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The Art of the Draw
Compiled by suenteus po 147

It is known as Stalemate. Sometimes the most villified aspect of the game, it is unique to chess in that it is one of the few sports and ancient competitions (if not the only one) that allows a draw between opponents. Sometimes agreed upon, sometimes discovered, and also sometimes forced, the draw in chess, like anything else, has become not only a survival strategy, but an artform of the game. The following illustrate:

The Immortal Draw
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's corner draw
W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw to avoid defeat
Bird vs G MacDonnell, 1882 
(B20) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Philidor Position
W Pollock vs Showalter, 1889  
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

The dreaded grandmaster draw...118 years ago
Blackburne vs Schlechter, 1895 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

It takes two to tango, but apparently only one to draw
Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1898 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Dread Opposite Color Bishop Draw
Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Three-fold repetition draw
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1903 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

The zugzwang draw
Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

The so-called "crazy rook" draw
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

A dubious draw
H Wolf vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C10) French, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

The deflection draw
Leonhardt vs Tarrasch, 1920 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Draw of "Careful Defence"
Alekhine vs Reti, 1922 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

The power of the queen to hold the game
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Carousel Draw; Or, all around the maypole...
Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Classical draw
Tartakower vs Reti, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Colossal draw
Znosko-Borovsky vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

A textbook draw; Or, when you're losing, trade pawns
Euwe vs Sultan Khan, 1932 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine demonstrates that an exposed king wins you nothing
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1934 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower compellingly demonstrates the rook/pawn endgame draw
Stahlberg vs Tartakower, 1937 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres illustrates the amazing two connected-pawns vs Rook draw
Keres vs E Eliskases, 1938 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

An unexpected draw
Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1944 
(C16) French, Winawer, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Artist at work
Petrosian vs A A Smorodsky, 1944 
(A28) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Striving only for equality
Petrosian vs Keres, 1946 
(D80) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

An extraordinary queen's draw game
Tartakower vs O Bernstein, 1946
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw between mutual friends, equals
Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two can play at this game...
Geller vs Golombek, 1952 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sacrificing for the draw
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "Big Picture" draw
Petrosian vs Averbakh, 1953 
(A17) English, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

A brilliant draw
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "Knight Odds" Draw
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

"The Luck of the Draw"
Koblents vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

A hard fought draw
Tal vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bear Hug Draw; Or, Fischer's "defeat" is Petrosian's "victory"
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1958 
(A16) English, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw of fatigue; Or, "draw" your own conclusion
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

The distant opposition draw
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two future world champion attackers sac themselves into a draw
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw as victory
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

When the art of the draw fails, 27...Rd6 instead of 27...Nxe4
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Great fight leads to open board queen draw
Keres vs Fischer, 1962 
(B20) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein's gambit almost beats Petrosian's draw. Amazing!
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Drawn endgame finds pretty stalemate
Portisch vs L Lengyel, 1964 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "Quick Draw"
F Mora vs Suttles, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sometimes the best defense is a good draw
I Zaitsev vs Karpov, 1966 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov discovers a simple yet elegant drawing resource
Y Nikolaevsky vs Taimanov, 1967 
(A10) English, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Artist falls afoul of his own medium; Or, Iron vs 3 folds
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

The blockade draw
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1972 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer deplores the draw, plays 29...Bxh2 instead of 29...Ke7
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

A world championship class draw
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Draw of proper promotion; Or, the Knight wins the Day!
L Day vs Timman, 1980 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

A defensive draw masterpiece
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

An epic defensive draw
Beliavsky vs Ulf Andersson, 1982 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 107 moves, 1/2-1/2

An orchestrated stalemate
Anand vs Dreev, 1991 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Positional endgame draw involving pawns, bishop, and opposition
Short vs Korchnoi, 1991
(C10) French, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ingenius stalemate combination
S Boyd vs T Glimbrant, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Miniature Stalemate
J Hohmeister vs T Frank, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw as escape hatch; Or, Kasparov cuts win "Short"
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko demonstrates the infamous "Bishop's Pawn vs Queen" draw
Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 
(A48) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "crowd-pleaser" draw
Anand vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

The draw of diminishing returns
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Master vs. machine: the perpetual draw
Bronstein vs Deep Blue, 1996 
(B20) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

A beautifully realized final position, courtesy of young Leko
Kramnik vs Leko, 1997 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Promise of Brilliant Draws to Come; Or, The Iceman Cometh
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1999 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive queen vs. queen and pawn endgame draw
Leko vs Kasparov, 2003 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

No forced win equals a forced draw; Or, draw by disagreement
A Iljushin vs V Beznosikov, 2003 
(A43) Old Benoni, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

When theoretical draws are put into practice....
Nakamura vs Zhu Chen, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 182 moves, 1/2-1/2

Forced draw by threat of mate; Or, Mutually Assured Destruction
Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik draws what others have lost
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Drawn from miraculous possibility
Anand vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

A WCh match draw: the tide does not turn, but ebbs still....
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(A61) Benoni, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

A "flawless" draw?
Leko vs Kramnik, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Acropolis Now
K Kokolias vs F Sigalas, 2005 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "Futuristic" Draw
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Material sac for the positional draw
Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Equality of Excellence
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2005 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Draw of Endless Torment
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Saving Resource Draw
Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

The rare "Fortress" Draw.
Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Draw Fire
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1999 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Irresistable Force vs. The Immovable Object
Kamsky vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Last Call Draw; Or, You can't go home, but you can't stay here!
Beliavsky vs Karjakin, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Patron Saint of Draws
Team White vs Team Black, 2006 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

"Quick on the Draw"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1936 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

"The Stalemate of Dust and Desire"
Anand vs Kramnik, 2007 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs. The Isolated Pawn!
O Krause vs Nimzowitsch, 1924  
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Kitchen Sink Stalemate
Albin vs Csank, 1890 
(C13) French, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Give me that old time Black magic
Topalov vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B32) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Drawn Together
Gelfand vs Adams, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Drawn from miraculous possibility too
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

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