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Zhong Zhang vs Gennadi Timoshchenko
Bled Olympiad (2002)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-21-05  cade: Wow. 115 moves and neither side lost a pawn! Incredible.
Oct-21-05  iron maiden: Not a single check, either.
Oct-21-05  Granite: I have no idea what was going on in this game at all. Guess that's why I don't play the Spanish.
Nov-26-05  Chopin: This game is bizarre.
Nov-27-05  Chopin: I'm no GM, but I get the feeling that these players had decided around move 40 that this game will be a draw, but they decided to play on for the fun of it.
Nov-27-05  Chopin: <Cade><Wow. 115 moves and neither side lost a pawn! Incredible.> I think that's exactly what they wanted to accomplish.
Feb-05-06  dbquintillion: I think 66. ... Qa7 is an improvement. The idea is 67. ... Qe7.

I think this really could have turned the tide of this game.

Mar-29-06  McCool: This game is soooo boring.
Mar-29-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Technical question: the last pawn move was 77...h6.

If the game had continued to move 127 without a further pawn move, is it automatically a draw, or does one side have to claim it?

Apr-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: If the game lasted until 127 without a capture or pawn move-either player can claim a draw. It is not automatic.
Dec-27-06  gauer: Does anyone know what the previous records were for longest game played with all eight soldiers remaining for each side? Do you have the links to the chess games here? I just love trench warfare, and perhaps this is most where computers still can use strategic planning skills. But humans tend to be more persistent to try and find improvements, normally turning fortresses into prisons, or crashing in the castle gates.
Dec-13-08  thebribri8: Here's one for you, Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008, although the result is contrary to your belief.
Dec-17-08  WhiteRook48: all 16 pawns remaining for 115 moves and the game ends??
Dec-17-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: 68.Nf5 Bxf5! 69.gxf5 g5! :)
Dec-22-08  WhiteRook48: Amazing game. 155 moves go by and it's still the opening by the looks of it.
Dec-31-08  gauer: There might be a bit more to find by digging up some flagged games in gauer's Game Collections & below are some other ideas in unlocking Locked structures:

Morphy, in a blind simul, may have missed the win in Morphy vs S Boden, 1859 1/2.

Invading the Open Diagonals in a Locked position is featured in Englisch vs J Bauer, 1890 1-0.

A novel Pillsbury Attack Plan takes its introductory bow in Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 1-0, with the practitioner showing off similar ideas in Pillsbury vs E Delmar, 1893 1-0, but also noting less successful tries in Pillsbury vs J C Halpern, 1894 0-1, thereby modernizing the Queens Gambit theory.

A Chigorin Spanish Attack Plan features play to control the few Open Files in N Johansson vs R Rey-Ardid, 1933 1-0, & a result with the Tables Turned is featured in Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1916 0-1.

In addition to Horizontal structures, a French Attack Plan features the Wedge (a Diagonal Pawn formation - see below, Doubled), in Duras vs Spielmann, 1912 1-0, also demonstrating the strength of a Controlled Open line (here, a File again). In other French ideas, the white King might be caught visiting the Centre for too long, being a poor Blockader of an unshackled Chain, as in Maroczy / Rollans vs Korchnoi, 1985 0-1, when the Kingside Attack vs his counter-part might not work out so well.

Common in the Kings Injun Attack Plan is the Diagonal Pawn Chain, as in Belov vs Prohorov, 1991 0-1, here featuring an imbalance of Heavy-duty units.

Tandem chess - members of each team get to decide when/whether to attempt a successful Exchange Sack Break, Blackburne / Potter vs Steinitz / Zukertort, 1875 1/2 ending instead in a Drawn position.

Page 14 of Sam Loyd features a couple of the Geometric ideas of the Passage theme via Pawn Break, & Kudrin vs R Douven, 1989 1-0 features how quickly a related Quart-grip Pawn Chain position can go from seemingly closed to open in just a few moves of Bull-dozing. For more on Ram Lever Breaks, Von Popiel vs Janowski, 1896 0-1 features a much Central contact between moves 13-20, with potential to divide the board in two.

In addition to the Horizontal & Diagonal Chains, a book called "Point Count Chess" also deals with the theme of reverse-salient side Pawn Levers via the Undermining tactic of Salient features of the related Wedge structure, as in Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916 0-1, with a typical goal being to attack an Anchor of an Outpost.

Rook & many Pawn endings often feature a common Drawing tactic of getting a Fortress by finding lines to continually apply distant checks, but in Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924 1-0, a well-timed Pawn Break stops the position from becoming too Locked up for the white King too soon.

Some of the dificulties in seeing two competing algorithms attempt to manoeuvre for a win in less than human-type normal efforts are featured in The Baron vs Zappa, 2007 0-1. Earlier on, black finds a useful Staircase method in Deep Fritz vs Deep Junior, 2001 0-1.

Anand vs Svidler, 2006 1-0, near move 30, gives a fairly symmetrical, partially Locked position with a multitude of Pawns in play.

Although enclosed, white gets Imprisoned in a Tomb in B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 0-1, being unable to build a Fort for his King.

Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: I wonder what would happen if ICC saw this. They'd probably throw the score sheet away, then give both players a lecture on "serious chess." but let's face it, we don't NEED to play serious chess... LOOK AT NAKAMURA!! Get the idea, ICC? "what is funny chess? We're serious about this..."
"ARGH WHAT?? SERIOUS CHESS? YOU'RE RUINING THE GAME!"
Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: funny game.
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: on the other hand, it isn't exactly good to go on and on about being funny about chess either.
Sep-05-09  Gouvaneur: I didn't read all comments, but I've got the feeling that White tried to use the so called "Spanish Torture" against Timoschenko. Maybe he really had to play for a win, and even if he didn't, he maybe wanted to test his opponent for 80 moves, and just wait what happens. It's like, both players waited for the other one to undertake a risky manoveur/pawn break/whatever...

The 2 doubled black rooks are a very good example of Nimzowitsch's "mysterious rook moves", White couldn't open the f-file without enhancing life to black's rooks.

Sep-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: The match China vs Slovakia ended 2.5 to 1.5

It's still unclear who wanted to play on.
While it should be obvious for Timoshchenko, it has been Zhang who avoided the 50 pawnless moves rule first by playing 76.h4 .

Dec-16-10  Tigranny: Isn't this a draw by 50?
Dec-16-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Tigranny> No. The rule is 50 moves by both sides without a capture or a pawn move. After White's 33.g4, there cannot be a draw claim until move 83. Then 76.h4 and 77...h6 push the count back to move 127, so when the game ends on move 115 no claim on the 50 move rule could have been made.
Jan-06-12  Sho: All work and no play
Apr-27-12  Gogia: Too Much Pawns Will Draw You
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