This postal correspondence chess game began in the Spring of 2011 and ended this week when my opponent, playing White, offered me a draw. Of course I immediately accepted his offer.
White’s army of pawns was twice the size of mine and would probably have won the game for him… eventually. But we’d alteady been playing for a year and a half, and had we fought on to the bitter end to reach some kind of checkmate, the game may well have continued for many more months.
So, was it chess-fatigue that prompted him to offer me the draw, even though he had the advantage on the board? Perhaps.
Lesson learned here: As long as there’s a chance that you might might win, even against long odds, never give up. Even if you don’t eventually win, you might walk away with a draw.
The position of pieces at game’s end, and our full move record:
1.e4 e5 2,f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 Bg4 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.Be2 Qd7 7.d5 Ne5 8.b3 Nf6 9.Bb2 Nxf3 10.Bxf3 O-O-O 11.a4 a5 12.Qe2 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Qg4 14.Qf2 b6 15.b4 Re8 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.bxa5 bxa5 18.Qf1 Kd7 19.Qb5+ Ke7 20.Qb7 Rc8 21.Ra3 Bg7 22.Rc3 Qd7 23.Qa7 f5 24.Rc4 Rhd8 25.exf5 c6 26.Qxa5 cxd5 27.Qxd5 f6 28.Rxf4 Rc5 29.Qd3 Rh6 30.Rh4 Bxd2+ 31.Kxd2 Rh8 32.Re1+ Re5 33.Rxe5+ dxe5 34.a5 h5 35.g4 Qa4 36.Rxh5 Qxa5+ 37.Ke2 Qa8 38.Rxh8 Qxh8 39.h3 Qa8 40.c4 [And with his 40th move, White offered the draw that I accepted. The game ended in a tie.]