Thursday, May 03, 2007

Mike Serovey Loses To McNiff

I recently completed another correspondence chess game at ICC. This is the first time that I have played McNiff and his first completed correspondence chess game. I tried to play the Cambridge Springs defense but my opponent avoided it by not playing Bg5. So, I transposed into a Queens Gambit Declined, semi-Slav: Meran, Reynolds' variation. I used MCO - 14 to guide me through the opening but my opponent got me out of my book on move 10. It didn't take me long to get into trouble in an opening that I don't know and then to lose! The complete game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2007Quad.04.10"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.03.07"]
[Round "-"]
[White "McNiff"]
[Black "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "QGD semi-Slav: Meran, Reynolds' variation"]
[ECO "D48"]
[NIC "SL.09"]
[Time "20:54:28"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9. e4 c5 10. d5 exd5 11. e5 Ng4 12. Bg5 f6 13. exf6 Ndxf6 14. h3 Nh615. O-O Be7 16. Re1 O-O 17. Nxd5 Nxd5 18. Be4 Bb7 19. Bxe7 Nxe7 20. Bxb7Qxd1 21. Raxd1 Rae8 22. Bxa6 b4 23. Bb5 {Black resigns} 1-0

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