Welcome to my Réti Opening (ECO A04) ICC online game with ThreeofSeven 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 was a correspondence game played at ICC. My opponent’s real name is Dave and he is from Castle Rock, Colorado. Like I am, he is LDS. This is my second victory over Dave. The ratings for each player are those at the conclusion of this game. I now live in Colorado Springs, which is a little south of Castle Rock, Colorado. I have no clue if Dave still lives in Castle Rock, Colorado. Eventually, my correspondence chess rating on ICC went over 1700 points and then I stopped playing cc chess there because I was having too many problems getting paired and with opponents exceeding the time controls.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.03”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2008.05.24”]
[Round “-“]
[White “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Black “ThreeofSeven”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black resigns”]
[Opening “Réti opening”]
[ECO “A04”]
[NIC “QP.10”]
[Time “11:13:08”]

  1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Ne1 Bd7 9. h3 Rc8 10. f4 b5 11. Nef3 Qb6 12. Kh2 a5 13. a4 b4 14. e5 Ne8 15. Re1 e6 16. exd6 Nxd6 17. Ne5 Nf5 18. Nxd7 Qc7 19. Nxf8 Rxf8 20. Nc4 Ncd4 21. c3 bxc3 22. bxc3 Nc6 23. Bd2 Rd8 24. Qc2 h5 25. Rab1 h4 26. gxh4 Nxh4 27. Be4 g5 28. Rb6 Nb8 29. Rb7 Qc8 30. Nb6 {Black resigns} 1-0

Correspondence Chess Game
ICC
Dates Played: 24 May 2008 to 2 July 2008
White: Mike Serovey (1611) Black: ThreeofSeven (1555)

1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. Ne1 Bd7

Réti opening after 8... Bd7.

Réti opening after 8… Bd7.

I originally planned to play 9. f4 but changed my mind because I was concerned about 9… Qc8 and 10… Bh3.

9. h3 Rc8 10. f4 b5 11. Nef3 Qb6

Réti opening after 11... Qb6.

Réti opening after 11… Qb6.

Black has a lead in development and what looks like a strong queenside attack going. White has more space in the Center and on the Kingside. Black is threatening to play c4+ which White can block with 12. Rf2.I didn’t like having the Rook pinned to the King so I just moved the King out of harm’s way.

12. Kh2 a5 13. a4 b4 14. e5 Ne8 15. Re1 e6 16. exd6 Nxd6 17. Ne5

Réti opening after 17. Ne5.

Réti opening after 17. Ne5.

Here is where Black made a costly mistake. White is threatening the unprotected Bishop at d7 and Black misses it.

Nf5?? 18. Nxd7 Qc7 19. Nxf8 Rxf8

Réti opening after 19... Rxf8.

Réti opening after 19… Rxf8.

Black is now down a whole Rook. I expected him to resign here but he insisted on making me play this game out. I have no idea why some people insist on playing out lost games!

20. Nc4 Ncd4 21. c3 bxc3 22. bxc3 Nc6 23. Bd2 Rd8

Réti opening after 23... Rd8.

Réti opening after 23… Rd8.

Black is down a Rook so he now tries to get some of his lost material back by putting pressure on the White pawn at d3. His efforts fail, though. So, his next attempt is to get some play on the Kingside.

24. Qc2 h5 25. Rab1 h4 26. gxh4 Nxh4

Réti opening after  26... Nxh4.

Réti opening after 26… Nxh4.

Black puts some pressure on g2. I was tempted to trade down into a won endgame by plying 27. Bxc6 but I didn’t like the idea of both the Black Knight and Queen aiming at g2. The White Rook on the open b file is about to cause some trouble for Black.

27. Be4 g5? 28. Rb6!!

Réti Opening after  28. Rb6!!

Réti Opening after 28. Rb6!!

No matter where Black puts his Knight on c6 he is going to lose material after 29. Rb7 or pawn takes Knight. His only saving move is to play 28… Rd5!. If White plays 29. Bxd5 then 29… exd5 and the Knight protecting the Rook at b6 is hanging. After 30. Rxc6 Qxc6 31. Nxa5 White is up a Rook and a pawn but needs to be wary of 31… Qa8 followed by 32… d4 with threats on g2 and f3. So, after 28… Rd5! White needs to play 29. Reb1 with play on the b file.

Nb8?? 29. Rb7! Qc8 30. Nb6!! 1-0

Réti Opening after  30. Nb6!! (Final position).

Réti Opening after 30. Nb6!! (Final position).

Black can’t save his Queen. After 30… Qxb7 31. Bxb7 Black will be down a whole Queen.

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