
[Result “0-1”]

  1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3.d4 c6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.Re1 h6 11.Bh4 b5 12.h3 Bb7 13.Qe2 b4 14. Na4 Qa5 15.b3 Bd6 16.Rac1 Rfc8 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Bxe5 19.f4 Rxc1 20.Rxc1 Bc3 21.a3 Rc8 22.Kh2 Rc6 23.axb4 Qxb4 24.Nxc3 Rxc3 25.Be1 {Resigns} 0-1

Correspondence Game
THEM11C
Game Played 13 January 2011 to 25 January 2011
White: Terry Kay Black: Mike Serovey

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3.d4

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 3.d4.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 3.d4.

Moves typical of the Réti include: 3.b3; 3.g3; and 3.e3.

c6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Nbd7

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 5... Nbd7.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 5… Nbd7.

At this point I was hoping to play the Cambridge Springs Defense but my opponent’s next move takes me out of “book” and my database of games.

6.cxd5 cxd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 a6

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 9... a6.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 9… a6.

Black is preparing for a queenside advance while keeping an eye on f6.

10.Re1 h6 11.Bh4 b5 12.h3 Bb7

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 12... Bb7.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 12… Bb7.

Now, both sides have completed developing their pieces and Black attacks the Queenside. I’m not sure what White’s plan is here.

13.Qe2 b4 14. Na4 Qa5 15.b3 Bd6

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 15... Bd6.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 15… Bd6.

Black is still protecting the Knight on f6 with a piece so that a capture on f6 won’t double his pawns but now he Knight on f6 can move. Black is considering playing g5 and Bxg3 doubling White’s pawns. First, though, the c file is being contested.

16.Rac1 Rfc8 17.Ne5?

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 17.Ne5?

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 17.Ne5?

I don’t understand White’s last move because it loses a pawn and I don’t see that he gets enough compensation for it.

Nxe5 18.dxe5 Bxe5 19.f4 Rxc1 20.Rxc1

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 20.Rxc1.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 20.Rxc1.

Black is up a pawn but now must decide where to put his Bishop. Putting the Bishop on d6 allows White to capture on f6 doubling Black’s pawns as compensation for the pawn he gave up earlier. Putting it on c3 allows Black a passed pawn on the c file if White captures on c3. However, after that Black can still end up with doubled pawns.

Bc3 21.a3 Rc8 22.Kh2

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 22.Kh2.

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 22.Kh2.

I considered capturing the White pawn on a3 but didn’t for some reason that I can no longer remember. I also considered playing 22… Nh7 preparing for g5. Black’s next move doesn’t seem to do anything so I think the other two moves where better.

Rc6 23.axb4 Qxb4?? (23… Bxb4 was forced!) 24.Nxc3 Rxc3 25.Be1! 0-1

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 25.Be1! (Final position).

Queens Gambit Declined, Semi Slav after 25.Be1! (Final position).

Black can’t avoid losing his Rook so he resigned.

I hope that you enjoyed this game that features the Queens Gambit Declined!

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