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Not in shape (yet)!

Things don’t look to good for our hero so far. He drew in the first round as expected, equalized with black in the second round and as a true gentleman he refused to beat a woman in the third round. In the fourth round he had to face the guy with the name that nobody can pronounce (Ne-pom-ni-she). I don’t know what went wrong with the preparation for this game, because Leko plays a novelity on move 15 and loses track immediately after a rather obvious reply that is among the top choices for every engine, so it wasn’t exactly unexpected. Basically it was a rare loss straight from the opening.

 

On a sidenote: Hou Yifan found a nice drawing mechanism against Chucky. It is neither forced up to that point nor are there any predecessors, so I assume that it was just an over the board creation.

Christmas in July

I don’t know about you, but whenever Peter Leko plays a game, it feels like a major holiday to me. Ok, he played all the top computer moves and ended up a pawn down, so it wasn’t the typical draw that the fans would have expected. Still it all ended in a repetiton and who wants to argue with the master? We’re not worthy!

Sometimes it’s not that easy

If you are searching for draws in the Qc2-Nimzo, you will find this model game by Khalifman, who was an absolutely brilliant player once, but became a Drawmeister at the later stage of his career.

If you check this game with engines, you will notice that 10… f6 is their top choice, so if you want to go for this line, you have to come up with an answer. Khodashenas came up with such an answer, but he was still in for a rough ride, because 19…Nf6 keeps it alive.

Drawmeister of the Day

While the world elite is on vacation, we have to watch the second tier battle it out. To my surprise they do have a lot of decisive results and even the draws are mostly fought out, so there is not much left for me to report. Apparently these guys haven’t reached the level yet, where they get paid for just reproducing 25 moves of computer analysis before calling it a day. In the absence of anything better, here are some of short draws in well known lines:

Under pressure!

Going back to the game So-Giri, it may turn out that the inclusion of a5 and Rb1 might actually be very important.

I don’t remember Shirov ever losing that fast in such a well known theoretical position. He made just three moves and resigned. Ugly!

Please take my bishop

The lovely thing about chess is, that we never run out of tournaments. Let the Drawmeister Parade continue forever!

Thanks Boyz!

Cool, I didn’t know this version of the repetition. The line was immediately added to our repertoire of course 🙂

This one is a nice product of computer analysis also:

Drawmeister of the Day

Sometimes you can see it coming…

Not so pathetic after all

Usually I just click games of Wesley So away. This time it was quite interesting though, because the following game contains a double novelity, since the drawing mechanism works from two positions.

Respect!

That’s what I call honest.