Today at the French Team Championship chess fans from all over the world could watch Fier and Bracrot draw their game in 10 moves. This was very disappointing, because the line featured on this website is 18 moves long. The spectators and the sponsors were basically deprived of 8 more moves of exciting grandmaster chess.
Bobby on the same subject many years later on Icelandic Radio:
He [Capablanca] wanted to change the rules [of chess] already, back in the twenties, because he said chess was getting played out. He was right. Now chess is completely dead. It is all just memorisation and prearrangement. It’s a terrible game now. Very uncreative.
It seems that someone forgot to tell the Don about it…
The 3rd round of the Gashimov Memorial saw the encounter of well known Super-Drawmeister Teimour Radjabov vs. The Artist, Anish Giri. They started off just like Goganov-Wojtaszek from last week, but then at move twelve the unthinkable happened and Radjabov deviated. Did he forget such a trivial line or was he even playing for a loss? Well, the answer is simple: No draws allowed before move 40!
Sorry, but you can’t come up with rules in order to force players to fight, because their motivation remains to be an inner fact after all.
In the 2nd round of the European Invididual Championship, Vitaly Kunin wheeled out a very old drawmeister-line that dates back all the way to Grünfeld-Keres, Warsaw 1935. Back in the day, Grünfeld got outplayed because he didn’t know that the engine shows 0.00, but we can certainly do better than that in 2016! What follows is one of the most amazing draws of recent time.
After white’s 34th move we can already see what’s coming: Black will win the e4-pawn, but his extra-pawn is just a doubled pawn in the c-file. Vitiugov decides that an extra pawn doesn’t matter in this position and goes for a simple exchange in order to get his king on e4. After white’s 39th move we arrive a the critical position of the game. Is this a geometrical fortress?
Vitiugov manages to unbalance the white structure by forcing white to move the c-pawn on a light square. He decides to exchange it off also and goes after the a-pawn, but then the miracle happens: The black king gets boxed in with no way to escape!
I don’t know if the whole concept behind this wall was prepared by Kunin before the game or if he found everything over the board. In either case, it is worth an applause!