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Alexander Khalifman vs Aleksey Dreev
Dos Hermanas XII (2003), Spain, rd 4, Mar-31
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-09-03  Cerebrate2006: I can see some of the other games as drawish at move 13 from this tournament, and even though they still called it a draw under move 20 which makes for a "waste of time" game, I still was not mad enough to write anything about them. But in this game, Black has a much better game, and even if by winning this game his place in the tournament would not have changed much, its not for the prize that these players started to play chess for. I beleive these pro chess players have forgoten about the fun of the game.
Apr-09-03  ksadler: This discussion pops up every few weeks, so once again I will post something in favour of quick draws for Grandmasters. Likely all grandmasters going into a tournament size up the field and say to themselves what they hope to achieve in each game. Even Bobby Fischer did this, saying that he would draw every game and find five "fish" to beat, to give himself a +5 for the tournament and winning. Probably beforehand, Dreev decided that he would be satisfied with a draw against Khalifman with Black in this game, and likely (I'm not sure of course since I wasn't there) Khalifman offered the draw, Dreev thought that he'd need a hard fought win the next day, and said "what the heck". My thoughts on the situation anyway. Since most of us here are just weekend tournament players, rather than round robin, every game we go into it saying "I need a win to get in the prize money", that's the difference, IMHO.
Apr-09-03  Spitecheck: In weekend tournie chess where there are prizes for the fish so to speak, it was also sometimes a good idea to draw a game on purpose to put you out of step with the masters in the swiss format. In the Swiss System it can be beat a patzer you play a master, you beat a patzer, you play a master, often you would like to organise it so that you are playing an opponent in the last round who is rated only slightly higher than you and a draw will ensure you share the ratings prize, while a win will take the prize outright.

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