Phases of life, personal issues, and preferences in openings all affect chess play. My career has surges when I played more and gaps when I played less. Here is a game in one of those gaps. Peter Rimlinger was a postal master in APCT in 1985. We met in a French Defence Winawer where I played Black. The point of 7.a4 was to allow Ba3. White aimed into the heart of the enemy camp on the dark diagonal.
We reached a drawn ending if we kept playing. Drawing a master is a moral victory, but that was not the whole story. In 1985 I chose to take a break from chess. This was the only game that I wished I could have finished, but the year ran out before the game did. I was forfeited when my APCT membership expired. I quit chess for a while. I returned to fun chess in 1988 after I had changed jobs.
My collection Chess Games 1.e4 Series has 5 books in 1, including French Defence. The companion volume is Chess Games 1.d4 Series. These are available in Kindle Unlimited, digital, and paperback. Also, my French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.
Rimlinger (2233) - Sawyer (2000), corr APCT 1985 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.a4 Nbc6 8.Nf3 Qa5 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.Be2 f6 [10...Rc8=] 11.exf6 gxf6 12.dxc5 0-0-0 [12...e5 13.0-0 0-0-0 14.c4 Qxd2 15.Nxd2 Rhg8=] 13.0-0 [13.Nd4+/=] 13...e5 14.Ba3 h5 15.Rfb1 Be6 16.Bb4 Qc7 17.a5 a6 18.Ne1 Ng6 19.Qd1 [19.Ra4=] 19...Rdg8 20.Ra3? Nf4 21.Qd2 Nxg2 22.Nxg2 Rxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Rg8+ 24.Kh1 Qg7 25.Bf3 e4 26.Qe1 Bh3 27.Qg1 exf3 [27...Qh7-+] 28.Qxg7 Rxg7 29.Rab3 [29.Rd1 Rg2=] 29...Ne5 [29...Rg2=/+] 30.Ba3 [30.c6 Nxc6=] 30...Ng4 31.Kg1 Ne3+ [31...f5-+] 32.Kh1 Rg2 33.fxe3 Rg5 34.Rg1 [34.Rxb7=] 34...f2 35.Rbb1 Rxg1+ 36.Rxg1 Kd7 37.Rd1 Ke6 38.e4 [38.c6 bxc6=/+] 38...dxe4 39.Bc1 f5 40.Be3 f1Q+ 41.Rxf1 Bxf1 42.Kg1 Bb5 43.Kf2 Ba4 44.Kg3 Bxc2 45.c6 bxc6 46.Kf4 Kd5 47.Kxf5 Kc4 48.Kf4 Kxc3 49.h4 Kc4 50.Kg3 Kb5 51.Bd2 e3 [51...c5-/+] 52.Bxe3 Kxa5 53.Kf2 Kb4 54.Bd2+ Kb3 55.Ba5 c5 56.Ke2 Ka4 57.Bc3 a5 58.Kd2 Bf5 59.Kc1 Kb5 60.Kb2 a4 61.Be5 Kc4 62.Ka3 Bd7 63.Bf6 Kd3 64.Be5 Kc2 65.Bd6 c4 66.Kb4 Bb5 [66...c3=/+] 67.Kxb5 Kb3 68.Bb4 c3 [=] 1-0 [Forfeit]
Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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