But the literal experience was a particularly disappointing one for those who believed they had seized the initiative in the initial over-the-board
jousting with their foes.
The Greater Manchester player Phil Adams is a strong over-the-board
and correspondence player.
Mike Donnelly feels that his over-the-board
grade is on hold at the moment as he is devoting more time to an international correspondence match in which he is competing.
It might be thought that there is less chance of going wrong in correspondence chess than the over-the-board