Friday, November 18, 2016

English Opening vs Luis Paz

In 1982-1984 I played for USA in the ICCF 10th Correspondence Olympiade. Going into the year 1982 I was on a roll and winning a lot of postal chess games against strong American players. I was an active player who competed both in the US and in ICCF.

All of a sudden the USA needed to field an Olympic team. Then Helen Warren of APCT asked me if I would like to play. That was awesome! They put me on Board 4 just ahead of Alex Dunne. I’m sure there were many other qualified players. As I recall, the USCF, CCLA and APCT each provided two players on this six member team. Unfortunately these organizations did not always cooperate with each other, but they made up a team.

Play in the Olympiad did not begin until near the end of 1982. My problem was that I was too active. At one point earlier in 1982 I had 100 games going all at once. I made 15-20 moves per day. I agreed to draws to weed out as many games as possible. Still several spilled over into the calendar year of 1983. Gradually more and more of my time went to the Olympiad games. They progressed at the pace of about one move every two weeks.

The year 1983 was rough. My corporate job moved to another state. I declined to go. I found another position. But then came a bigger problem. One of my kids slowly became terminally ill. In the midst of all this I played Luis Paz in the English Opening. This was my only win in the Olympiad, along with some draws.

Sawyer - Paz, corr ICCF 1982 begins 1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.d3 0-0 8.Bd2 [8.Bg5 h6 9.Be3=] 8...d5 [8...b6 9.Qc1 d5=] 9.a3 b6 10.Rb1 Bb7 11.cxd5 [11.b4=] 11...Nxd5 12.Nxd5 [12.Qa4 a6 13.Rfc1=] 12...exd5 13.b4 Qd7 14.bxc5 bxc5 15.Qb3 Nd8 16.Bg5 f6 [16...Ba6 17.Bf4=] 17.Be3 Rc8 18.Rfc1 Qd6 19.Bf4 Qe6 20.Nd2 Rf7 21.e4 d4 22.Nc4 Bf8 23.Bd2 Nc6 24.Bf4 [24.f4+/-] 24...Ne5 [24...Ba6 25.h4=] 25.Nxe5 Qxb3 26.Rxb3 fxe5 27.Bxe5 Bg7 28.Bf4 Bf8 29.Bh3 Rc6 30.Rcb1 Bc8 [30...Ba6 31.e5+/-] 31.Bxc8 Rxc8 32.Rb8 Rxb8 33.Rxb8 Kg7 34.Be5+ Kg8 35.Bd6 1-0

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