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Zoltan Almasi vs Nigel Short
Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Budapest HUN, rd 9, Apr-20
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-23-03  PinkPanther: Fantastic endgame play by Short in this classic battle.
Nov-09-03  wodge: It is difficult to express the immensity of Short's talent displayed in this seemingly innocuous match. Upon unleashing move 9, he has pain-stakingly evaluated all possible continuations, and declared with an indubitable air of certainty, "draw!"
Nov-10-03  AdrianP: Why criticise Short rather than Almasi...? Almasi's got the white pieces and he's rated within 10ELO of Short. Shouldn't short be pretty happy with a 9-move draw with black?
Nov-10-03
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  Eggman: Both deserve censure. This kind of thing hurts the popularity of chess (imagine if there were NO "grandmaster draws" :) and should be outlawed.
Nov-10-03  thesonicvision: i'm with eggman here...a draw seems unnecessary at such an early point in the game.
Nov-10-03  AdrianP: <Eggman> I agree with your point... I just thought it was a bit unfair to lay the blame on Black only...
Jan-15-05  cuendillar: Is this what they call a "Short draw"? While it may be fairly equal, I don't understand why white didn't try to push f4 and attack on the kingside.
Mar-13-09  Andrijadj: Short needed half a point to clinch the win,and almasi offered draw...Even fischer would accept...
Jan-31-12  parmetd: Fischer would definitely not accept.
Jan-31-12
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  AylerKupp: Oh yeah? J Fischer vs Tseshkovsky, 1990 :-)
Jan-31-12  parmetd: Thats not Bobby Fischer.
Jan-31-12
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  Oginschile: lol... technically the point was made that Fischer would accept... not necessarily Bobby Fischer, though I'm definitely inclined to agree, under the circumstances, I think Bobby Fischer would have accepted. While he didn't like short draws, I don't think he was keen on taking unnecessary risks either. Short had earned the right to play for a draw already, this was Almasi's fight to make.
Jan-31-12  TheFocus: Anyone can see that this is a draw in 33 more moves, although there may be a quicker line.
Jan-31-12
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  Penguincw: If Short just needed half a point, then he got half a point.
Jan-31-12
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  AylerKupp: <parmetd> Of course it's not. It was a joke as my :-) was supposed to indicate. Just chuckling that you said "Fischer" and not "Bobby Fischer" but I obviously knew who you meant.

But, whatever his faults, (Bobby) Fischer was a practical person and given the circumstances, I'm sure he would have accepted or even offered the draw. Why take a chance on a (rare) mistake when a draw would have clinched first place with 100% certainty? Throughout his career he tried to eliminate the element of chance by insisting on longer matches with draws not counting so that a rare mistake (such as in the first game of his 1972 World Championship Match with Spassky) would not jeopardize his chances if his opponent then managed a string of draws.

Jan-31-12
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  AylerKupp: Speaking of (rare) mistakes: Fischer vs C Garcia-Palermo, 1971

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