Welcome to my Réti Opening (ECO A05) game with Tim (Kingfisher)  page!

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

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This is the first game that I finished at Stan’s Net Chess. My rating at this became 2121 after this win. Sometimes, Stan’s Net Chess will give me the full, real name of my opponent. In this case I just got Tim. I believe that this is the only game that I played against Kingfisher.

Correspondence Game
Stan’s Net Chess
Game Ended 5 Feb 2004
White: Mike Serovey (Unrated) Black: Tim -Kingfisher (1779)


1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. c4


Réti Opening after 3. c4.

Réti Opening after 3. c4.

Here I’m hoping that Black will play 3… d4 which will allow me to transpose into a Reversed Benoni. He sidesteps that idea. When I have been allowed to go into the Reversed Benoni I usually win. I have one or two losses in correspondence chess with a Revered Benko Gambit, but I will still play it when I can.

Bg4 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. b3 Nf6 6. O-O e5 7. d3 h6 8. Bb2

Réti Opening after 8. Bb2.

Réti Opening after 8. Bb2.

Now, instead of a Reversed Benoni we have transposed into a more traditional Réti Opening. I have become quite fond of the double fianchetto. Many inexperienced players tend to miss the bishops on the long diagonal and end up dropping something.

8… Bd6 9. Nbd2 e4

Réti Opening after 9... e4.

Réti Opening after 9… e4.

Now, because the Black King is still in the Center it is time to open up the Center and try to exchange Queens.

10. dxe4 dxe4 11. Bxf6!

Réti Opening after 11 Bxf6!

Réti Opening after 11 Bxf6!

This wins at least a Pawn! If 11… Qxf6 then 12. Nxe4 forks the Queen and Bishop winning the Bishop on d6. There are similar exchanges in other openings such as the Max Lange Attack.

gxf6 12. Nxe4 Bxf3

Réti Opening after 12... Bxf3.

Réti Opening after 12… Bxf3.

Black can’t save the Bishop on d6 so he decided to trade the Bishop for the Knight on f3 too. Avoid trading pieces when down material. You want to trade pawns instead.

13. Nxd6+! (Wins both Bishops.) Kf8 14. Bxf3 Kg7

Réti Opening after 14... Kg7.

Réti Opening after 14… Kg7.

Black has “castled by hand” and White is up a Bishop and a Pawn. So, I decided to mop up on the Queenside and to try to force the exchange of Queens.

15. Nxb7 (Wins a Pawn & exchanges Knights.) Qc7 16. Qd6!

Réti Opening after 16. Qd6!

Réti Opening after 16. Qd6!

Now, Black has to trade Queens and Knights. White is now up a Bishop and 2 Pawns here.

Rac8 17. Bxc6! (Forces the exchanges that I want.) Qxd6 18. Nxd6 Rxc6 19. Rfd1 Rd8?

Réti Opening after 19... Rd8?

Réti Opening after 19… Rd8?

I cannot believe that Black walked right into this trap.!

20. Nf5+! (Wins the Rook for a Knight after Kg6.) Kh7?? (Loses the Rook outright.) 21. Rxd8 h5 22. Rd6 Rc7 23. Rxf6 Rd7 24. Rh6+ Kg8 25. Rxh5 f6 26. e4 Rd6??

Réti Opening after 26... Rd6??

Réti Opening after 26… Rd6??

The final blunder!

27. Nxd6 1-0

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