This is the state of play after several hours of idle chat that took us on a ramble through several centuries of European literature, with a nod to the Confucian Analects and a bottle of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo from the Casale Vecchio, which is to say, being translated, an antique fort, full at the commencement of hostilities and empty in the middle, a situation that amply describes Ardle’s middle-diddle game, which was full of gammon at the beginning, with its P-K4 and Kt-KN3, but things fell apart, the centre could not hold and he concluded the day with Q-KN5.
I played my move after he left, declining the queen exchange and moving the queen from KB3 to KB1.
I suppose that if Ardle posts his move in the comments section, this game may gradually crawl towards a conclusion.
While we await his response, let us read about the wine that he kindly donated for the occasion. Rather good it was, smooth and with no trace of sour grapes:
P. S. I will warn those of you with a honed palate that this game of chess will bore you if you are looking for sophistication. 😉