We decided to call this one a draw.

One of the quicker server-based correspondence chess games I’ve played recently, this one began on 01 September and ended today when I accepted White’s call for a draw.

Oh sure, we both had respectable armies left on the board, but our only major pieces were Rooks and Bishops: the long range shooters. But our pawns had the board so knotted up that only Knights would have been able to dance around them. And neither of us had our Knights left. With no good way forward for either of us, White’s call for a draw made perfect sense to me.

The position of pieces on the board at game’s end, and our move record:


1. d4 d5 2. e3 a6 3. f4 f5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O h6 7. Ne5 Nc6 8. c3 Nxe5 9. fxe5 Ne4 10. Qh5+ Kd7 11. Nd2 Qe8 12. Qxe8+ Kxe8 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Bc4 b5 15. Bb3 Be7 16. Bd2=