John Ballow has clinched 1st place in the 18th U.S. Correspondence Championship. He scored 9.5/14 and did not lose a game. Gary Walters can match the 9.5 but has a loss and would thus lose on tiebreaks.
In a recent email, John wrote "My best game was against Wilson (rated at one time over 2400 USCF). I traded my queen for 3 minor pieces" with 31.Nxe6!!
Here it is:
John Ballow 2355 - Abe Wilson 2200
18th USCCC 2009-10
C92 Ruy Lopez
PGN of all the completed 18th USCCC games (91 of 105)
ICCF-US press release.
The release states that John started playing cc in 2007 but, as I mentioned in post #733, we played via postal in 1991-92.