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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 5, Mar-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-19-09  ThreeNailz: Could someone please explain why this is a draw? I understand draws in the endgame where there are no/few minor pieces left, but here there are still major pieces.

Thank you in advance.

Mar-19-09  anandrulez: That is because no one has advantage here . Lines like Nxf4 fxf4 Rc8 leads to a drawn position ....neither sides have weakness that cant be defended ...This is a typical GM draw .
Mar-20-09  ThreeNailz: Sorry for my ignorance. I'm kind of new at chess. Could white gain an advantage if it was his move by playing Rxb5? So basically, its a draw because it is blacks move and he doesn't have any good moves? Still kind of confusing.
Mar-20-09  midknightblue: It could be a draw simply because neither player felt their chance was all that great to get a big enough advantage to push for a win. The thing that sticks out to me as a possible small advantage is the weak b5 pawn that white could attack. But black can already plaly Nxf4 weaking white's queenside structure too. So the position is probably not dead drawn, but maybe the players both decided it wasnt worth the risk of pushing too hard and losing.

BTW white doesnt threaten Rxb5 (immediately) as it drops the knight.

Mar-20-09  ThreeNailz: So one of the guys offered the other a draw and he took it. I can see that, but I hate to draw. Of course that's why I'm nowhere near top level.

What about Qxb5. That will force a Queen trade, but white will come out a pawn ahead, right?

Mar-20-09  Stanley Yee: <ThreeNailz: Could white gain an advantage if it was his move by playing Rxb5?> It is Black to move. After 28 ... Nxf4 29. gxf4 Rc8 Black hold the b5 pawn. I would rather be Black, but is it a draw? A computer would play on, but one mistake and the b5 pawn will fall.
Mar-23-09  midknightblue: <ThreeNailz> you prolly already know this, but GM's sometimes have a tendency to settle for draws rather than fight to the death. It enables them not to waste unnecessary time when the game is likely to end in a draw eventually anyway, and gives them more time to rest up for the next game, or get in some extra preparation if needed. If you have a chess engine (There are free ones on the net) you can plug the position into the engine and see if it thinks one side has a significant advantage. Although, it is always best to think about the position yourself (as you already have) before letting the computer do all the work.

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