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:
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