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Johannes Fischer vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky
Chigorin Memorial (1990), Sochi URS
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Domdaniel: I like draws. Even short ones, as long as a few novel moves are played and a balanced position is reached.

But abominations like this give *all* drawn games a bad name.

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  Stonehenge: Dutch ex-champion Rudy Douven has again experienced that playing a chess tournament in the USSR is no fun. At the start of the tournament in Sochi, only two foreigners and two grandmasters appeared to be present instead of the necessary four foreigners and three grandmasters. As the tournament progressed, the field was slowly but surely complete and many overdue games had to be completed. Grandmaster Vitaly Tseshkovsky really went overboard. He only had four days to play his eleven games and usually did so via a pre-filled score sheet on which a draw result was given. Douven was given the following choice against him: 1) He would not play and get a point for free. 2) He could get a draw after a few moves. 3) He could play with white. When Douven decided to the latter, he suddenly turned out to have black. According to Douven it was yet another proof that tournaments in the USSR are only organized for the creation of norms for their own people.

Het Parool, November 3 1990

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