Another win that came far too early

I won this Correspondence Chess game (being played with a 5-day time control!) yesterday when my opponent playing White resigned, giving me the win with Black by default.

He still had several days left on his clock, so he wasn’t in any kind of time trouble. And we were only eight moves into our opening which was pretty well balanced at this point. Why he chose to quit remains a mystery. There was still so much chess to be played here.

Our full move record in pgn format is below, and the short game played out visually in a gif file.

  1. e4 a6 2. d4 e6 3. Nf3 h6 4. c4 d6 5. Nc3 Nd7 6. Bd3 d5 7. e5 Bb4 8. O-O Ne7