♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 ) Great lossThe great loss for Alex Dunne is devastating news. Few have done so much for correspondence chess for so long - with fairness, clarity and inspiration. Puts smaller problems - like making a poor move - in a bit of perspective.
♡ 236 ( +1 | -1 ) ?Not heard anything about this, has he died or something ? I don't play correspondence chess so I am not well up on the leading players in that field. He was the author of the Complete Guide to Correspondence Chess ?
If you are interested I have found one of his better games, annotated by the loser.
Alex Dunne - Robert Jacobs Queen's Gambit Declined, Slav Defense, D16
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bg4 I often play this move in lieu of the more common 5...Bf5. After the game, Alex told me that he too used to play it often, so it's not surprising he found some good ideas. 6. Ne5 Bh5 Here the books recommend three possible pawn moves, each of which supposedly gives White a slight edge: h3, g3, and f3. Alex chooses the most solid. 7. g3 e6 8. Bg2 Be7 The books give 8...Bb4 but I'm inclined to think that square is best reserved for the knight. 9. 0-0 0-0 10. Nxc4 Na6 11. h3 Qc8! A fine move which gives Black equality if not a bit more. The primary idea is to get a rook on the Queen file immediately. 12. g4 Bg6 13. e4 Rd8 14. Be3 White's achieved an apparently strong pawn center--but it's soon under a lot of pressure. 14...c5 15. d5 Nxe4! 16. Nxe4 exd5 17. Ned6 Bxd6 18. Bxd5! Threatening 19. Nxd6 and if 19...Rxd6 then 20. Bxf7+. 18...Bb8 Probably not the best. Today 18...Bc7 looks better. 19. Bxb7?! Flashy but with precise play (a big proviso), Black should emerge on top. 19. Qf3 is probably better since 19...Qc7 can be parried with 20. Rfd1. Now of course Black must do something about the back rank mate. 19...Bxh2+ 20. Kxh2 A critical position. I looked a long time, failed to anticipate Dunne's defensive resources and erred. The simple 20...Qxb7 produces a winning position for Black since his pieces pretty much control the board; White's queen is en prise; Black threatens 21...Bd3 winning material or Black's queen and the light square bishop can pulverize the White king on the light squares. But I thought I saw the chance to win the game quickly so... 20...Qc7+? 21. Nd6!! A star defensive move truly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Black must lose the exchange with little compensation. 21...Rxd6 22. Bf4 Qxb7 The only way to continue the fight. If 22...Rxd1 23. Bxc7 Rxa1 24. Rxa1 Nxc7 25. Bxa8 Nxa8 26. Rd1 wins. 23. Qxd6 Qf3 24. Bg3 Be4 25. Rg1 And though I struggled on a few more moves, I was unable to generate anything against Dunne's accurate defense and soon resigned. 1-0