Having celebrated the New Year at home, I was still up in the first few hours of 2022 when I got the news I was waiting for. My ICCF (correspondence chess) opponent agreed to a draw, which gave me the required 4.5 points for my very first norm. Now I need one more to qualify for the Correspondence Chess Expert title. Let's do this!
NCM Sladek,Vaclav (2091) - IM Mende,Ingus (2444) [E32]
DE15A pr 52 ICCF, 05.04.20211.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd2 b6 7.e4 c5 8.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxd4 10.Nxd4 e5 11.Ne2 Be6 12.Ng3 Nc6 13.a4 Rc8 14.Be2 a6 15.0-0 b5 16.axb5 axb5 17.b3 Nd7 18.Qd2 Nc5 19.Rab1 bxc4 20.Bxc4 Bxc4 21.bxc4 Rb8 22.Rb5 Nb3 23.Rxb8 Qxb8 24.Qd5 Nbd4 25.Bxd4 Nxd4 26.Nf5 Nxf5 27.exf5 Rc8 28.g3 Qb4 1/2-1/2 Once the center pawns are exchanged, it's a dead draw. See final position below.
NCM Vas Sladek
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