Mystery game #51: Two veterans battle to hard-fought draw

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  • Mystery game #51: Two veterans battle to hard-fought draw

    Here is the text of an interesting game. You can discuss the game, player strengths, era, setting, time controls, and so forth. I will provide all data in a few days. Enjoy!!

    1.c4 e5 2.g3 f5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qe3+ Qe7 7.Nc3 Nb4 8.Qd2 Qd6 9.a3 Qxd2+ 10.Kxd2 Na6 11.b4 Be7 12.Nh3 O-O 13.e3 c6 14.Ke2 Nc7 15.Nf4 d6 16.h4 Bd7 17.Bb2 Ng4 18.Rhd1 Ne5 19.c5 Nc4 20.cxd6 Bxd6 21.Rab1 Rad8 22.Nd3 Be6 23.Bc1 Ne5 24.Nxe5 Bxe5 25.Bb2 Bc4+ 26.Ke1 Nb5 27.Nxb5 Bxb2 28.Rxb2 Rxd1+ 29.Kxd1 Bxb5 30.Rd2 g6 31.Rd6 Kg7 32.Kd2 Rf6 33.Rd7+ Rf7 34.Rxf7+ Kxf7 35.e4 Kf6 36.Ke3 fxe4 37.Bxe4 b6 38.h5 c5 39.bxc5 bxc5 40.f4 Bd7 41.hxg6 hxg6 42.Kf3 Ba4 43.Ke3 Bd7 44.Bf3 Ba4 45.Be2 Bd7 46.Kd2 Bc6 47.Kc3 Bd5 48.Bc4 Bf3 49.Ba6 g5 50.fxg5 Kxg5 51.Bc8 Bd5 52.Kd3 Kf6 53.Ke3 Ke5 54.g4 Be4 55.Ba6 Bd5 56.a4 Bb3 57.a5 Be6 58.Be2 c4 59.Kd2 Kd4 60.g5 Bf5 61.Bh5 c3+ 62.Kc1 Ke5 63.Bd1 Kf4,

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    Ron Brice (2099) -- Wayne Coppin (2021), Ontario Open, Kingston 2003 (4), played 2003-05-20. Time controls: 30/90', SD/60'. TD/Org: Frank Dixon.
    These two are both veterans of Canadian chess, but neither has been active for several years now.
    Brice was significantly more active than Coppin; for a period of more than ten years, he participated in a very high proportion of important Ontario events, with a rating reaching as high as 2247. Ron, a Hamilton resident, told me that he had won the Open section of every event on the Eastern Ontario Chess Association's Grand Prix circuit, at one time or another.
    Coppin stuck mainly to Kingston events since moving to the city in 1993. He had earlier played tournament chess as a resident of Calgary, Windsor, Peterborough and Port Hope, dating back into the mid-1970s. His peak rating of 2114 was attained in Kingston around the year 2000.
    In the game, although the queens are exchanged early, the game is quite interesting, as both veterans try to outplay the other with subtle strategy. A draw is the fair outcome. Nether player featured among the tournament prize winners.
    As TD, I did award each player in this game a Best Game prize, for creative originality. The Ontario Chess Association came up with some extra money for the event several weeks after it was completed, so I decided on Best Game prizes as the way to use this most welcome infusion!