Over the past few weeks I’ve been changing the way I approach my chess. I’ve always been primarily, and exclusively for the past couple of decades, a CC (Correspondence Chess) player. Now I’m devoting time to studying master class games again, and I’m playing live chess at slower time controls – similar time controls to those I’ll face when (and if) I return to OTB (Over The Board) tournament play. And that possible return to OTB tournament play is something I’m thinking about. If I can lift my rating high enough playing live online, then maybe, just maybe… I think it’d be such a hoot if I could start winning some serious games as old as I am.
At any rate, pictured above is the final board position of a CC game I won this morning when Black resigned after my 22nd White move. No, this Knight-Rook-Queen combination check wasn’t quite mate. But after Black’s 22…Kd8 (his only safe move) I’d have taken his Queen, and that would have given me a material advantage he didn’t want to face.
The full move record of our quick and bloody little game: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 d5 3. g3 e6 4. a3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O b6 7. Re1 c5 8. c4 Bb7 9. cxd5 Bxd5 10. Ne5 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 Qd5+ 12. e4 Nxe4 13. Nf3 f5 14. Nc3 Nxc3 15. bxc3 g5 16. Kg1 Nc6 17. Bxg5 Bxg5 18. Nxg5 f4 19. Nxe6 fxg3 20. Qg4+ Kf7 21. Qg7+ Ke8 22. Nc7+