Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Caro-Kann Defence Buckingham

William A. Buckingham of Pennsylvania played correspondence chess for over 30 years. As I recall he lived in a small town area in north central Pennsylvania just south of the New York state line. He played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit from either side of the board in the early 1960s. Some of those games appear in books.

The name William Buckingham is popular and sometimes famous in history. Others with that name have also played chess. I played Bill Buckingham a few times in both postal and email chess. He was a very friendly player. Here we played a Caro-Kann Defence. We both seemed to be too eager to exchange queens and rush toward an endgame.

I appeared to be tired and I probably was. I should have tried harder to win as White. Alas this game was from 1996, the year I most severely overbooked my email chess load. In 1997 I switched to blitz chess. I have played about 50,000 blitz games in the past 20 years.

Sawyer (1960) - Buckingham (1900), EMQ-2 corr APCT 13.08.1996 begins 1.d4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Ngf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.Ne5 [13.Kb1 0-0=] 13...Nxe5 [13...0-0 14.Kb1 Nxe5=] 14.Bxe5 [14.dxe5 Qxd3 15.Rxd3 Nd5 16.Bd2 0-0-0=] 14...Qd5 15.Qb3 [15.Kb1 0-0=, but not 15...Qxg2? 16.f3!+-] 15...Qxb3 16.axb3 0-0 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.c3 Rfd8 20.f3 Rd5 21.g4 Rad8 22.Nf2 c5 23.dxc5 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 25.Kxd1 Bxc5 26.Nd3 Bd6 27.c4 Kf8 28.b4 Ke8 29.b5 b6 30.b4 Ke7 31.Kd2 Kf6 32.Ke3 g6 33.hxg6 fxg6 34.c5 bxc5 [Another possible draw is to sit tight for a moment and then push pawns with 34...Bc7 35.f4 h5 36.Kf3 bxc5 37.bxc5 e5=] 35.bxc5 Bc7 36.Nb4 Bh2 37.Nd3 [37.Ke4 Bg1 38.Nd3+/=] 37...Bc7 38.Nb4 1/2-1/2

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