It's my postal chess anniversary. My first American Postal Chess Tournaments (APCT) pairings arrived 40 years ago on 7/7/77. I played 1000 correspondence games against players from all 50 US states and 30 countries. By 1997 chess engines and internet play changed correspondence competition. Computers improved the quality of analysis, but it destroyed the innocence of postal play. I switched to online blitz 20 years ago.
I played Gene Wadman two games in 1981. As Black, I won with the Gruenfeld Defence. As White, I chose the Saemisch Variation 5.f3 against the King's Indian Defence. Black opened up the center with 9...d5!? Tactical combinations allowed White to win a pawn by move 15. Black missed threats against his queen and resigned by move 23.
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Sawyer (2100) - Wadman (1507), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 exd4 8.Nxd4 c6 9.Qd2 d5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.e5 Ne8 12.f4 Nc7 [12...f6!=] 13.Ndb5! b6? [13...Nxb5 14.Bxb5+/-] 14.Nxc7 Qxc7 15.Nxd5 Qd8 16.Rc1 Nd7 17.Bb5 Bb7? [17...Nc5 18.Bxc5 bxc5 19.Rxc5+-] 18.Bxd7 Rb8 19.Bc6 Bxc6 20.Rxc6 Rb7 21.Rd6 Qc8 22.0-0 Rd8 23.Ne7+ 1-0
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