With COVID-19 shutting things down, some players have switched to playing webserver-based correspondence chess. The International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) has many big events and some can earn you norms towards titles.
But with databases and strong engines available, it's like swimming with sharks. You've been warned. In one game, as we reached the middlegame, my Indian opponent announced that I was losing a piece by force and he would chase down my extra pawns. I doubt he labored over the position in his chess lab. Most likely he just fed it to his chess engine.
The game presented here is my 16-move crush of a Slovak opponent who proudly announced that he doesn't use engines. Of course, this is great for his chess improvement but not for his ICCF rating. He should stick to online chess.
[Event "3MAB20/VEN/13S1 (VEN)"]
[White "Sladek, Vaclav"]
[Black "Kopcok, Michal"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 h6 7. Bxf6 gxf6 8.Bxc4 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O Qd6 11. d5 (open up lines to the enemy king while you can) b4 12. e5! fxe5 13. Ne4 (Qxd5? 14. Nf6+ +-) Qd8 14. dxe6 fxe6 15. Qb3 Kf7 16. Nxe5+ and Black gets mated 1-0
NCM Vas Sladek
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