Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mike Serovey Loses to Jose Rodriguez

This game is from the last round of an Under 1800 chess tournament played in Tampa on 25 July 2010. If I had won this game I would have won the Under 1600 prize. Thisw game is one of two losses with White. Let's see if I can win the rematch when it comes.

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

[Event "Tampa Chess Club Under 1800"]
[Site "Tampa Chess Club"]
[Date "2010.07.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Mike Serovey"]
[Black "Jose Rodriguez"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 d6 4. Bg2 c6 5. d3 Qc7 6. e4 Nf6 7. Nge2 O-O
8. O-O Nbd7 9. h3 Re8 10. Be3 e5 11. f4 exf4 12. gxf4 Nh5 13. f5 Ne5
14. fxg6 hxg6 15.Rb1 Be6 16. b3 c5 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. cxd5 Qe7 19. Qd2
Rac8 20. Bg5 f6 21. Bh4 g5 22. Bf2 Bh6 23. Ng3 Nxg3 24. Bxg3 Kg7
25. Qe2 Rh8 26. Rf5 Kg8 27. Rbf1 Bg7 28. Bxe5 dxe5 29. Qf2 Rh6 30. Qg3
b5 31. Rc1 a5 32. Qe3 Bf8 33. Qd2 b4 34. Rc4 Rc7 35. Qf2 Qg7 36. Qg3
g4 37. hxg4 Rg6 38. Bf3 Qh6 39. Qf2 Rcg7 40. Kf1 Qh3+ 41. Ke2 Rh7 42.
Rh5 Rxh5 43. gxh5 Rg3 44. h6 Bxh6 45. Rxc5 Qh4 46. Rxa5 Qg5 47. Ra8+
Kg7 48. Ra7+ Kg6 {And Black eventually checkmated White} 0-1

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mike Serovey Loses to Nathalie van der Lende

I played only one Round of the 18th Annual Southern Open and that was a loss to Nathalie van der Lende of Holland. The complete game, with analysis and diagrams, can be found at There is a picture of her on that page that is a few years old. Here is a video that shows her near the end of it and you can see what she looks like now. She is the 17 year old girl with the long brown hair.

Here is the game in PGN:

[Event "18th Annual Southern Open"]
[Site "Orlando, FL."]
[Date "2010.07.30"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nathalie van der Lende"]
[Black "Mike Serovey"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 e6 5. Nc3 d5 6. e5 Bd7 7. Nf3 f6 8. Bd3
fxe5 9. dxe5 Bb4 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 Nge7 12. Re1 O-O 13. Bxh7+ Kxh7 14. Ng5+
Kg8 15. Qh5 Rf5 16. Qh7+ Kf8 17. g4 Rxg5 18. Bxg5 Qe8 19. Re3 Qf7 20. Kg2 Qg8
21. Qh5 g6 22. Qh6+ Qg7 23. Rf3+ Kg8 24. Qxg7+ Kxg7 25. Bf6+ Kg8 26. Rh3 Rc8 27.
Rd1 Rf8 28. Rdd3 Kf7 29. Rh7+ Ke8 30. Rdh3 Bc8 31. Rg7 Rg8 32. Rhh7 Rxg7 33.
Rxg7 b5 34. h4 a5 35. h5 gxh5 36. gxh5 Nf5 37. Rh7 b4 38. cxb4 axb4 39. h6 Nce7
40. Rxe7+ Nxe7 41. Bxe7 {Black resigns} 1-0

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

18th Annual Southern Open

The weekend of July 30 to August 1 I played in the 18th Annual Southern Open in Orlando, Florida. In Round 1 I lost to a 17 year old girl from Holland. I'll write more about her later.

In Round 2 I took a half-point bye and then withdrew from the tournament prior to the start of Round 3 because of insomnia. I can't play decent chess on only 4 hours of sleep.

I played in the Under 1700 Section along with Mike Hoffer, Robert Clark, Nathalie van der Lende, and Christine Fuller. Mike Hoffer won 4 out of 5 games, Robert got 3 points defeating Nathalie, and Nathalie and Christina each got 2 points. Christine told me that she is going to college in Maryland and only vacations in Florida now. Nathalie is from holland and has done well in tournaments there. Her family has a vacaton home in the Orlando area. Mike Mason got 3 points in the Under 2100 Section.

What I learned from this experiance is that if I can't afford to stay in the hotel room by myself for the length of an out of town tournament then I should just skip it. I also need to get my sleep cycle straightened out and get back on a day schedule so that the byes are not necessary.

The kids that are under 21 have an advantage over some guys my age in that they have much more endurance than I have and don't tire as easily as I do. It sucks to spend over 3 hours playing a game only to lose it!