Saturday, March 31, 2007

Mike Serovey Loses To Thomas Cook

Here is another old game from 1993. It is against a strong expert. I played the Black side of a Benko Gambit and failed to play the best moves in the opening. I traded a Bishop and Knight for a Rook and pawn which turned out to be an error because I was already down a pawn before this exchange. The bigger problem was that I weakened my Kingside by trading off the Bishop and I put White's Queen on the long diagonal from a1 to h8. I was able to stop White's mate threats but is shattered my pawn structure and led to the loss of two pawns. In the final position I was down two connected passed pawns so I resigned. The entire game, complete with analysis and diagrams, can be found at This was Round 1. I lost Round 2, drew Round 3, and I don't have any further rounds in my score book. Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "Cheapo Class"]
[Site "Florida"]
[Date "1993.06.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Thomas Cook"]
[Black "Mike Serovey"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. f3 g6 6. e4 d6 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. a4 axb59. Bxb5+ Bd7 10. Nge2 O-O 11. O-O Na6 12. Bg5 Nc7 13. Bc4 Ra7 14. Nc1 Qa8 15. b3Re8 16. Nd3 Nfxd5 17. Nxd5 Bxa1 18. Qxa1 Nxd5 19. exd5 Bf5 20. Bh6 f6 21. Nf2Kf7 22. g4 Bc8 23. Ne4 Ba6 24. Bxa6 Rxa6 25. g5 Qxd5 26. gxf6 Qd4+ 27. Qxd4 cxd428. fxe7 Rxe7 29. Rd1 Rb7 30. Rd3 Ke6 31. Bf4 Kd5 32. Nc3+ Ke6 33. Nb5 Rf7 34.Bg3 Kd7 35. Kf2 Rf6 36. Rxd4 h5 37. Bxd6 Rfxd6 38. Rxd6+ Rxd6 39. Nxd6 Kxd6 40.Ke3 {Black resigned} 1-0

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