2011 Golden Knights Final

This game is the last one that I completed in the 2011 Golden Knights semifinal round. This draw gave me the 4.5 points that I need to advance to the final round. Wayne kept declining my draw requests even though I had a slight positional advantage throughout most of this endgame. I was irritated by that. In an OTB game it makes sense to play out even endgames if your opponent is low on time. In CC chess it is a bit of an insult to play out dead even positions hoping that I will blunder. I am not likely to blunder when I can take three days to look at a move!

In the final round I am the only one out of seven who is not a master. Still, I think that I can pull off an even score in this section and get my USCF CC rating over 2200 points, making me a legitimate chess master for the first time in my 38 year chess career.

In this game Black (me) never castled, which is unusual. I usually castle by move ten. In this game, I chose not to castle in order to break up the tension on the Kingside. I got away with that, but I still doubt if that was my best strategy here. Wayne didn’t castle until move number 21.

Mike Serovey

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Author: Mike Serovey

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM is a USCF certified local chess tournament director, candidate master in correspondence chess and an avid chess player. Mike won the Under 1600 section of the state of Florida chess championship in 1986, won several Walter Muir sections and is currently ranked in the top 100 correspondence chess players in the USA.