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Joel Benjamin vs Jim Eade
Ch Amateur Team, Parsippany (USA) (1999), rd 3
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  1/2-1/2
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May-21-04  horticulture: I find it a terrible shame that the author of one of the most user-friendly beginner's chess books (namely, Chess For Dummies by IDG Books) has absolutely no kibiting! (sighs)
May-22-04  DtO: James Eade and Jim Eade are the same person? (James Eade is the name that appears on the cover of Chess for Dummies)

Can someone help me out here? To me, it seems this should be a win for black...why did they agree to draw?

May-23-04  Lawrence: <DtO>, welcome to this great site. Maybe Eade was just trying to show what a dummy he is--trying to sell more copies of his book?--because Junior 8 shows that after 20...Rag8 the eval is -1.18 (15 min. search)
May-23-04
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  Jim Bartle: What is frustrating about this game is that the final position is complex, certainly not lifeless and drawish. So why a draw?

So Benjamin, one of the top players in the US, offers a draw as white against a lower-ranked opponent. This would suggest he really doesn't like his position. So Eades may have decided to take the sure half-point rather than risk a loss to a clearly superior player (despite having a better position?)

May-23-04  Lawrence: <JimB>, that sounds right.
May-23-04  DtO: Sounds like chess politics. =)
May-24-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: I often offer draws (or accept them) in better positions against players who are better than me. I think it optimizes my results in the long run.
May-25-04  DtO: I don't understand why you do so, but I'll accept the advice..
May-26-04
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  tpstar: Guys, remember this was a team tournament, so any conventional considerations of win/draw/loss are skewed by how the other Boards are doing at the time, which we have no way to know. As a rule, when someone offers a draw in an unclear position, they know they're losing.
May-26-04
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  acirce: <DtO> Of course it depends on how MUCH better I am on the board and whether the opponent has counterchances or if I at least have a safe draw... etc. And on the situation in the tournament (important last round?) or team match... but that is also self-evident.
Mar-08-05  DanielBryant: Alright, 20...Rae8 then what?
Apr-29-06  jimeade: Hi all,

I actually played 20...Rae8 and offered the draw. Joel thought for quite some time before accepting it. What I saw was 21. f6 Kxe6 22. Qg4+ with perpetual check.

Apr-29-06  jimeade: Yes, I wrote Chess for Dummies, and yes, sometimes I play like one. ;-)
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