Loinjak has won the title now for the third time. The event was decided in the very last game when Sassler could only achieve a draw against former LSS WCH winner Alex Bubir. Achieving a second win against this opponent would have put the crown of the LSS World Champion onto his head. It was a tight event as the next to last place player scored only 2 points less then the winner. (The last place finisher withdrew about six months after tournament started, forfeiting all his games).
As is typical in this day of a dedicated computer and an engine vs. a dedicated computer and an engine, Loinjak's score was +2 -0 =12 (not counting the two wins against the withdrawn player). This was a 9-player, double round event and not counting the withdrawn player, the guy who finished in 8th place scored +1 -3 =10, also not counting the two forfeit wins against the withdrawn player. A grand total of 7 games were decisive.
Loinjak is a Senior International Correspondence Master with the ICCF, a title which he was awarded in 2011. His rating is 2530. I was going to post a game from the event, but decided what's the point? Who wants to play over a game between engines? Also, I realized that my puny 4-core Toshiba Satellite laptop running Komodo 8 isn't going to show anything!
With draws in correspondence chess at unacceptable numbers I am beginning to think that Arno Nickel may have the solution. His solution is a new scoring system for different kinds of draws.
Barring a mouse-slip what are the chances that I will ever play another correspondence game (at the time we used post cards!) like this again?