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tryfon 58 ( +1 | -1 )
English Opening Hi all

I quite enjoyed this game which was my first win against Poland - a very high ranking team - their board 2 player.

It demonstrates how nice it is to play the English opening with the White pieces. White simply gained space, and later got a dangerous pawn to f6. This led to winning a piece due to Blacks king being in grave danger.

1. c4 e5
2. Nc3 Nf6
3. g3 Nc6
4. Bg2 d6
5. e4 Be6
6. d3 Be7
7. Ng-e2 O-O
8. O-O Re8
9. h3 Qd7
10. Kh2 a5
11. f4 Qd8
12. f5 Bc8
13. g4 h6
14. Ng3 Nd4
15. Nd5 Nxd5
16. exd5 Bd7
17. Ne4 h5
18. Be3 hxg4
19. hxg4 a4
20. Bxd4 exd4
21. Qd2 a3
22. b3 Bf6
23. g5 Be5+
24. Kg1 c6
25. f6 g6
26. Qf2 Bg4
27. Qh4 Bh5
28. Bf3 cxd5
29. cxd5 Kh7
30. Bxh5 Rh8
31. Bg4+ Kg8
32. Qf2 Qa5
33. Ra-c1 Qxd5
34. Qf3 Qb5
35. Rf2 d5
36. Nc5 Rh4
37. Bd7 Qb6
38. Qxd5 Bg3
39. Rg2

Black decided to forfeit on time here, but who can blame him!

Best wishes
peppe_l 111 ( +1 | -1 )
Good game Thematic play, I can see you have studied your English :-)

Your opponent played very passive setup, IMO for example 4...Bc5 was more promising (or 3...d5 etc). Transposing to Botvinnik system was possible too, although after 2...Nf6 black can no longer play Nge7, preparing f5. For example 6...g6 7.Nge2 Bg7 and it is not so easy to find counterplay against f4 etc. Also after 9.h3 Be6-Qd7 was mistimed because it only ended up losing two tempis...

One trick - if black has played Nc6-d6-Be6-Nf6, thematic way to exploit it is Nd5! The point is black cant play Nxd5?? and Bxd5 gives up two bishops. Also after Nd5! you can play Be3 safely because black cant use the same idea - Nd4 Nxd4...

There were some other moves I might have preferred, like 14.Be3 (to prevent Nd4 and prepare g5 break). Also I am not so sure was the attack going forward so harmoniously all the time, for example after 16...Bg5! it is not so easy to see how to make further progress. Also I expected c6 sooner, since a4-a3 really wasnt promising much.

I only had a somewhat brief look at the game so cant offer any detailed analysis, but anyway...its nice to see I am not the only English player here :-)