Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mike Serovey Loses To Stano

Here is one of my games against Stano, aka Stanislav Szabo. This game was played at Stan's Net Chess back in 2005. This game is one of several losses to Stano. This time I played the English Opening, Botvinnik System and moved too quickly when Stano offered a Bishop sacrifice. Oh, well. Live and learn! The complete game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "Game 311864"]
[Site "Stan's NetChess"]
[Date "2005.06.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "mserovey"]
[Black "Stano"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 d6 2. c4 Nc6 3. h3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Nge2 e5 8. O-OBe6 9. d3 Qd7 10. Kh2 a6 11. f4 exf4 12. gxf4 g6 13. Be3 Bg4 14. hxg4 Nxg4+ 15.Kh1 Nxe3 16. Qd2 Nxf1 17. Rxf1 Qg4 18. Nd5 Bd8 19. Rf3 Re8 20. f5 Ne5 21. Rg3Qh4+ 22. Rh3 Nf3 23. Rxh4 Nxd2 24. Rg4 c6 25. Ndf4 g5 26. Nh5 d5 27. cxd5 cxd528. Nc3 dxe4 29. Nxe4 Nxe4 30. Bxe4 Rc8 31. Bxb7 Rc1+ 32. Rg1 Ree1 33. Rxe1Rxe1+ 34. Kg2 Re2+ 35. Kf3 Rxb2 36. Bxa6 Rxa2 37. Bc4 Rh2 38. Ng3 Rh4 39. Bd5 h540. Be4 Rh2 41. Nf1 g4+ 0-1

Monday, June 18, 2007

Mike Serovey Defeats Okie901

Here is one of my games played at Stan's Net Chess. It was played back in 2004 and was my first win against Okie901. The second one I won on forfeit and may post later. I need to take a look at that second game and see if it is worth posting. This game is one in which I played the White side of the Réti Opening and won when I was about to go up my third pawn in an endgame. The entire game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "Game 233154"]
[Site "Stan's NetChess"]
[Date "2004.02.11"]
[Round "?"]
[White "mserovey"]
[Black "okie901"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Qa4+ Nc6 4. Qxc4 Nf6 5. g3 e6 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8.d3 Bd7 9. Bg5 Rc8 10. Nbd2 h6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Ne4 Qe7 13. a3 Ne5 14. Nxe5 Bxe515. Rab1 Bc6 16. b4 f5 17. Nc5 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Rf6 19. Nxb7 Rg6 20. f4 Bd6 21.Nxd6 Qxd6 22. Qc5 Qd5+ 23. Qxd5 exd5 24. Rbc1 h5 25. Rc5 c6 26. Rfc1 Re6 27. Kf3Rce8 28. R1c2 Re3+ 29. Kf2 h4 30. Rxc6 hxg3+ 31. hxg3 R3e7 32. Rc8 Rxc8 33.Rxc8+ Kf7 34. Rc5 Rd7 35. b5 Ke6 36. d4 Rb7 37. a4 g6 38. Rc6+ Kf7 39. Rd6 1-0

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Some Random Thoughts on Chess

I don't have any games to post at this time. I still have two correspondence chess games going at ICC, but otherwise I haven't been playing lately. Other things have taken higher priority. I got to thinking about the chess goals that I posted back in December or January and I realize that I am not making much progress toward them. My recent losses have pulled my correspondence chess rating down, so I need to win both of my remaining games just to make up the points. I haven't played any games at Stan's Net Chess so I'm not making any progress toward getting a 2200 rating there. I would probably need to win 6 or 7 games in a row without any losses in order to reach 2200 points. I'm not sure that I can do that the way that I have been playing lately. I tend to move too quickly, even in correspondence chess games. As a result I tend to blunder. Almost every single game that I have lost was due to my missing something that I should have seen. On occasion, I lose because my opponent played a brilliant move. Most of the time, I just blunder away a piece or too many pawns.

I haven't been playing any OTB chess lately because I can't afford to. There are no chess clubs in my county that I know of and all of the tournaments are an hour away by car. I have to drive to either St. Petersburg or Orlando in order to play in an OTB tournament. That means gas at about $3 per gallon and the entry fees. Unfortunately, I just can't afford to play now. So, I play online because it is cheaper. However, I do miss the human contact that I get with OTB play. I also miss being part of a chess team like I was in high school.

Back in high school I was part of a team that dominated Hillsborough County and even the state of Florida. We won the state high school championship 6 years in a row if I am correct about this. We won the Region 4 (Southeastern) High School Championship 3 years in a row. We didn't fair so well at nationals, though. I miss going over my games with my teammates, especially when I won. I miss the fun things that we did between rounds at tournaments and the non chess things that we did together. Now, when I play I am on my own.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Mike Serovey Loses To McNiff Again

This is my second correspondence game against McNiff played at ICC. This time I had White and played the Botvinnik system. I transposed into it from a Sicilian defense. McNiff now has a 4-0 record in correspondence chess at ICC. My record after 20 games is nowhere near as good! The complete game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2007Quad.04.09"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.03.07"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Black "McNiff"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[Opening "English: symmetrical, Botvinnik system"]
[ECO "B20"]
[NIC "EO.30"]
[Time "20:54:28"]

1. e4 c5 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. d3 O-O 7. Nge2 d6 8.O-O Bg4 9. h3 Bxe2 10. Nxe2 Qb6 11. Nc3 e6 12. Rb1 Nd7 13. Be3 Bd4 14. Bxd4cxd4 15. Ne2 a5 16. f4 Nc5 17. a3 Qb3 18. Nc1 Qxd1 19. Rxd1 a4 20. g4 e5 21.f5 Rfb8 22. g5 b5 23. cxb5 Rxb5 24. f6 h6 25. h4 hxg5 26. hxg5 Rab8 27. Rd2Na5 28. Na2 Nab3 29. Rdd1 Na6 30. Bf1 Rc5 31. Nc1 Rc2 32. Nxb3 axb3 33. Rdc1Nc5 34. Re1 Na4 35. Re2 Rbc8 {White resigns} 0-1