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Draws!: Stories of awe, bizarre and ingenuity
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All the pieces on the board, and....A DRAW IN JUST 13 MOVES!?
J Hohmeister vs T Frank, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Open files can be useful to mate the king...or for drawing...
Adorjan vs Karpov, 1967 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Having extra material but it's all asphyxiated...
A Petrov vs P Journoud, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

The pair of bishops...unforgivable...
Sax vs Seirawan, 1988 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

I don't worry... the king has nowhere to escape...
K Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

The third knight saves the day...!
L Day vs Timman, 1980 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Welcome, bishops number #3 and #4...
Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 129 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hey white, it's a draw or your "new" queen
V F Titenko vs J Murey, 1963 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

41...Rxh5+!!, 43...Nh5+!! and 45...Qg2+!!.....Beatiful!
S Boyd vs T Glimbrant, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

A "new" variant in the Petrov defense
I A Zaitsev vs Karpov, 1966 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

The shortest game drawn by perpetual!
Winawer vs S Rosenthal, 1883 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stop dancing so stupid, black knight...
Anand vs Kramnik, 1999 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

That's a very "offering lady"
Portisch vs Lengyel, 1964 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

the queen has the last word: draw by perpetual or by stalemate
J Pribyl vs A Ornstein, 1977 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bad girl, bad girl...
Kasparov vs N McDonald, 1986 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

White's last resource...
J Congdon vs E Delmar, 1880 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

A deadly race to atack opponent's king ends in a draw...
Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

the crazy rook-go-round...!
Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

An "offered rook"...
Miles vs S Rachels, 1989 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

"The Swindle of the Century"
Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

41...Rh1+!! and 43...Rh1+!!....Awesome!
Bird vs Englisch, 1883 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

45.Qb6+??......."Dizziness to success"
Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Draw or I win the "eating-poison-pawns" queen
M Walter vs G Nagy, 1924 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

A "wrong" combination that ended in stalemate
I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "third sense" of the rook...
W E Fuller vs L Basin, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Torre vs Saemisch, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

What the....!?
Janosevic vs Geller, 1968 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 1/2-1/2

Great players, great tournaments....and "really great" draws
Karpov vs Leko, 1995 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 1 moves, 1/2-1/2

A charming draw (27.Kf1?? g2++)
G MacDonnell vs Anderssen, 1862 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

The longest chess game (and it's a draw!)
I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

A double exchange sacrifice that ends in a charming draw-
Z Zhang vs Sasikiran, 2006 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

43...Nxa4!! forces a theorical draw...!
Euwe vs Sultan Khan, 1932 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

59...Bxe6!! and who will be able to remove the king from h8
Euwe vs Sultan Khan, 1932 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

The first consultation match of chessgames....Amazing!
M Ronteltap / Allies vs R Barber / Allies, 2006  
(B53) Sicilian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

84.Rb3!! (Either 84...Kxb3 or 84...Rxb3 it's stalemate)
E Williams vs Harrwitz, 1846 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Luck of the Draw
Koblents vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

They say that to advance you must retreat sometimes...
J C Gonzalez Zamora vs T Luther, 2003 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

22.Rh3!! and it's a draw (24.Bh7+ Kh8 25.Bg6+ etc.)
S Siebrecht vs Timman, 2006 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 
(A48) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

55.Rb8+! (55...Kxb8 56.d8=Q+; 55...Kc7 56.d8=Q++)
Gruenfeld vs Saemisch, 1925 
(E90) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

32...Rf2!(34...Rxb2+ 35.Kc1 Rc2+ 36.Kd1? Nb2+ 37.Ke1 Nxd3+(-+))
Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Just watch it and Llov-et(love it)
M Monticelli vs V Marin y Llovet, 1927 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Torre vs Marshall, 1925 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

45...a6! Saving resources!
Capablanca vs Torre, 1925 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

55.b6??(55.Kf1 +-) allows the drawing shot 55...Re1+!!
Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1906 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

The ending Queen VS Rook is winning....sometimes!
Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Towers Of Strenght
Averbakh vs Bondarevsky, 1948 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Emm....nice draw
S Halkias vs J Emms, 2000 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

36.Qxa6!! The Swindle of the 2006 World Championship
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

I haven't stopped laughing of this...:-)
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Evening Post
E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Wall of Berlin
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simagin vs Aronin, 1947 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

No one can abandon the first rank!
Karpov vs A Timofeev, 2007 
(D85) Grunfeld, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Can't Erwin 'Em All
L'Ami vs Stellwagen, 2007 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

73 consecutive moves of the Queen!
Mackenzie vs J Mason, 1882 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 144 moves, 1/2-1/2

I have a lot of patience for tough game...and also all my pawns
Z Zhang vs G Timoscenko, 2002 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Don't you accept the draw? My wife will force you!
O'Kelly vs J Penrose, 1962 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chessmaster meets Webmaster
A Artidiello vs D Freeman, 2002 
(B01) Scandinavian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

23rd Century Chess
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Mitrofanov Deflection followed by a rook sac counter and draw
P S Leonhardt vs Tarrasch, 1920 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

21...Bxh3 leads to a ceasefire between 2 Rooks v. Rook+3 pawns
Short vs J Tisdall, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Birnbaum vs E Relange, 1995 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

White Rook Youth Club vs Tal, 1970 
(C57) Two Knights, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Halprin vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

The brilliant defensive resource on ending...that could've been
E Najer vs Smirin, 2014  
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 52 moves, 1-0

A neat drawish sequence...that missed the win moves before.
Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1897 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tragedy of Rapids: White missed 2 brilliant Rook sacs to draw.
Topalov vs Nakamura, 2017 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

Just your average medley of savagery on Sicilian Poisoned Pawn
Kavalek vs Fischer, 1967 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kosten vs R Zelcic, 1992 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Stopa vs D Kuljasevic, 2007 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Svidler vs Grischuk, 2013 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z Gyimesi vs O Cvitan, 1994
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Szalanczy vs T Nguyen, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Diemer vs F Trommsdorf, 1973 
(B07) Pirc, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Escobar Forero vs T Wang, 2023 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Delgado Ramirez vs Pichot, 2014
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

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