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Antonio Angel Medina Garcia vs Svetozar Gligoric
"The Bughouse Immortal" (game of the day Sep-08-2010)
Palma de Mallorca (1968), Palma ESP, rd 16, Dec-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  0-1

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Jun-25-03  evertoexcel: No captures, and a legit forced resignation. Wow.
Jun-25-03  Malacha: Gligoric at his finest!! The man turned out some steller games in his career.
Jun-25-03  drukenknight: his opponent simply trapped the queen, any normal player would play 26 Bxg5 and no big deal.
Jun-25-03  ellipotrix: So the only reason for 26.Qe3 is ?
To keep playing without exchange!
Does this game answer the question:
What is the maximum moves a game can have without exchange without compromising your position? does anyone know of a game with more than 25 moves in this category?
Jun-25-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  crafty: 26. ♗xg5 ♕xg5 27. ♗d1 ♘b6 28. ♕e3 ♕xe3 29. ♖xe3 ♖f8   (eval -0.45; depth 17 ply; 1000M nodes)
Jun-25-03  Sylvester: chessgames.com, thanks a lot for finding this! This is the game I was talking about last year with the neat final position, all 32 pawns and pieces still on the board!
Jun-26-03  mj29479: what about the line?
26.Bxg5 Qxg5 27.Bd1 Nb6 28.Nf1?
or 26.Bxg5 Qxg5 27.Bdi Nb6 28.Bc2?
Jul-22-03  Sylvester: Is this the only game in the database with all 32 pawns and pieces on the board at the finish that is not a grandmaster draw?
Apr-08-04  nikolaas: Nuber-Keckeisen Mengen 1994
32 moves without any capture.
Feb-04-05  Abaduba: Andy Soltis did a column in Chess Life more than a year ago on long games without captures. I think he found a 70+ move draw in which no piece was ever captured, and a game with 90+ moves without a capture, though there was a little bloodshed at the end (I don't remember the result). Oh, and remember that a Fool's Mate has no captures!
Jun-09-05  melianis: Thank you for this lesson about passivity. I might try 1...e5 in my next games ;-).
Feb-16-06
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  Benzol: I find this game amazing, all 32 men are on the board and White is quite lost.
Mar-01-06  MorphyMatt: A very closed Ruy Lopez.
Mar-21-06  LluviaSean: This is what I call real advanced chess. Beat your opponent without capturing his pieces!!
Mar-21-06
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Until the Flohr-Zaitsev line became popular in the 80's, theory held that Smyslov's 9...h6 had to be played before ...Re8 and ...Bf8. This game is not typical for the lack of captures, but it is a typical example of one way to play Black. He manouvers on the Queen side with the Knight to gain space and forestall White's potential initiative, then "undevelops" the QB to its best square (17...Bc8) in preparation for a King's Indian style King side assault--look at the central pawn formation. And guess who was an expert in the KID? Well played, Gligo.
Jul-14-07  syracrophy: What was white thinking when playing 27.♕a7?? One of the worst blunders I had ever seen!
Feb-06-08  D.Observer: White resigned to make this record. Else, his queen was captured.
Jan-09-09  WhiteRook48: 27. f3 was better, even though it loses some tempo
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: or 27. Bc1
Jun-01-09  lost in space: Hi <WhiteRook48>, intersting proposals.

What happens after 27...f4.

Sep-08-10  scormus: Great lesson by Gligoric, in beating a Spaniard playing the Spanish game. And remarkable to go right through without an exchange or capture, even for a closed Ruy. Admittedly with some rather curious moves by W.
Sep-08-10  OBIT: Actually, if this was bughouse, White made a huge mistake by resigning. After 30. hg, his position is clearly better, with f7, h7, e6, and f5 excellent squares for pawn and bishop drops. And, if he doesn't have any pawns or bishops to drop yet, he should say to his partner, "Geez, I have made 30 moves over here! Get me some frickin' material already!?"
Sep-08-10
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  Once: Fascinating stuff, and a good lesson in how to play a cramped position. Black finds space for his pieces with undeveloping moves for his bishops, knight outposts and his major pieces still on the back rank.

Meanwhile white doesn't get advanced knight outposts, so he has more pieces to fit into his side of the board. His bishops clog up the centre of the board. But worst of all, his Qf3/ Be2 combination sticks his queen on the third rank where it is going to get harassed by black pawns and knights.

It seems that white and black had similar amounts of space, but black spread his pieces more evenly in the space that he had. White tried to cram just about everyone onto the kingside (possibly hoping to attack black's king). But it just meant that the white pieces were tripping over each others' toes.

Sep-08-10  Certhas: Tim Krabbe gives the following games:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/records...

As the longest decisive game without captures and another with the first capture on the 93rd move:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/records...

Another game was supposedly drawn after 70 moves without capture because one of the opponents invoked the 50 move rule with all pieces still on the board!

Sep-08-10  backyard pawn: <drukenknight: his opponent simply trapped the queen, any normal player would play 26 Bxg5 and no big deal.>

Good point, instead of 26 Bxg5, White choses to move the Queen to the only "safe" square available in response to 25..., Ng5. I think the Queen is lost at this point. Gligoric then proceeds to threaten a pawn fork at f4, and White's Queen is forced off the 3rd rank and is then easily ensnared.

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