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Reinhard Nuber vs Roland Keckeisen
"Piece Treaty" (game of the day Dec-28-2015)
Mengen (1994), Mengen GER
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0


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Jan-15-07  Akuni: Wow, an entire game without any captures
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  MrMelad: Say no to violence! :)

This is actualy the longest decisive game without captures acording to:

Missing games in from the article:

Robert Hübner - Kenneth Rogoff -
... agreed to make a draw after one move was played (1. c4) - this was actually beneficial to the whole team ... the arbiters insisted that they play some moves, so they made up a score sheet with ludicrous moves (according to the tournament book the game went 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Ng1 Bg7 4. Qa4 0-0 5. Qxd7 Qxd7 6. g4 Qxd2+ 7. Kxd2 Nxg4 8. b4 a5 9. a4 Bxa1 10. Bb2 Nc6 11. Bh8 Bg7 12. h4 axb4 draw agreed). The referees didn't accept that either — and as Hübner still resisted making a move, it was counted as a win for Rogoff

Filipowicz - Smederevac, Polanica Zdroj 1966, lasted 70 moves without a single capture. The game ended as a draw.

Jun-24-07  Jake Robertson: Thats the funniest game I have ever seen. I think they may have done it as a publicity stunt
Nov-19-07  Whitehat1963: INCREDIBLE?? Or is it merely a composition?
Feb-08-08  D.Observer: Just to make the record of the longest decisive game without captures, black rather chose to resign than to continue with 31. ... ♕f7 32. ♕xf7#.
Jun-14-08  Trigonometrist:

The last move contradicts the soft and quiet moves of the game..


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  hedgeh0g: <D.Observer> ...d5 prolongs the mate by another move.
Dec-29-08  Sem: It seems a case of 'No prisoners taken'.
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: No pieces taken for the entire game!
Apr-18-09  DoubleCheck: White has a practical won game after his 11th move

11. Rad1

Whites pieces are far superior in communication in attack and claiming the centre rather than blacks pieces, who is very passive and has a defensive setup.

Apr-18-09  chessman95: Very interesting game. I've never seen a game go so long without any captures and not be drawn.

<White has a practical won game after his 11th move

11. Rad1>

I don't entirely agree. In that position:

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white has used a very classical development while black has gone all-out hypermodern. Of course black's position is slightly passive, but it is also solid. I think the main mistake that black made to lose this game was refusing to open it up with some exchanges, especially in the center where the game could've changed drastically. I'm guessing that black was for some reason trying to get a draw here, and so refused any exchanges.

In the final position

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the winning sequence for white (30.Bg6+! and then 31.Qa2+ winning the queen) is simply the result of a cramped position. It is so locked up that black's only chance to win would have been to trade pawns in the center a few moves before, but white would have won eventually assuming he did not make any blunders.

Jul-25-09  Kinghunt: 29...Nc6 was the fatal mistake, although white had a very strong and likely winning position before that too. 29...Rg8 and 29...exd4 would have both held on for much longer. Whether this is a composition or actually played doesn't matter. This is a fun game to play through.
Sep-06-09  WhiteRook48: peace treaty
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  FSR: <DoubleCheck> Certainly the classical writers like Fine and Reinfeld would agree that White has a won game, but modern praxis doesn't support this. See, e.g., Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (1/2, 49), Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (1/2, 39), and Kavalek vs Suttles, 1974 (0-1, 42). Black used a similar "Hippopotamus" setup in each of these games, except that in the last of them his knight was on f6.
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  FSR: <DoubleCheck> GM Tiger Hillarp Persson's games as Black with the Robatsch also illustrate Black's possibilities:
Nov-21-10  Tigranny: I've never seen a none-capturing game.
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  FSR: This is the longest known decisive game with no captures.
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  Penguincw: With all 32 pieces still on the board, there will be about 31 after black's next move (not counting resiging).
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  Phony Benoni: One of those games you're glad Black didn't play it out to mate.
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  Penguincw: Hmm. Looks like I was here about 4 years, and made some pointless, bs comment.

And also made a typo. Ah, some things never change...

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  ajile: lol

So much for Black's cute hedgehog idea.

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  kevin86: The black squares were secure...too bad black could not guard the white squares at all. The queen and bishop mate.
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  scutigera: No captures, maybe, but Black appears to have sacrificed his KB by turning it into a taller, pointier pawn; his kingside after 22 ..g5 is a better illustration of leucopenia than any of Kmoch's own examples, which Black then worsens with 29 ..Nc6. He spent most of the intervening moves crippling his QB. He gave up so many things other than material, that the wonder is that he survived to move 31.
Dec-28-15  indomega: No captures?!?!?!?!?!
Qf7 Qxf7 mate
1 CAPTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(and mate)
Jun-30-17  Lossmaster: Mate would of course have needed a capture on White's next move. For the purists, here are games that were actually played capturelessly through to checkmate: Game Collection: Captureless games played through to checkmate.
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