The month of January was full of accomplishments for correspondence chess player Major Kristo Miettinen. Kristo Miettinen clinched first place in the Eleventh North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship (NAICCC.) Later in the same month, Kristo Miettinen was awarded with the Senior International Master title by the International Correspondence Chess Federation. Like many players around his age, Kristo Mietinen became interested in the game of chess during the 1972 Fischer vs. Spassky chess match. Kristo proclaims that, “My first experiences with correspondence chess came a few years later, in 1975, at the Kaivopuisto chess park in Helsinki. There I met correspondence players who would bring their CC recorders with them to the park, to discuss their ongoing games with anyone willing to offer an opinion. Within a year I too was playing CC with my friends, albeit eschewing consultation.” From that point forward it was a long and arduous road to the top of the North American Correspondence Chess ladder. Below is a fine example of Kristo’s play as well as the cross table from the Eleventh North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship (NAICCC.)
White: IM Miettinen, Kristo (USA)
Black: Labonte, Richard (CAN)
Event: 11th NAICC ch.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Kh1 b5 11.a4 b4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bb7 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.d6 Bf6 16.Bf5 g6 17.Bh3 e4 18.Nd4 Bg7 19.a5 Ne5 20.Nb3 Bc6 21.Bf4 f5 22.Nc5 Qe8 23.Qd4 Bb5 24.Rfd1 Nc4 25.Qd5+ Qf7 26.Qxf7+ Kxf7 27.b3 Ne5 28.d7 Rfd8 29.Rab1 Ra7 30.g4 Nxg4 31.Bxg4 fxg4 32.Bg5 Rdxd7 33.Nxd7 Bxd7 34.Be3 Rc7 35.Bf4 Rb7 36.Rd6 Bb5 37.Rbd1 Re7 38.Be3 Rc7 39.Rb6 Bf6 40.Rd5 Rxc2 41.Rdd6 Bh4 42.Rb7+ Kg8 43.Rxb5 axb5 44.a6 Ra2 45.a7 Ra1+ 46.Kg2 Kf7 47.Rc6 Ra2+ 48.Kf1 Bf6 49.Bb6 Be5 50.Rc8 Bxh2 51.a8Q Rxa8 52.Rxa8 Ke6 53.Ra5 Bf4 54.Rxb5 g3 55.Rxb4 Kf5 56.Rc4 h5 57.Bc7 g5 58.b4 h4 59.Kg2 Kg4 60.Bxf4 gxf4 61.Rxe4 ½–½
XD = result by default