A Win With Black

1. e4 e5 2. d4 d5 3. dxe5 Be6 4. Na3 a6 5. c4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 c6 8. Bd3 Ne7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Nd4 Bd7 11. Nf5 Nxf5 12. exf5 f6 13. e6 Bc8 14. O-O dxc4 15. Bxc4 Qe7 16. Qf4 h6 17. Rfd1 b5 18. Qd6 Re8

This afternoon I won a Correspondence Chess Club tournament game playing Black when White resigned after my 18…Re8. No, I wasn’t anywhere close to checkmating his King. Heck, I had absolutely no offensive stance at this point. But my defensive position was so strong that White couldn’t launch an attack against me without risking significant loss. So, rather than suffer through what promised to be bloody end to our middle game, he chose to give me the victory by resigning.

Our full move record and final position of the pieces are above.