Friday, May 13, 2016

French Rook Sac vs Ed Werner

RxN, Resigns! I love it. My game vs Edmund Werner of Florida was decided on a rook sacrifice. Our APCT game was a French Defence. We played the open Tarrasch Variation 3.Nd2 c5. White ripped open the queenside pawns in Ruy Lopez style with 14.a4!? Then I ganged up on the weak Black pawns. Eventually White won a pawn.

Black made a sly mate threat on move 15. He moved a bishop to protect his a-pawn and aimed for mate at White’s h-pawn on the other side of the board. The struggle continued. White was up a pawn. Black had a hard time finding good squares for his pieces when he walked into the final combination that dropped a piece.

The Daytona Beach Morning Journal listed Edmund Werner’s obituary on June 6, 1981. Apparently Werner had worked in his younger days as an entry clerk for Master Eagle Photo Engraving Corp. in New York. Then Edmund Werner retired to Florida where he played postal chess for many years. The paper lists Werner as age 68 at the time of death. The article says that Werner was a member of the International Correspondence Chess Federation.

According to games in my database, Werner was very active in many postal chess organizations from the 1950s until his death. Old-timers will remember Ed Werner. This game was played in the APCT Rook Finals. The players qualified for this section by finishing first or second in the prior round of an open section.

Sawyer (1900) - Werner (1747), corr APCT 77RF-6, 06.1978 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 a6 [5...Nc6=] 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.Nb3 Ba7 8.Be2 Ne7 9.0-0 Qc7 10.c3 0-0 11.Nfd4 Nbc6 12.Be3 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 b5? [13...Nc6 14.Re1+/=] 14.a4 bxa4 15.Qxa4 Bb8 16.g3 Bb7 17.Bf4 Qc8 18.Bxb8 Qxb8 19.Qd7 Re8 20.Ra5 [20.Rfe1+/-] 20...Qc8 21.Qxc8 Rexc8 22.Rfa1 Rab8 23.R1a2 g6 [23...Nc6 24.Nxc6 Rxc6 25.Bxa6 Bxa6 26.Rxa6 Rxa6 27.Rxa6+/=] 24.Bxa6 Rc7 25.Rb5 Ra8 26.Rba5 Rb8 27.Bd3 Bc8 28.Ra7 Rxa7 29.Rxa7 Kf8 30.Rxe7 1-0

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