A Fischer Random Chess Win with White by Resignation

This server-based Fischer Random Correspondence Chess Game began in early December and ended yesterday after nearly two months of play.

My opponent and I have played a number of club games against each other over the years and we’re pretty evenly matched. We both know that the other is not only capable of playing a strong game, but is also prone to making bone-headed mistakes at critical times and thereby losing games that should have been won. Therefore we tend to play on against each other longer than against some others, hoping to salvage victory from a losing position.

In this particular game, though checkmate had not yet happened, my army was vastly stronger than his (my Queen and two Rooks versus his Knight and Bishop) and was beginning to bear down on his poorly defended King. He was right to resign when he did.

The opening board we were assigned, our move record, and position of pieces at game’s end:

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1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 h6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. O-O e6 6. Re1 Bd6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. c4 dxc4 9. Nxc4 b5 10. Nxd6 cxd6 11. e4 Re8 12. e5 dxe5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Bxa8 Ned7 15. Bc6 Qc7 16. Bxb5 a6 17. Ba4 Bb7 18. Bf4 Nd5 19. Bxc7 N5b6 20. Bxb6 Nxb6 21. Bxe8 Bd5 22. b3 a5 23. Qd3 Nc8 24. Qa6 Ne7 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. Rac1
1-0

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What WAS I thinking?!

Recent snippets from the Random Thoughts file kept on the Raspberry Pi, updated during the early parts of my days, and uploaded to a public folder in Google Docs.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rqrk0QCPNzfytwTY8kPBrUK24M7q-wR4XNRk4EcmPlQ/edit

30 Jan. 2013 – Wednesday

~08:00
1.) Ah, excellent! I get to keep my radio tuned to a favorite local talk-station. They’ve just announced that today’s “Talk With The Mayor” segment has been cancelled. This is a weekly segment I absolutely hate, and when it comes on I always turn off the radio. Our mayor is a lousy little communist, just like the current POTUS, and I refuse to waste my time listening to his mind-polluting words.

~07:30
1.) Happily noting that last night brought another long sleep, 8.5-hours from 21:30 to 06:00, and dreaming that became lucid near the time I woke.
2.) Last night’s news of the new “highly contagious” stomach flu making the rounds will have me limiting my contact with other humans beyond what is necessary.

29 Jan. 2013 – Tuesday

~11:00
1.) The search for my missing package ended at my first stop. The mailman did indeed deliver it to the office down in the basement where he was supposed to. It was there waiting for me when I went down to check a few minutes ago. Usually the girls down there notify me as soon as something arrives. Don’t know why they didn’t do that yesterday.

~08:30
1.) I am happy to note that last night brought a good 8-hour sleep and a detailed, entertaining dream. Two nights in a row for this, and I hope it continues.

~07:30
1.) Dang it! FedEx messed with a delivery to me last week, and UPS did it to me the week before, now it’s the Post Office. According to USPS tracking, my package was delivered yesterday at 3:16PM. BUT, I never received it! Dang it! Now I’ve got to track down another mistake by a delivery outfit. This is getting VERY tiresome!

28 Jan. 2013 – Monday

~08:45
1.) A good, long, dream-filled sleep last night: 9 hours, from 21:30 to 06:30. Whew! Hopefully this will continue.
2.) I notice several locals commenting on twitter about nasty allergy symptoms this morning. I’ll have to be careful and treat mine before they get out of hand.