zydeco: <Dredge Rivers> Agreed. For all their pugnacity within the games themselves, these Soviet stars could be weirdly laidback when it came to tournament strategy.
Three theories: 1.These long elite tournaments were so taxing that they took short draws almost out of mental health considerations -- knocking that they would crack later on if they didn't give themselves rest days.
2. They got completely carried away with point-counting. Here, for instance, Keres may have decided that he shouldn't waste his energy trying to beat Smyslov; or beating Panno with black, because he figured that he was certain to beat Filip with white. Which was almost a smart decision -- except that he lost a winning position to Filip.
3. They had a sportsman's attitude. Where Americans love the old college try even in desperate situations, these guys sort of felt that it was beneath their dignity to try and scratch out a win if they didn't have an advantage on the board.
In any event, the whole thought process turned out to be something of a miscalculation, since players like Fischer, Larsen, and Korchnoi began to post consistently better tournament results than the old Soviet stars -- in part because the younger generation played every game to win and didn't needlessly give away half-points.
All that being said, in this game there's actually very little for Keres to play for in the final position.