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Semon Palatnik vs Anatoly Karpov
Leningrad (1967), Leningrad URS, rd 9
Spanish Game: Exchange. Normal Variation (C69)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-17-04  fgh: Do you know how to draw against Karpov? Play the Ruy Lopez exchange variation!
Feb-15-06  woodenbishop: This is a great game.
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  ToTheDeath: I agree woodenbishop. A real titanic struggle.
Sep-06-06  tino72: Be fair: both of these guys are getting on a bit now in chess terms so you would expect them to need to conserve energy during the course of a long tournament. It's not as if they are in the first flush of youthful health.

Hang on a minute...1967? That would make them about 17 and 16 respectively at the time this epic battle was played out.

Disgraceful, I say!

Feb-09-09  M.D. Wilson: What a fantastic game.
May-26-09  jackpawn: Can you imagine the 16 years old Fischer agreeing to a six moves draw?
May-26-09  WhiteRook48: no, I can't see Fischer agreeing to a draw ever
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  keypusher: <jackpawn>

This close enough for you?

Fischer vs Benko, 1960

Now here's a question for you: can you imagine Fischer past the age of 29 playing anyone (besides Spassky) at all? Because if you can, you've got a very vivid imagination.

May-28-09  jackpawn: <keypusher> I admit I wasn't aware of the Benko game, but Fischer certainly didn't make a habit of short draws the way Karpov did.

As for Fischer's 'retirement' after winning the world championship, that is totally off the point I was making. While he was playing Fischer was always aggressive and very seldom agreed to short draws. Karpov often did. That was my only point.

Like most chess fans I wished Fischer had continued playing, but it was his choice. His lifetime goal was achieved.

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