David TaylorKankakee, IL, USA
One of my best chess results was winning the finals of the United States Correspondence Chess Championship with a score of 13 wins and 1 draw and no losses. I am the only person in the history of the finals of the United States Correspondence Chess Championship who scored all wins with the black pieces. 7 out of 7 and 4 of these were with 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 !?
Recently Keith Hayward and I wrote the book Play The Ponziani. There are several reviews on this book.
I also wrote a book called Ponziani Power and a book called Scandinavian Uprising.
I am a "old timer" and have lots of chess stories. These are printed in my blogs.
My current Fide Correspondence rating is 2538 but I needed 3 more games to make that a permanent rating.
Too bad [for me] that at the time I was playing they did not rate games played in the preliminary rounds of the US Correspondence Championship. I was undefeated and came in first in two preliminary rounds.
Now they rate games in the preliminary sections. If it applied to me, my rating would be over 2550 and I would have a title.
I had to give up serious chess because of health problems.
However before that I played an internet game against the very strong TCCMB Team. Their top player is now a correspondence grandmaster. They had just wiped out a very good master and I challenged them to a game using their opening Albin Counter Gambit.
I had White and played 1.d4 for only the 2nd time in out of hundreds of correspondence games. The game was an epic battle and was followed on the internet, each move posted, by hundreds of viewers. The game lasted a little over a year . I used a stragedy of almost always responding to a move the same day. Thus my total time for the game of over 50 moves was 1 day vs over 300 days for the team [and they used time outs and vacations which were not counted against them] They actually used more "timeouts" then they said they would at the start of the game. There was a little dispute with the tournament director about this and basically the team said it was THEIR game and they could take the extra time outs and vacations. [It did not matter to me as I thought I was winning]
It frustrated them no end that they would spend a week or more to make their move and immediately they would receive a move back. They were defending an endgame with their Bad Bishop vs my Good Knight.
At the end of the game they mentioned they had sent thousands of emails back and forth discussing possible moves.
To add to the game, I gave a nice quote or two with every move such as "a horse, a horse, of course, of course" Mr. Ed. They had to have one member of their team do nothing but respond to my quotes.
Just about when they thought they were going to draw---I played a sacrifice of a N for a Pawn which led to a win in about a dozen more moves. This sacrifice had not been seen by anyone--not the team and not the hundreds of spectators.
As I had "seen" this Knight for a Pawn sacrifice several moves before it was actually played--it is one of my best sacrifices in chess.
Dave Taylor vs TCCMB Team
White Dave Taylor 
Black TCCMB TEAM [2283 median]