Friday, July 18, 2008

Mike Serovey Defeats Sean McKinney for a Second Time

Here is another ICC correspondence chess game I recently finished. I attempted to play the Max Lange attack but got steered into a Two Knights defense instead. Black played a Queen sacrifice that turned out to be unsound and was down material when he resigned. This win gives me a plus record at ICC and my highest correspondence chess rating so far.

This game, complete with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.05"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.05.24"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Black "az2112"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "Two knights defense"]
[ECO "C56"]
[NIC "KP.02"]
[Time "11:13:08"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5
8. Nc3 Qa5 9. Rxe4+ Be6 10. Nxd4 O-O-O 11. Be3 Nxd4 12. Rxd4 Bb4 13. Ne4
Rxd4 14. Qxd4 Rd8 15. Qxg7 Qd5 16. Ng3 h5 17. Qh7 Qd1+ 18. Rxd1 Rxd1+ 19.
Nf1 Bc4 20. Qf5+ Kb8 21. h4 Bd6 22. g3 Rxf1+ 23. Kg2 Rd1 24. Qxh5
{Black resigns} 1-0


Friday, July 04, 2008

Mike Serovey Defeats ThreeofSeven Yet Again

I finished my third game with ThreeofSeven yesterday. This is an interesting game because my opponent was threatening a mate in one for about 10 moves but never got to play the mating move because his own King was too exposed to my checks. He made me play this one out to checkmate instead of resigning. This is my third win against ThreeofSeven and it gives me my highest correspondence rating so far.

The game, complete with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.04"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.05.24"]
[Round "-"]
[White "ThreeofSeven"]
[Black "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White checkmated"]
[Opening "Modern defense: Averbakh system"]
[ECO "B06"]
[NIC "KF.04"]
[Time "11:13:08"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 c6 5. b3 c5 6. Nge2 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Qa5 8.
Bb2 Nc6 9. Ne2 Nf6 10. f3 O-O 11. Rc1 Bd7 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Ng4 14. Qd2
Bh6 15. f4 e5 16. g3 exf4 17. gxf4 Rfe8 18. Be2 Qh5 19. Bxg4 Qxg4 20. Qd4
Qg2 21. Ne2 Qxh1+ 22. Kd2 Bxf4+ 23. Nxf4 Qxh2+ 24. Kd1 Bg4+ 25. Ke1 Qg3+ 26.
Kf1 Qxf4+ 27. Kg1 Qe5 28. Qf2 Qxe4 29. Qf6 Qe3+ 30. Kh2 Qh3+ 31. Kg1 Qg3+
32. Kf1 Bh3# {White checkmated} 0-1

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Mike Serovey Defeats ThreeofSeven Again

Here is an ICC correspondence chess game that I just finished. This is my second win against ThreeofSeven (AKA Dave from Castle Rock, CO). I still have one more game against Dave going and I am winning that one too. This win put my ICC correspondence chess rating over 1600 (1611), which was one of my chess goals for this year. It also gives me a plus score in ICC correspondence chess for the very first time!

This game, along with analysis and diagrams, can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "ICC correspondence 2008Quad.06.03"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.05.24"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OnGoldenPawn"]
[Black "ThreeofSeven"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "Réti opening"]
[ECO "A04"]
[NIC "QP.10"]
[Time "11:13:08"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. Nbd2 O-O 8.
Ne1 Bd7 9. h3 Rc8 10. f4 b5 11. Nef3 Qb6 12. Kh2 a5 13. a4 b4 14. e5 Ne8 15.
Re1 e6 16. exd6 Nxd6 17. Ne5 Nf5 18. Nxd7 Qc7 19. Nxf8 Rxf8 20. Nc4 Ncd4 21.
c3 bxc3 22. bxc3 Nc6 23. Bd2 Rd8 24. Qc2 h5 25. Rab1 h4 26. gxh4 Nxh4 27.
Be4 g5 28. Rb6 Nb8 29. Rb7 Qc8 30. Nb6 {Black resigns} 1-0

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Mike Serovey Draws Paul Farb

This is the second game I found in which I drew an expert. This appears to be the first time that I did that. This game was played in Germany back in 1986 when I was in the Army stationed there. The analysis and diagrams for this game can be found at Here is the game in PGN.

[Event "Rhine Main March Swiss"]
[Site "Rhine Main AFB, Germany"]
[Date "1986.03.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mike Serovey"]
[Black "Paul Farb"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. Nf3 d6 2. c4 e5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O Nge7 7. d3 O-O 8. a3 a5
9. Rb1 f5 10. b4 e4 11. Nd5 exf3 12. Bxf3 axb4 13. axb4 Ne5 14. Bg5 Nxf3+ 15.
exf3 Nxd5 16. Bxd8 Nc3 17. Qb3 Nxb1 18. Rxb1 Rxd8 19. Kg2 Be6 20. Qc2 Bf7 21.
Re1 Bf6 22. b5 Ra3 23. Re2 Rda8 24. h4 Ra2 25. Qxa2 Rxa2 26. Rxa2 d5 27. Ra8+
Kg7 28. Ra7 dxc4 29. dxc4 Bxc4 30. Rxb7 Kh6 31. Rxc7 Bxb5 32. Rb7 Be2 33. Rb6
Kg7 34. Rb7+ Kg8 35. Rb8+ Kf7 36. Rb7+ Be7 37. Rb2 Bc4 38. Rc2 Be6 39. Rc7 Kf6
40. Ra7 h5 41. Ra5 f4 42. gxf4 Bb4 43. Rb5 Bd6 44. Kg3 Bd7 45. Ra5 Ke7 {Draw agreed}