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Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk vs Vera Menchik
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 11, Mar-01
Benoni Defense: King's Indian System (A56)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-02-04  Parfen: Here is what Bohatirchuk wrote about this game:

The women's world champion played the opening quite confidently,but later on she began to confuse the issue and towards the break I already had the better position with great chances to win. During play there sat near the board a young man who, as it later turned out, was Vera's fiance. The whole time he watched the game attentively. During the break he approached me and said:

- I hope you will excuse me for my unusual request, but I am the fiance of Vera and our wedding is supposed to take place very soon after the tournament. Already the halfway mark of the tournament has passed but Vera has not yet made even one draw. I know that your position in the tournament is poor and therefore decided to ask you to make a draw with Vera. For you, it would not have much importance whereas for her it would mean a great deal.

I answered,that in principle I had no objection, but from the sporting point of view I must ask the permission of the tournament committee. Since my result in this game neither interested nor affected anyone the committee gave its permission. When, after the break, we settled in our places I offered V. Menchik a draw which she (of course!) immediately accepted as her first success and was the recipient of wild applause from the whole hall. After the game, in a secluded corner and in the presence of her husband, she rewarded me with a champion's kiss.

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