I’m tempted to say I won this cc game, …

… but actually my opponent was defeated more by chess blindness, that dread malady that hits most of us from time to time. Technically, I did win the game. My opponent playing the Black pieces resigned this afternoon when my pawn captured his Queen at 10.bxa5 giving me the victory by default. But there was absolutely no good reason for him to have moved there. Chess blindness, that must have been operative here.

And the short move record of this quick little game:

1.d4 b5 2.b4 Bb7 3.Nf3 e6 4.a3 Bxf3 5.exf3 Nf6 6.Bxb5 c6 7.Ba4 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Re1 Qa5 10. bxa5

A Win With Black

Yesterday I won this correspondence chess game with the Black pieces when my opponent playing White resigned. Our board at game’s end is below:

Our two Kings were equally defended, but my Rook and Pawn advantage meant that I’d be able to advance one of my pawns to its last rank and convert it to a Queen, while he couldn’t do that. I could then force checkmate easily. An animated gif file of our full game can be seen below: