So on 22 September I received a challenge to a friendly (as opposed to a tournament) game from a Welshman in a Correspondence Chess Club to which we both belong. I accepted, replied to his pawn move with one of my own, and our game was on.
This afternoon with his 24th move he offered me a draw, and I accepted. He and I have almost equal strength ratings in the club, so the drawn game won’t affect either one of us in that regard. And, as you can see from the final board, our armies were at equal strength both materially and positionally.
Checkmate was not even in sight yet for either of us, so his offer and my acceptance both made sense. We’d played a good game and enjoyed some healthy mental exercise. Good chess.
The move record of our game follows:
1. f4 f5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 a5 5. Bxb4 axb4 6. Ne5 Qf6 7. e3 Ne7 8. g4 Qh4+ 9. Ke2 Nbc6 10. Nd2 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Qxg4+ 12. Kf2 Qxd1 13. Rxd1 Rxa2 14. Rb1 O-O 15. Bg2 b6 16. Nf3 c5 17. Rhd1 Nd5 18. Bf1 Bb7 19. Be2 Rc8 20. Nd2 Nc7 21. Nc4 d5 22. Nd6 Rb8 23. Bh5 h6 24. Ke1=