Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mike Serovey Draws Arno Nolting, A Chess Master!

I found an old game played back in February 1992. This is one of two games in which I managed to draw a master in tournament play. In both games I had White. The entire game, with analysis and diagrams, is at A few months after this game was played I was at another tournament with USCF Life Master Tom Stiers and Tom asked Arno how it was that he managed to draw a 1600. Anro was rated over 2300 at that time. Arno responded that he didn't know. It just happened. In Round Two of this tournament I played another master and lost in 23 moves. In Round Three I played an unrated player and won. In Round Four I played another 1600 and lost. My opponent played the Bird's Opening in that game and I didn't know how to play against it then. It appears that tournament only had four rounds.

Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "Orlando Tornado"]
[Site "Orlando, FL"]
[Date "1992.02.29"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Mike Serovey"]
[Black "Arno Nolting"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Rb1 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Rb5 b6 11. d4 Ba6 12. Rb1 Rc8 13. Be3 cxd4 14. Nxd4 Na5 15. Re1 Rxc3 16. Nb5 Bxb5 17. Rxb5 Qxd1 18. Rxd1 Rc2 19. Rd7 Rxe2 20. Rxa7 Nc4 21. Rxe7 Bd4 22. Rb3 Re1+ 23. Bf1 Bxe3 24. fxe3 Nd2 25. Rb2 Nxf1 26. Kf2 Rxe3 27. Rxe3 Nxe3 28. Kxe3 Rb8 29. a4 Kf8 30. Kd4 Ke7 31. Kd5 Ra8 32. Rb4 Kd7 33. Rxb6 Ra5+ 34. Rb5 Rxa4 35. Rb7+ Ke8 36. Kd6 Kf8 37. Ke5 Ra2 38. h4 Rf2 39. Rb8+ Kg7 40. Rb3 h5 41. Ke4 Kh6 42. Ke3 Rf5 43. Rb6 f6 44. Rc6 g5 45. hxg5+ Kxg5 46. Rc4 Rf1 47. Ke2 Rf5 48. Rd4 Re5+ 49. Kf3 f5 50. Rd8 Re4 51. Rg8+ Kf6 52. Rh8 Kg6 53. Rg8+ Kh7 54. Rg5 Rg4 55. Rxf5 Kg6 56. Ra5 Rb4 57. Rc5 Ra4 58. Rb5 {Draw Agreed} 1/2-1/2

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