After Six Months of Battle, We Settled for a Draw

This standard, server-based, correspondence chess game began in December of 2012 when I opened with a variation of the Reti, as I often do when playing White. After a six-month battle (which is one heck of a long time to be fighting in the server-based correspondence chess universe) I offered Black a draw after my 41.Rxb7. And he accepted my offer. So, though the game is techically considered a tie, I like to think of us both as winners. We both fought long, hard, and well in a game that had a lot of exciting action, and agreed to shake hands and step away from the board in the face of a Rook, pawn end game that could have gone on forever (in server-based correspondence chess terms).

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


1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 c6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 O-O 7.Nbd2 Nbd7 8.a3 c5 9.c4 cxd4 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd4 N5f6 12.e4 e5 13.Nf5 Bc5 14.b4 Bb6 15.Nc4 Bc7 16.Ncd6 Bb6 17.Nxc8 Rxc8 18.Nd6 Rb8 19.Bf1 a5 20.Be3 axb4 21.axb4 Bxe3 22.Rxe3 Qb6 23.b5 Nc5 24.Bg2 Rfd8 25.Bf1 Rxd6 26.Qf3 Ne6 27.Qf5 Nd5 28.exd5 Nc7 29.Bc4 f6 30.Re4 Rbd8 31.Qh3 g6 32.Qh6 R8d7 33.Rd1 Qc5 34.Kg2 Nxb5 35.Bxb5 Qxb5 36.Qc1 Kg7 37.Qc4 Qxc4 38.Rxc4 Rxd5 39.Rxd5 Rxd5 40.Rc7+ Kh6 41.Rxb7