Tuesday, July 25, 2006

My Win against CDGuyHall

I have been playing correspondence chess online at ICC and have finished all but one game. I may end up losing that last game but I am playing on anyways. Here is my only win from the latest ICC correspondence games.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2006SC18QF.02.18"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2006.05.02"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Black "CDGuyHall"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "English, Kramnik-Shirov counterattack"]
[ECO "A21"]
[NIC "EO.23"]
[Time "22:59:49"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. a3 Bxc3 4. bxc3 Nc6 5. d4 d5 6. e3 e4 7. cxd5 Qxd5 8.
c4 Qg5 9. f4 exf3 10. Nxf3 Qd8 11. Be2 Nf6 12. O-O Ne4 13. Qc2 Bf5 14. Bd3
Qe7 15. d5 Ne5 16. Nxe5 Qxe5 17. Bb2 Qe7 18. Rxf5 {Black resigns} 1-0

This was a rather quick win for me because Black blundered on move 15 and allowed me to win a piece. At the point where Black resigned he had all kinds of material hanging. You can view the complete game, with diagrams and analysis at http://www.mikeseroveyonchess.com/GuyHall-English.html.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

My Game with Houle

ICC has tournaments that run every Tuesday night for 4 weeks. I entered the one for July and took a bye in Round 1 becuse it was on July 4 and I wanted to watch the fireworks. I lost Round 2 becuse I played too quickly at critical points in the game. Round 3 was played on July 18, 2006. I got disconnected from the ICC server almost imediately after Black completed move 22. The interface that I use to play on ICC is BlitzIn 2.5. I heard "Uh oh" and noticed that my timer was no longer counting down. I saw a message that said that my opponent was inactive so I incorrectly assumed the he was the one who got disconnected and waited about 20 minutes for him to reconnect. Eventually, I discovered that I was disconnected from the ICC server and reconnected. I tried to finish the game but was unable to. One of the problems was that I had BlitzIn set to count a disconnect as a forfiet loss. I got an email from the server that told me that I had lost on forfeit after I had claimed a win by mistake! I changed my settings so that disconnects no longer counts as losses. I also notified the ICC tournament director about my mistake. I am still hoping that my opponent will allow me to finsh this game because I hate to lose on a technical problem! I have a cable modem so my Internet connection is always on when I have my computer on! Here is the game score:

[Event "ICC 60 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2006.07.18"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Black "Houle"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White got disconnected and forfeits"]
[WhiteElo "1549"]
[BlackElo "1574"]
[Opening "English: Sicilian reversed"]
[ECO "A25"]
[NIC "EO.20"]
[Time "20:13:47"]
[TimeControl "3600+0"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. e4 Be6 7. Nd5 h6 8. Ne2
fxe4 9. dxe4 Be7 10. O-O O-O 11. f4 Na5 12. b3 c6 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. f5 Bf7
15. Ba3 Be7 16. g4 b5 17. cxb5 cxb5 18. Qd2 Qb6+ 19. Kh1 Rab8 20. Rfd1 b4
21. Bc1 Rfd8 22. Qe3 Qb7 {White got disconnected and forfeits} 0-1

This game, complete with my analysis and diagrams can be found at http://www.mikeseroveyonchess.com/Houle-English.html.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Mike Serovey Loses To Alex Colins Playing The Pirc Defense

I am continuing to lose games that I could have won or drawn! I'm still moving too fast at certain points in the game. The complete game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at http://www.mikeseroveyonchess.com/Alex-Colins-Pirc.html. If this losing streak continues I will not play in any big money tournaments until I start winning more consistently.

Here is the game in PGN format:

[Event "ICC 60 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2006.07.11"]
[Round "2"]
[White "alexcolins"]
[Black "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "1807"]
[BlackElo "1555"]
[Opening "Pirc: classical, h3 system"]
[ECO "B08"]
[NIC "PU.10"]
[Time "20:00:16"]
[TimeControl "3600+0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 d6 4. e4 Bg7 5. h3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. dxc5 dxc5 8.
Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bxc5 Nc6 10. Bd3 b6 11. Be3 Bb7 12. O-O-O e6 13. Rhe1 Rac8 14.
Bg5 Re8 15. Bb5 h6 16. Bh4 a6 17. Ba4 b5 18. Bb3 Na5 19. e5 Nh7 20. Kb1 Nxb3
21. axb3 g5 22. Bg3 Red8 23. Rd6 Bf8 24. Rxd8 Rxd8 25. Rd1 Rxd1+ 26. Nxd1
Bg7 27. Ne1 Nf8 28. Ne3 Nd7 29. Nd3 Be4 30. f4 gxf4 31. Bxf4 Bxd3 32. cxd3
Nxe5 33. Bxe5 Bxe5 34. Kc2 f5 35. Nf1 h5 36. Nd2 Kg7 37. Nf3 Bf6 38. d4 Kf7
39. Kc3 Be7 40. Kd3 Kf6 41. Ne5 Bd6 42. Nd7+ Kg5 43. Nc5 Bxc5 44. dxc5 Kf6
45. Kc3 e5 46. Kd3 Ke6 47. b4 Kd5 48. b3 Kc6 49. g3 Kd5 50. Ke3 Kc6 51. Kf3
Kd5 52. g4 fxg4+ 53. hxg4 hxg4+ 54. Kxg4 e4 55. Kf4 e3 56. Kxe3 Ke5 57. Ke2
Kd5 58. Kf3 Ke5 59. Kg4 Ke6 60. Kf4 Kd5 61. Kf5 Kc6 62. Ke6 Kc7 63. Kd5 Kd7
64. c6+ Kc7 65. Kc5 {Black resigns} 1-0

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Boylston Chess Club Weblog: Other Chess Blogs

This chess blog is listed at the Boylston Chess Club's blog. So, I decided to return the favor and post a link to them in my chess blog. Also, this link will give you a pretty thorough list of other chess blogs that you may want to visit!

Boylston Chess Club Weblog: Other Chess Blogs