Thursday, January 03, 2008

Mike Serovey Defeats Sean McKinney

This is the last of my correspondence chess games played at ICC. It was this game, and 3 others like it, that caused me to decide not to play anymore correspondence chess games at ICC. This is the fourth game that I should have won on time forfeit and the fourth time that my opponent got off with just a warning and extra time to play the game! I believe that is cheating and I am not going to put up with it anymore! My opponent's rating at the start of this game was 1590 and it dropped to 1541 by the end of this game. Mine went up to 1595, only 6 rating points away from reaching my goal of going over 1600 rating points! I need one more win and no losses to reach my goal. However, if I continue to play correspondence chess games at ICC I am going to continue to have this problem of people getting away with cheating!

I got outplayed in the opening and went down the exchange and 2 pawns. Then a few moves later my opponent gave back the material. Then I blundered away 3 pawns only to have White return them in a sacrifice. I managed to win the endgame and White resigned. This game is one of the few times that I have won playing the Black side of the Réti. The complete game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN. My record in this section is 2 wins and 4 losses.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2007Seven.02.21"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.08.25"]
[Round "-"]
[White "az2112"]
[Black "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[Opening "Réti: King's Indian attack"]
[ECO "A05"]
[NIC "EO.26"]
[Time "18:02:54"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. c4 c5 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Nc6 8.Nc3 a6 9. c5 Ne8 10. Bxc6 dxc6 11. Nxc6 Qc7 12. Nd5 Qd7 13. Ncxe7+ Kh8 14.Nb6 Qxe7 15. Nxa8 Bh3 16. Re1 Qxc5 17. Be3 Qc6 18. f3 Nf6 19. Rc1 Qe6 20.Bf2 Rxa8 21. Rc7 b5 22. Qc2 Qxa2 23. g4 h5 24. g5 Nd5 25. Rxf7 Be6 26. Qxg6Bxf7 27. Qxf7 Rf8 28. Qxh5+ Kg8 29. g6 Nf6 30. Qh4 Qxb2 31. Bd4 Qc2 32. e4Qd3 33. e5 Qxg6+ {White resigns} 0-1

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