While I was sleeping...
..it seems I won another Correspondence Chess game by the silent resignation of an opponent.
This game began back in mid-October when I pushed my White Queen's pawn to the d4 square. And it proceeded at a pretty good pace, considering we were playing with a 7-day per move time control. At a pretty good pace until my opponent chose to slink quietly away, without even a word, leaving me today with another won game.
In his defense it was clear the we were engaged in what was going to be a very long, frustrating endgame. Both our Kings had pawn clusters in which to hide, and we were nearly equal in terms of major pieces, though my lone Bishop did give me an advantage there.
If this game was played in the old days when our moves were sent back and forth via post cards, this particular endgame could easily stretch out through many long months, maybe a year or more. But now we play server=based games over the Internet for crying out loud. We could have knocked this game out inside a couple of months easy, even with our very relaxed time control.
Oh well, whatever...
The position of pieces at game's end is posted above, and our full move record is below:
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.Nc3 e6 4.a3 Nf6 5.e3 Nc6 6.Bb5 a6 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.O-O Ne4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.Nd2 c5 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.c4 Be7 13.b4 cxb4 14.axb4 Bxb4 15.Qa4+ Qd7 16.Qxb4 a5 17.Qb7 O-O 18.Qxe4 f5 19.Qd3 c5 20.Ba3 Rfc8 21.h3 cxd4 22.Qxd4 Qxd4 23.exd4 Rxc4 24.Rfe1 Kf7 25.Rad1 Rd8 26.Bb2 a4 27.Ba3 1-0
And the adventure continues.