Material vs. Activity Endgame
I found this position recently in a set of digital photographs. It is from a game I played about a year ago against a longtime friend whom I had not played in several years.
Both of us were of about 1200 strength at this time. We began the game at 6:30 PM one Wednesday, and after an opening blunder (since I was just learning the Dragon) I lost a pawn immediately. But I pressed on. Later, I sacrificed another pawn, which made the position extremely complicated. And stunningly, there were no major blunders until around 10:15 that night when we had to adjourn the game.
After the adjournment, the next week, my friend blundered a piece and I proceeded to win the endgame. It took almost 3 hours to finish the game. To this day it is the longest game I've ever played - 6 hours, 2 sittings. And of course, many slices of pizza.
We did not notate this game, but I do have the position which we adjourned in. I am 2 pawns down, but with compensation. Whether or not this compensation is sufficient remains a mystery. I'd like to know your thoughts on it. In the game, my opponent played Bc6?? which lost a piece and, eventually, the game.