Friday, March 11, 2016

Overbooked in Dutch Defence

Our flight was scheduled to leave the cold north for a vacation down in sunny Florida one March. The weather forecast was for heavy snow, so we changed our tickets to one day earlier. When boarding, the airline announced they overbooked by one passenger, my wife! They offered a free future ticket to anyone who would swap with her and take a later flight that day. A businessman jumped at the offer. So, we enjoyed our trip.

Like successful airlines, postal chess players would overbook their tournaments. We expected games to finish at a typical pace, but sometimes they went long, lasting a year or more. We found ourselves still playing old games when it was time for our next event to start. In such cases, we picked a few roughly even games and agreed to short draws.

Daniel Perry had White in all four of our games. Our last three came by email. He won them all. In an earlier postal game, we agreed to a peaceful quickie in a Classical Dutch. About the same time I had another short draw in a Stonewall line vs John Helmbrecht. They are typical examples of this opening.

Perry (2100) - Sawyer (2100), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.d4 f5 2.c4 [2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 d5 7.b3 c6 8.Ne5 Nbd7 9.Nxd7 Bxd7 10.Nd2 Be8 11.Nf3 Bh5 1/2-1/2 Helmbrecht -Sawyer, corr APCT 1982] 2...e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.e3 d6 7.Nge2 c6 8.0-0 e5 9.d5 Qe8 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.Qa4 Be6 12.Rd1 Qd7 13.c5 d5 14.b4 Qb7 1/2-1/2

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