Drawmeister of the Day

If I ever offer merchandise on this website, a pinstripe shirt will be part of the collection for sure.


Discretion is the better part of valour

Absolute Statements? Absolutely Not!

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…

Drawmeister of the Day

Today Radjabov and Safarli showed us a cute draw in the Grünfeld.

Why did it take them 2.5 hours to reproduce their joint analysis?

Sofia Rules

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.

Drawmeister of the Day

The 9th round of the Euro Individual Champs featured a known draw that was already recommended on this website of course.

The Art of Draw

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!


A lesson from Horse Show Jumping

Refusing or Running out at any fence:

  • 1st: 4 faults
  • 2nd: another 4 faults added on
  • 3rd: elimination (ELM)



Meanwhile in Russia

The 7th round of the Team Championship featured another game by Lysyj in the Bf4-Grünfeld. The second time around, Igor executed the Drawmeister-Strategy almost to perfection: He forced his higher rated opponent to play an inferior sequence in order to avoid the draw, went on to win a pawn, but ultimately failed to convert it.

Close, but no cigar!

Drawmeister of the Day

Today the 3rd round of the Russian Team Championship featured the heroic efforts of Igor Lysyj who drew Grischuk in the Grünfeld using a line recommended on this website. Bravo Igor, well done!

Play it safe!