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Samuel Reshevsky vs Anatoly Karpov
Skopje (1976), Skopje MKD, rd 7, Mar-07
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Apr-25-05  aw1988: Sadly the only game between two positional geniuses, and a 12-move-draw at that.
May-18-05  woodenbishop: I hate when masters draw after only 10 or 20 moves... luckily, Fischer always played for a win.
May-18-05  Boomie: Karpov was rated 140 higher than the 2nd player in this tourney, which he won handily. I suspect that he gave Reshevsky the half point out of respect for his achievements.
Sep-07-05  refutor: amazing...reshevsky played both rubinstein and karpov...
Feb-05-07  Arkhangel: Hmmm... a 12-move draw. Question: Why?
Feb-05-07  Archives: Typical Drawsky and Drawov
Jul-22-08  RookFile: <Arkhangel: Hmmm... a 12-move draw. Question: Why? >

In those days, Karpov played wholeheartedly to win with white, and draw with black. Unless of course, he was playing a non-GM with black, then it was win at all costs.

You can't really blame Reshevsky, arguably 20+ years past his prime, for securing a half point against the reigning world champion.

Dec-23-08  chessamateur: <refutor> Also Capablanca, Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1935
Dec-23-08  RookFile: and lasker
Dec-30-08  M.D. Wilson: <Karpov was rated 140 higher than the 2nd player in this tourney, which he won handily. I suspect that he gave Reshevsky the half point out of respect for his achievements.> Probably. If these two played a match in 1976, I know who I'd put my money on. This is just a tournament game.
Nov-26-12  RookFile: Of course Karpov was stronger then. Reshevsky himself wouldn't dispute that. Seems pretty clear Reshevsky was setting up a drawing setup with white from move one in this game.
Nov-26-12
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  perfidious: Karpov had 5.5 from six games going in, and mayhap Reshevsky was still recovering from this disastrous defeat two rounds before (Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976), though Adorjan hardly tried to make an impression with White in the sixth round either.
Nov-26-12  RookFile: Yeah, if you're a kid and you play the champ, you probably go all out for the win to secure your place in immortality. The only problem is that Karpov wins if you try that.
Feb-24-13  Mudphudder: Good grief, this game is disgusting. It must have been this year that started the era of dispicable grandmaster draws that continues on today!
Feb-24-13  Schlechter: fischer always plays for a win does he?
have you bothered to look at how short some of his draws were.
Apr-18-14  Petrosianic: <Mudphudder>: <It must have been this year that started the era of dispicable grandmaster draws that continues on today!>

This is a GM draw.
Therefore this is one of the first GM draws.

Nope, that argument doesn't make a lick of sense. You're obviously not familiar with games like this.

Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1922

Apr-18-14
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  perfidious: <Schlechter: fischer always plays for a win does he? have you bothered to look at how short some of his draws were.>

This, coming from a poster who styles himself 'Schlechter', is not without its amusing aspects.

There were but few such efforts by Fischer, same as Korchnoi, compared to numerous other people who could play a little.

If young Bobby wanted to take a quick draw as White with another US title wrapped up (Fischer vs Benko, 1961), who among us can say we would not have done so in his shoes?

Dec-07-14  Howard: One suspects that since Karpov had gotten off to a blazing start in this tournament, he may have decided to give Reshevsky "a break" and let him have an easy draw, out of respect for the old veteran. After all, this was the first time they'd played each other---and it also turned out to be the last.
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