After three months of chess work we settled for a draw.

This server-based correspondence chess game began in early November and ended yesterday when I agreed with White’s call for a draw. Oh sure, I had one more pawn than he did, but honestly, maneuvering one of my Black pawns to the back rank where it could be promoted then forcing a checkmate would have taken an incredibly long time, if it could be done at all. For the sake of preserving our sanity, he and I decided to shake hands, call the game a tie, and step away from the board.

The position of pieces at game’s end and our full move record:


1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Qe7 3.b3 g6 4.Qf3 Nf6 5.Bb2 Bg7 6.Bc4 O-O 7.Ne2 a6 8.g4 b5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.h4 h5 11.g5 Ng4 12.Qg3 Nc6 13.f3 Nd4 14.Bxd4 exd4 15.fxg4 Be5 16.Qg1 d5 17.exd5 Bxd5 18.Rh3 Rae8 19.gxh5 gxh5 20.g6 Bg7 21.Kd1 Be4 22.gxf7+ Qxf7 23.Nxd4 Bxd3 24.cxd3 Qf1+ 25.Qxf1 Rxf1+ 26.Kc2 Bxd4 27.Rg3+ Kh7 28.Re3 Bxe3 29.dxe3 Rxe3 30.d4 Rf2+ 31.Nd2 Ree2 32.Rd1 b4 33.Kd3 Rh2 34.d5 Reg2 35.Nf3 Rg3 36.Ke4 Rxa2 37.Rc1 Rg4+ 38.Kd3 Kg7 39.Rxc7+ Kf6 40.d6 Rg8 41.d7 Rd8 42.Rc8 Rxd7+ 43.Kc4 a5 44.Rf8+ Rf7 45.Rh8 Rf2 46.Ng5 Rf4+ 47.Kb5 Rxh4 48.Nxf7 Kg7 49.Kxa5 Kxf7 50.Rb8