Welcome to my Réti Opening (ECO A04) game with  Matt Register page!

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

The game includes analysis and diagrams. This game was an easy win for me and will only interest low rated players who want to know how not to play against stronger players. This game clearly shows some of the differences between a beginner and someone who has been playing for more than 30 years.

[Event “Tampa Bay Spring Open”]
[Site “Tampa, Florida”]
[Date “2011.04.30”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Matt Register”]
[Black “Mike Serovey”]
[Result “0-1”]

1.Nf3 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Be2 c5 5. O-O Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. b3 Nf6 9. d3 O-O 10. Ba3 a6 11. d4 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 Bxe4 13. dxc5 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 Bxa1 15. Rxa1 Qa5 16. cxd6 Qxa3 17. dxe7 Qxe7 18. a3 Rfe8 19. Qd1 Rad8 20. Qc1 Qe2 21. h3 Rd2 22. Qf1 Qxf1+ 23. Kxf1 Ree2 24. g3 Rxc2 25. Rc1 Rxf2+ 26. Ke1 Rxc1+ 27. Kxf2 Rc3 28. b4 Rxa3 29. h4 a5 30. bxa5 Rxa5 31. g4 f5 32. g5 Ra4 33. Kg3 Rg4+ 34. Kh3 b5 35. Kh2 b4 36. Kh3 b3 37. Kh2 b2 38. Kh3 b1=Q 39. Kh2 Qg1+ 40. Kh3 Qg2# 0-1

Tampa Bay Spring Open
Perkins’s Restaurant
Tampa, Florida
Round 1, Board 4
Game Played: 30 April 2011
White: Matt Register (687) Black: Mike Serovey (1500)

 1. Nf3 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. e4 d6 4. Be2 c5

Réti Opening after 4... c5.

Réti Opening after 4… c5.

This game started off as a Réti Opening versus a Modern Defense but now looks more like a closed Sicilian. I could tell by the look on Matt’s face that he doesn’t have much experience with this position.

5. O-O Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6

Réti Opening after 7... Bxc6.

Réti Opening after 7… Bxc6.

This is White’s first mistake. He moved his Bishop three times just to trade it for a Knight. This is a waste of time. It is better to move each piece once before moving a piece twice. In the opening, don’t move a piece twice without a good reason to.

8. b3 Nf6 9. d3 O-O 10. Ba3 a6 11. d4?

Réti Opening after 11. d4?

Réti Opening after 11. d4?

This move is a mistake for two reasons. First, it drops a pawns and second, it moves a pawn twice in the opening, which wastes time again.

Nxe4 12. Nxe4 Bxe4 13. dxc5??

Réti Opening after 13. dxc5??

Réti Opening after 13. dxc5??

White’s last move is his third mistake in this game and first real blunder. It drops a Rook for a Bishop. I captured on f3 first in order to take the Queen away from guarding the Rook at a1. That way, White’s Queen is not on the long diagonal from a1 to h8.

Bxf3! 14. Qxf3 Bxa1 15. Rxa1 Qa5

Réti Opening after 15... Qa5.

Réti Opening after 15… Qa5.

White’s next move is yet another blunder! Black is threatening to capture the White Bishop on a3 and White somehow misses this. Capturing on b7 is no better. After 16. Bb2 I was planning to play 16… Qxc5.

16. cxd6 Qxa3 17. dxe7 Qxe7

Réti Opening after 17... Qxe7.

Réti Opening after 17… Qxe7.

Black is now up a Rook for a pawn. White made me play this one out all the way to checkmate.  Although you can’t win or draw by resigning, why insult a higher rated player by making him play out a game in which you are clearly lost? Is it just to learn how to win?

18. a3 Rfe8 19. Qd1 Rad8 20. Qc1 Qe2

Réti Opening after 20... Qe2.

Réti Opening after 20… Qe2.

Black is now going to double up on White’s second rank and then grab some White pawns. Trading rooks or queens after this point favors Black because he is up material. Whenever down material it is best to get rid of all of the pawns. In this case it doesn’t matter because Black is up a whole Rook.

21. h3 Rd2 22. Qf1 Qxf1+ 23. Kxf1 Ree2

Réti Opening after 23... Ree2.

Réti Opening after 23… Ree2.

I could have grabbed the pawn at c2 but decided to stick with my original plan to double the rooks on White’s second rank. No matter what, White pawns are going to fall!

24. g3 Rxc2 25. Rc1 Rxf2+ 26. Ke1 Rxc1+ 27. Kxf2 Rc3

Réti Opening after 27... Rc3.

Réti Opening after 27… Rc3.

Black is now up a Rook and pawn and at least one more White pawn is going down. At this point, Black can actually sacrifice his Rook for a pawn and still have a won endgame. Now, I’m just looking for the fastest win.

28. b4 Rxa3 29. h4 a5 30. bxa5 Rxa5 31. g4 f5 32. g5 Ra4

Réti Opening after 32... Ra4.

Réti Opening after 32… Ra4.

Black is now up a Rook and two passed pawns. It was my intention to keep the White King trapped on the Kingside and queen the b pawn. White was nice enough to cooperate.

33. Kg3 Rg4+ 34. Kh3 b5 35. Kh2 b4 36. Kh3 b3 37. Kh2 b2 38. Kh3 b1=Q 39. Kh2 Qg1+ 40. Kh3 Qg2# 0-1

Réti Opening after 40... Qg2# (Final position).

Réti Opening after 40… Qg2# (Final position).

Black also checkmates with 40… Qg3# and 40… Qh1#.

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