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Hans-Joachim Vatter vs John Nunn
Bundesliga (1985/86), FRG
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack Long Variation (C55)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-03-10  Salaskan: Why was this drawn? Fritz gives the final position as +1 for white since the black pawns are overextended (27.Rc1 e5 28.Bc1 e4 29.Re1 Re7 30.Bd2 Kd7 31.Kf4 )
Dec-03-10  MaxxLange: Why was it a draw? I can think of a few stock reasons

It may have been a time pressure thing. It may have been a deal where the higher rated player offered a draw because he was worse, and it was accepted because, hey, "I drew John Nunn once!"

Also, Fritz may also be right that White is going to win a pawn, but maybe he has to trade the minor pieces to win it, and the Rook ending after that might be a draw.

It's also always possible that both players were hungover and just wanted to go lie down in their hotel rooms.

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  perfidious: Another plausible scenario is that, being from a Bundesliga match, the result was part of a package deal.
Dec-03-10  MaxxLange: yep! get the fainting couch - that kind of deal does happen

let's all drive back to Moscow with SOME money, instead of risking ALL of us being broke.....

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  NM JRousselle: 15 Bh6! is Marshall's move.

At least 17 moves of this game is ancient book. I wonder how many moves were actually played once the game left the book?

Dec-04-10  MaxxLange: so, that is another case: both players believed it was a book draw, they were in some kind of opening duel, playing out 19th century romantic attacking lines, hoping that the other guy would make an error
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