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Kenneth Rogoff vs Arthur Howard Williams
"Trade Restrictions" (game of the day Feb-05-2013)
World Junior Championship, B Final (1969), Stockholm SWE, rd 10, Aug-??
Benoni Defense: King's Indian System (A56)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-05-13
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  Phony Benoni: Not one of the great Autoplay experiences. The Rogoff page is more interesting.

For those who can't wait, skip to 94.bxc5. You won't miss anything.

Feb-05-13  labrats5: I think that may be the longest I have ever seen a game go before an exchange.
Feb-05-13  Expendable Asset: As you can see above, Arthur Howard Williams effectively imposed a Navigation Act on Kenneth Rogoff, causing the latter to avoid costly trades... not to mention Williams' high taxes on his goods and his annoying mercantile policies.
Feb-05-13
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  AylerKupp: Why are games like this played?
Feb-05-13  morfishine: There had to be a repeat here somewhere in these monotonous series of declines...either that, or they were both in zugzwang and refused to admit it
Feb-05-13
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This was a shared joke, correct? The players had agreed before the game to set a record for most consecutive moves without a capture to start a game, and then agree to a draw, correct? They just wanted to entertain the spectators and other players, correct?
Feb-05-13
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  al wazir: <An Englishman: This was a shared joke, correct?> Had to be.
Feb-05-13  paavoh: Nevertheless, a very good pun, don't you think?
Feb-05-13  andr: Probably for them game without pieces is boring. They wanted to play and men did not leave the field of battle. This is proof of the fighting soul. But may be <Expendable Asset> is right. I like his explanation - LOL.
Feb-05-13
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  FSR: <labrats5: I think that may be the longest I have ever seen a game go before an exchange.>

It is believed to hold the world record. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...

Feb-05-13  Robespierre: [Without putting too fine a point on it I apologize in advance to Chessgames readers & frequenters for any sort of explicit or implied vulgarity in the following expressions!]

I'm sorry, sports fans, but this game between Rogoff & Williams is reminiscent of the sort of very polite English novel in which over an extended piece of time the married protagonists meticulously avoid any sort of "conjugal relations."

Feb-05-13  Gogia: can not be serious
Feb-05-13  morfishine: <FSR> I'd like to see this game loaded into the <CG> database: Filipowicz-Smederevac, Polanica Zdroj 1966
Feb-05-13  PaulLovric: a set game
Feb-05-13  Abdel Irada: Pun 1, game 0.
Feb-05-13  Dragoman: Can someone tell me why Rogoff didn't exchange queens and then take the "h" pawn?
Feb-05-13  goldenbear: I think 48.h4 wins.
Feb-05-13  RookFile: <AylerKupp: Why are games like this played? >

I'll tell you why. A way to win a game of chess is to do nothing, and wait for the opponent to make a mistake or overextend himself.

The problem is, if both players do nothing, you get this.

Feb-05-13
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  OhioChessFan: <The game is reputed to have ended in a draw at move 221, but no moves beyond move 106 have surfaced.>

http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/records...

Link "Latest first capture"

Feb-05-13
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  HeMateMe: It's a great pun. Rogoff, or course, is an economist, in real life.
Feb-05-13  newzild: Presumably this was a pre-arranged attempt to set a non-capture record, although I have to say that most of the non-exchanges are logical. White wants to avoid exchanges to make the most of his space advantage. Black refuses to exchange his good bishop for White's bad one.
Feb-05-13
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  FSR: <morfishine: <FSR> I'd like to see this game loaded into the <CG> database: Filipowicz-Smederevac, Polanica Zdroj 1966>

I have submitted it. See FSR chessforum. Incidentally, if you ever want to submit a game yourself, use the PGN Upload Utility. There's a link to it on the home page, on the right side near the bottom.

Feb-05-13
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  FSR: <newzild: ... most of the non-exchanges are logical>

The sequence 39.Be3 Bh4 seems strange to me. Typically in these Saemisch King's Indian pawn structures, Black is eager to exchange off his bad bishop for its White counterpart, while White avoids it like the plague. Houdini 3 considers both 39.Be3 and 39...Bh4 inferior to other moves. (It gives 39.Qe1 +0.50, while 39.Be3 is +0.42, and gives 39...Bxe3 +0.42 and 39...Bh4 +0.61. The numbers are all from White's perspective.)

Feb-05-13  KingV93: felt like I was watching Kramnik-Leko
Feb-05-13  Castleinthesky: This is one of the most exciting games posted on CG. The daring sacrifices and gallant combinations are without parallel.
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