Talk about going down to the bare bones...
I FINALLY won this Correspondence Chess game that seemed to drag on forever. Black simply would not give up even when he had no chance of winning. He was probably hoping to force a stalemate if I failed to manage my pawns and Rook properly. But... that was not to be.
My checkmate was finally delivered with my 53rd move this afternoon.. Position of pieces at game's end is posted above, and our full move record below:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.a3 b5 6.Nxb5 c6 7.Nc3 g6 8.e4 Bb7 9.Bxc4 c5 10.O-O Bg7 11.Re1 O-O 12.Bg5 h6 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. Rc1 Nc6 15. d5 exd5 16. Bxd5 Rad8 17.e5 Qf4 18.g3 Qf5 19.e6 fxe6 20.Bxe6+ Qxe6 21.Rxe6 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Rxf3 23.Nb5 Bxb2 24.Nd6 Nd4 25.Nxb7 c4 26.Nc5 Ne2+ 27.Kg2 Nc3 28.Rd8+ Rf8 29.Rxg6+ Kf7 30.Rgd6 Bxa3 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.Rc6 Bxc5 33.Rxc5 Ne4 34.Rxc4 Nd6 35.Rc6 Nf5 36.Ra6 h5 37.Rf6+ Ke7 38.Rxf5 Ke6 39.Rxh5 a6 40.Rh6+ Kf5 41.Rxa6 Kg4 42.h3+ Kh5 43.Ra5+ Kh6 44.h4 Kh7 45.g4 Kg6 46.f4 Kh6 47.h5 Kh7 48.Ra6 Kg7 49.g5 Kh7 50.h6 Kh8 51.g6 Kg8 52.Ra7 Kh8 53.Ra8# 1-0
And the adventure continues.