Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Queens Gambit Exchange Madison

H. O. Madison of Texas played postal chess from the 1970s to the 1990s. We met three times in APCT sections. In our younger years from the 1970s, I played most games hard for a win, I won both our games. Then I got old and tired and slow and busy with life. I suppose I could come up with more excuses too.

During the 1990s most of my correspondence play was awful. Whether it was APCT, USCF, or BDG thematic games, it was bad. The lone exception was an ICCF Master Class section I entered. I worked very hard on all those games and won that event.

This Queen's Gambit Declined started out as a Slav Defence with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6. After 3.Nc3 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 we transposed to a QGD Exchange Variation that is like to a London System. Both sides play a drawish line when all the bishops disappear cleanly. It looks like we were just going through the motions.

Harold O. Madison and I swapped pieces into a drawn endgame. I had a few slight chances, but there was no energy to seek any opportunity.

Madison (1986) - Sawyer (2003), corr APCT N-328, 1993 begins 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Bd3 Bxd3 8.Qxd3 Bd6 9.Bg3 0-0 10.Nf3 [10.Nge2!?] 10...Re8 11.0-0 Ne4 [Now that White has castled, Black could play 11...Bxg3 12.hxg3=] 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.Nd2 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 Nd7 15.a3 Re6 16.b4 a6 [16...Nb6 17.Qd3 Nc4=] 17.a4 Rh6 18.g3 [18.h3=] 18...Re8 [18...Nf6 19.Rfb1 Ng4 20.h4 Re8-/+] 19.b5 axb5 [19...Qe6=] 20.axb5 Nf6 21.f3 Nh5 22.Qf2 Rg6 23.f4 f5 24.bxc6 bxc6 25.Qf3 Nf6 26.Rfe1 Ne4 [26...Qb4=/+] 27.Nxe4 dxe4 1/2-1/2

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