The Summer Wins

No, no. Not The Summer Wind, though the song came quickly to mind and it is always nice to remember Frank Sinatra singing . I’m talking about my wins in Correspondence Chess (CC) games played recently.

The Summer of 2016 has been and continues to be challenging for me in a number of ways. My brother’s death, the declining health of others close to me, the surprising and unwelcome pace of my own aging, etc., all these things tend to darken my mood. Gladly they are offset by the constant stream of humorous messages from friends, the happy news and photos from younger family members, and… the fact that I’ve been winning much more often than losing in my CC play over the past few months.

chess-win From the Memorial Day 2016 to the present date, fifteen of my CC games have concluded. I still have eight in progress, but it’s unlikely that any of them will end before Labor Day. My win/loss record for the games of Summer 2016 has me winning ten and losing five. I do find satisfaction in that ratio.

The game board pictured here shows position of the pieces at the end of a game when my opponent playing Black resigned yesterday after my 28.exd8=Q+. The full move record of that game follows:

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d5 6. Re1 e6 7. Nbd2 Nc6 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. Rxe4 Re8 11. c3 e5 12. Qe1 b6 13. dxe5 Bb7 14. Re2 a5 15. Bg5 Qd7 16. Rd1 Qe6 17. b3 Ba6 18. c4 a4 19. Nd4 Nxd4 20. Rxd4 c5 21. Rd6 Qc8 22. Bxa8 Qxa8 23. e6 Rf8 24. e7 Re8 25. Qd2 Qb8 26. Rd8 Qxd8 27. Qxd8 Rxd8 28. exd8=Q+ 1-0

And so it goes.