After 71 moves, Black wins by resignation.

Whew! This server-based correspondence chess game began in March and ended a few days ago when White resigned after our 71st full move.

Though he only had his White King against my Black King and a tight squadron of Black pawns steadily marching down the board, he hung on as long as he reasonably could. No, he wasn’t hoping to win, there was no way he could do that. But if I misplayed things, he could have forced a drawn game by stalemate. However, I didn’t misplay. At the end, my promoting a pair of pawns to Queens was inevitable, and checkmating his King would then have been a simple matter. White was right to resign when he did.

The final position of pieces and our full move record:

long game

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.Qa4+ Qd7 7.Qxc4 c6 8.d5 Bd6 9.Rd1 O-O 10.e3 f5 11.Be2 a6 12.a4 b5 13.Qd3 Bb4 14.Qc2 a5 15.Bf3 Qa7 16.Nge2 Qc5 17.O-O Re8 18.d6 Nd7 19.e4 Ne5 20.Nc1 Bb7 21.exf5 Nxf3+ 22.gxf3 Qc4 23.b3 Qxc3 24.Qxc3 Bxc3 25.Na2 Be5 26.Rfe1 f6 27.Re3 Red8 28.Red3 bxa4 29.bxa4 Ba6 30.R3d2 Rd7 31.Nc1 Rb8 32.Rc2 Rb6 33.Ne2 Bxd6 34.Ng3 Bb7 35.Re2 Re7 36.Rxd6 Rxe2 37.Nxe2 Rb4 38.Rd8+ Kh7 39.Rd7 c5 40.Nc1 c4 41.Rc7 Bxf3 42.h4 Bh5 43.Ra7 Rxa4 44.Kg2 c3 45.f3 Rxh4 46.Rxa5 Rf4 47.Kg3 Rxf3+ 48.Kh4 Be8 49.Kg4 Rf1 50.Ne2 c2 51.Rc5 Bd7 52.Rd5 c1=Q 53.Nxc1 Bc6 54.Rc5 Bf3+ 55.Kg3 h5 56.Nd3 Bg4 57.Kg2 Rxf5 58.Rxf5 Bxf5 59.Nf4 Bg4 60.Kg3 Kh6 61.Ng2 g5 62.Ne3 f5 63.Kh2 f4 64.Nxg4+ hxg4 65.Kg2 Kh5 66.Kg1 Kh4 67.Kh2 g3+ 68.Kg2 g4 69.Kh1 Kh3 70.Kg1 g2 71.Kf2 Kh2
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