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Another French Defense Bites the Dust

My opponent in this correspondence chess game was an unrated player who was given a provisional rating of 1800 for pairing purposes. At the time that I am writing this, Mike O’Mahoney has lost to me and one other opponent.

This win put me in temporary first place in this section and a subsequent draw with the other player who defeated Mike has kept me in a tie for first place in this section.

Some of you may remember a cartoon character called Huckleberry Hound. He used to sing My Darling Clementine quite often while walking around. The chorus is as follows:

Oh my darling, Oh my darling,
Oh my darling Clementine,
You are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry Clementine.

I changed the chorus to the following:

Oh ma honey, Oh ma honey,
Oh ma honey chess player Mike,
You are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry chess player Mike.

You tried to beat me, You tried to beat me,
You tried to beat me in a game of chess,
But you are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry chess player Mike.

My opponent (Black) started making minor positional and developmental errors early in this correspondence chess game and was losing rather quickly. Thus, I cannot pick only one move as being the losing move.

Mike Serovey

Milner-Barry Gambit Versus The French Defense Game 1

Here is one of my old wins from when I was in the US Army and was stationed in Giessen, Hessen, Germany. This game was one of many chess games that I played at the recreation center on the US Air Force base in Frankfurt. My opponent, a 1900 rated player, seemed a bit surprised that a 1500 rated player would play this aggressively against him. Sometimes, surprising my opponents works. I did not get into the main line of the gambit, but I did intended to play it, so I am putting this game in that category.

For additional analysis of this game visit Dante Benez Game 1.

Although Houdini 3 disagrees with some of my endgame moves, it really does not matter if I played the second or third best moves. I was still winning.

Mike Serovey