Rather than suffer through the tedium of a Rook-pawn endgame played via correspondence chess, I offered White a draw yesterday after my 30…Rxf2+ captured his Knight, placed his King in check, and attacked his undefended a2 pawn. White accepted my offer this morning, so this game goes down in the books as a 1/2-1/2 tie.
Had we been playing OTB (Over The Board) I’d have opted to play on. With my two-pawn advantage after 31…Rxa2 I should have been able to force mate… eventually. But given that we were playing a correspondence game, albeit server-based, this would have taken weeks or months to happen. And neither my opponent nor I wanted to do endure that.
The board at game’s end and our full move record:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Qa4+ c6 4.Qxc4 Qd5 5.e3 Qxc4 6.Bxc4 Be6 7.Bxe6 fxe6 8.e4 e5 9.dxe5 e6 10.Bd2 Nd7 11.f4 O-O-O 12.Be3 Bc5 13.Bxc5 Nxc5 14.Nc3 a6 15.Nf3 Nd3+ 16.Kf1 Nxf4 17.Kf2 Nd3+ 18.Kg3 h5 19.b3 Ne7 20.h4 Ng6 21.Ng5 Ngxe5 22.Rad1 Rd6 23.Kh2 Ng4+ 24.Kg1 Ngf2 25.Nf7 Nxd1 26.Nxd6+ Kc7 27.Nxd1 Kxd6 28.Kh2 Rf8 29.g3 Nf2 30.Nxf2 Rxf2+