In 1982 I played the English Opening against some strong postal players. My opponent Wilfried Kurth of Germany became an International Correspondence Chess Master in 1997 and Senior International Correspondence Chess Master in 2000. His ICCF rating is 2524. In the notes I mention Dr. Claudio Casabona, an International Correspondence Chess Grand Master who is rated 2586.
Also in the notes is a game I played against George Butler from the APCT Regional Team Tournament. Anyone could enter, but I tried to stack the deck in my region’s favor. TD Helen Warren organized the club into seven geographical regions divided evenly by the number of the 1000 APCT players in each state. I had home mailing addresses for the top masters and experts in my region because I had played many of them. When this annual event came around, I wrote and asked each of them to enter.
Material was equal in this game. The heavy pieces remained but most of the central pawns were gone. Unless someone blunders, it could take years of postal play for either side to win this game.
Sawyer - Kurth, corr ICCF 1982 begins 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 [2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.f4 (6.e4 h5!? 7.Nge2 h4 8.0-0 h3 9.Bh1 Bg4=) 6...f5 7.Nh3!? (7.fxe5 Nxe5 8.Nf3=) 7...Nf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nd5 (9.e3=) 9...Nd4 10.Kh1 c6 11.Nxf6+ Bxf6 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Bh6 Bg7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Qd2 Qd6 16.e3 Ne6 17.b4 Bd7 18.Rad1 Rad8 19.d4 e4 20.Nf4 Nxf4 21.gxf4 Be6 22.c5 1/2-1/2. Sawyer - Casabona, corr ICCF 1982] 3.g3 [3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 e4 7.Ne1 Bxc3 8.dxc3 Re8 (8...h6 9.Nc2 d6 10.Ne3 Re8=) 9.Bg5 (9.Nc2 d6 10.Bg5=) 9...h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Nc2 Qe6 (11...d6 12.Ne3 Bf5 13.f4 Ne7=) 12.Ne3 Ne7 13.Qd2 c6 (13...b6=) 14.b3 (14.Rfd1 b6 15.Qd6+/=) 14...d6 15.Rfd1 Rd8 16.Qd4 f5 17.f4 b6 18.a4 Bb7 19.Qd2 d5 1/2-1/2. Sawyer - Butler, corr APCT 1983] 3...Bb4 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 Re8 6.0-0 e4 7.Nd4 Bxc3 [7...Nc6 8.Nc2 Bxc3 9.dxc3=] 8.bxc3 [8.dxc3 d6 9.Be3 Nbd7=] 8...Nc6 [8...h6 9.d3 d6 10.Nc2 Nbd7 11.Ne3=] 9.d3 exd3 10.exd3 Nxd4 11.cxd4 h6 [11...d5 12.Bf4 c6 13.Rb1 Bg4=] 12.Bf4 [12.d5!+/=] 12...d5 13.Be5 dxc4 14.dxc4 Ng4 15.Bf4 c6 16.d5 cxd5 1/2-1/2
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