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Walter Shawn Browne vs Anatoly Karpov
Manila (1976), Manila PHI, rd 1, Jul-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Opocensky Variation (E17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-16-12  RookFile: The difference between Fischer and Karpov. Karpov cheerfully played for the draw with black.
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  harrylime: lol

Yeah, you gotta point here

Mar-13-15  Poulsen: That's simply rubbish - both were more inclined to take short draws early in their career than later on, when they were at the very top.

Karpov had overall more short draws than Fischer, but he also had a much more intense tournament program - and properly in need of conserving his energy. Overall he was also a much more successfull tournamentplayer - in fact one of the most formidable in history of chess - and was certainly no Drawmaster - no matter what colour he was playing.

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  offramp: <Poulsen: That's simply rubbish> I agree. All of the major masters played to win almost all the time. But there were occasions when there would be no point, when a draw or a win would not affect the result.
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  perfidious: <Poulsen....both were more inclined to take short draws early in their career than later on, when they were at the very top.>

There was a comment--believe it was Levy in <How Fischer Plays Chess>--which went something on the lines of Fischer having added a terrible new psychological weapon by the early 1960s, in that he was no longer content to draw against strong players with Black.

Apr-06-15  Howard: Energy and stamina are a hell of a lot more important in chess than a lot of people realize. Short draws are often a way of simply conserving energy.
Jul-24-18  RookFile: Which is why Fischer was so amazing in tournaments. He had the energy and stamina and strength and also had the ability to put full points up on the board with the black pieces.

Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with what Karpov did. Rarely losing with black and having a terrific record with the white pieces certainly worked out well for Karpov.

Jul-24-18  john barleycorn: < Howard: ... Short draws are often a way of simply conserving energy.>

I never got a good understanding how that is done. Like drinking only 3 pints a day instead of 6 (mondays to fridays) and by saturday have the "stamina" of drinking 20? #ask harry

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