My First Chess Game | James Howard My First Chess Game | James Howard

James Howard A Mathematician, a Different Kind of Mathematician, and a Statistician

My First Chess Game

It’s not really my first, but I started playing in tournaments online through the United States Chess Federation, the Correspondence Chess League of America, and the International Correspondence Chess Federation. I am currently in one tournament sponsored by the CCLA and one by the ICCF. My first game ended today with a loss.

[Event "USA/S40199 (USA)"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2014.6.9"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Howard, James"]
[Black "Duncovich, Mark"]
[Result "0-1"]
[BlackElo "1728"]

1.c4 e5 2.d3 d5 3.Qc2 Nf6 4.Bd2 Be6 5.Nc3 d4 
6.Nb5 a6 7.O-O-O

This is the point where I lost the game. I won’t be queenside castling anymore.

axb5 8.cxb5 Bd6 9.e3 O-O 10.exd4 Rxa2 
11.Qb1 Nbd7 12.b3 Qa8 13.d5 Bxd5 14.d4 Ba3+ 15.Qb2 Bxb2+ 
16.Kc2 Bxd4+ 17.Kd3 Nc5+ 18.Ke2 Bxb3 19.Kf3 e4+ 20.Kf4 Bxd1 
21.f3 Ne6+ 22.Kf5 Rxd2 23.fxe4 Rf2+ 24.Nf3 Bxf3 25.gxf3 Rxf3# 
0-1