Welcome to my Réti Opening ICC online game with Jackson1754 page!

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

This is a quick win that shows how I like to play this opening as White. The game includes analysis and diagrams.
[Event “ICC Online Game #115”]
[Site “ICC”]
[Date “2004.05.30”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Mike Serovey”]
[Black “Jackson1754”]
[Result “1-0”]

1. Nf3 d6 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e5 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 Nc6 7. Nc3 Bf5 8. a3
Qd7 9. Re1 Bh3 10. Bh1 Rfe8 11. Ng5 Qf5 12. Nxh3 Qxh3 13. Bg2 Qf5 14. e4 Qg4 15.
Qxg4 Nxg4 16. Nd5 $1 Rac8 17. Bh3 $3 $18 Nd4 18. Nxe7+ $1 Rxe7 19. Bxg4 Nc2 20.
Bg5 Nxe1 21. Rxe1 f6 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Bxc8 b6 24. Bf5 $18 1-0

Online Game #115
White: Mike Serovey Black: Jackson1754

1. Nf3 d6 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e5 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O


Réti Opening after 5... O-O.

Réti Opening after 5… O-O.

Here I had a choice of playing the Réti or transposing into an English Opening with C4 or transposing into a Kings Indian Attack with e4. I chose the former.

6. C4 Nc6 7. Nc3 Bf5

Réti Opening after 7... Bf5.

Réti Opening after 7… Bf5.

Here I thought about playing 8. Nh4 to force the Bishop on f5 to move or capture it. I then thought about following that up with 9. Qa4 to put pressure on the Knight at c6 and try to win a Pawn. I decided instead to play a nice, safe waiting move. I also considered playing 8. Qb3 to put pressure on the b Pawn but didn’t see much there after Rb8.

8. a3 Qd7 9. Re1! Bh3 10. Bh1 Rfe8 11. Ng5 Qf5?

Réti Opening after 11... Qf5?

Réti Opening after 11… Qf5?

Black loses a tempo after my capture on h3. My earlier maneuvers allowed me to keep my Light-squared Bishop and now I’m threatening to capture Black’s Bishop on h3. Although Black has a lead in development here I believe that White is better.

12. Nxh3 Qxh3 13. Bg2 Qf5 (This is the second time the Black Queen is on this square.) 14. e4 Qg4?

Réti Opening after 14... Qg4?

Réti Opening after 14… Qg4?

(Why trade the Queen that has already moved 3 times for one that has not moved yet?)
15. Qxg4 Nxg4 16. Nd5! Rac8 17. Bh3!!

Réti Opening after 17. Bh3!!

Réti Opening after 17. Bh3!!

White wins at least a piece here. Black wants to fork my rooks with his Knight, but I have a few surprises for him when he does. Moving my Knight to d5 is quite common in positions where I have my pawns on c4 and e4.

Nd4 18. Nxe7+! Rxe7 19. Bxg4 Nc2

Réti Opening after 19... Nc2.

Réti Opening after 19… Nc2.

I saw this position when I played my move 17. My next move threatens both of Black’s Rooks while protecting both of mine. Here I win material no matter what Black does.

20. Bg5! Nxe1 21. Rxe1 f6

Réti Opening after 21... f6.

Réti Opening after 21… f6.

If I move my Bishop on g5 then Black saves his Rook on c8. Because I’m going to trade a Bishop for a Rook anyway I decided to capture a Pawn too!

22. Bxf6! gxf6 23. Bxc8 b6 24. Bf5 Black Resigns

Réti Opening after 24. Bf5 (Final position).

Réti Opening after 24. Bf5 (Final position).

Although I’m up a Bishop and a Pawn, because this is still a closed position, I thought that Black’s resignation was a bit premature here. By keeping all of his pawns on dark squares Black could keep my Bishop from capturing them and render the Bishop little more than a tall Pawn. Keeping the position closed might give Black drawing chances.  

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