Playing week #477 of the popular, long-running meme.
I say :: … and you think.
- Quit :: … stop, resign
- Solace :: … rest, relief
- Suggest :: … prompt, hint
- Meteor :: … shower
- Zombies :: … brains
- Birds :: … out my window
- Canceled :: … ended
- Compatible :: … fits together
- Alarmed :: … dismayed
- Word game :: … scrabble
This has got to be one of the longest server-based correspondence chess (cc) games I’ve ever played. The game began last September and ended this weekend when, after 85 moves and six months of Fischer Random Chess play, I checkmated my opponent’s Black King. Had this been played the old-fashioned cc way, with moves exchanged by post cards mailed back and forth, it could easily have taken years to work through.
The opening board we were assigned, our full move record (briefly annotated), and position of pieces at games’s end:
1.e4 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Qa6+ Bb7 4.Qd3 Nc6 5.Qc3 g6 6.e5 Nd5 7.Qa3 Nd4 8.Ne3 Nxe3 9.Bxb7+ Rxb7 10.Rxe3 Nb5 11.Qd3 a6 12.O-O-O Qh6 13.h4 f5 14.f4 Qh5 15.Qe2 Qh6 16.b3 Qf8 17.d4 e6 18.Bb2 h6 19.Qg2 Qb4 20.Qd2 Qe7 21.Ne2 g5 22.hxg5 hxg5 23.Nc3 Nxc3 24.Qxc3 gxf4 25.gxf4 Qh4 26.Rf1 b5 27.Ba3 Qg4 28.Rg3 Qe2 29.Qd3 Qxd3 30.Rxd3 Rb6 31.Bc5 Rc6 32.Rg1 d6 33.exd6 cxd6 34.Ba3 e5 35.fxe5 dxe5 36.Bc5 e4 37.Rdd1 f4 38.d5 Rxc5 [At this point in the game I was behind: down by two pieces, a pawn and a Bishop.] 39.d6 Kd7 40.Rh1 Bc3 41.Rh7+ Kc6 42.d7 Rd8 43.Rh6+ Kc7 44.Rhd6 Re5 45.Rxa6 Kb7 46.Rad6 e3 47.R1d5 Rxd5 48.Rxd5 Kc6 49.Rd3 Rxd7 50.Rxc3+ [With this move I recovered from my deficit. Our armies were once again of equal size; we each had one Rook and three pawns.] 50… Kb6 51.Rd3 Re7 52.Kd1 f3 53.Ke1 Kc5 54.a3 e2 55.Rxf3 b4 56.a4 Kb6 57.Rf5 Re4 58.Rf2 Kc5 59.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 60.Kxe2 [I now reached both material and positional advantage; Black had only one pawn left, and it was blocked by my three-pawn island, chained together for mutual defense.] 60… Kd4 61.a5 Kc5 62.a6 Kb6 63.Kd2 Kxa6 64.Kd3 Kb5 65.Kd4 Ka5 66.c4 Kb6 67.c5+ Kc6 68.Kc4 Kc7 69.Kxb4 [I’d now taken Black’s last remaining pawn. All that remained was the long, slow march of my White King escorting his two pawns down the length of the board to the eighth rank where they’d be promoted to Queens and easily checkmate the Black King.] 69… Kc6 70.Kc4 Kc7 71.b4 Kc6 72.b5+ Kc7 73.Kd5 Kd7 74.c6+ Kc7 75.Kc5 Kc8 76.b6 Kb8 77.Kd6 Kc8 78.b7+ Kb8 79.Kd7 Ka7 80.Kc7 Ka6 81.b8=Q Ka5 82.Kd8 Ka6 83.c7 Ka5 84.c8=Q Ka4 85.Qa6#