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Impressive & Entertaining Draws
Compiled by Honza Cervenka

Many people interesed in chess including some kibitzers on this excellent site are usually disappointed by games which did not finish with any conclusive result. It is understandable that chess fans who want to see fighting chess dislike short or completely bloodless and dull draws but not all draws are of this kind. In fact, fighting game with inconclusive result is usually much more entertaining than completely one-sided wins with weak or no resistance. In this collection I want to point out some good examples of draws which were not boring at all.

Here are also some funny examples of my personal production but the collection itself should include only really high-quality examples of master's play.

J Cervenka vs L Pospisil, 2002 J Kropik vs J Cervenka, 2005 J Cervenka vs P Puchmajer, 2005

Enjoy it!

Sincerely Yours

Honza Drawenka.:-)

Kasim's great escape
Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik's onslaught witheld by Leko's defense
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(A61) Benoni, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

K & K gem of London
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Resourceful play of Smyslov saves the endgame without a piece.
Keres vs Smyslov, 1941 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

Post mortem of this would kill me, Bobby...
Barcza vs Fischer, 1959 
(A05) Reti Opening, 95 moves, 1/2-1/2

Useless Extra Rook
A Petrov vs P Journoud, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balanced storm
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov Gambit duel
Timman vs Smyslov, 1979 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Studylike Draw
Keres vs Eliskases, 1938 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dragon & Fire
Smyslov vs Korchnoi, 1960 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Brilliant sac of two pieces for perpetual
Marshall vs Alekhine, 1924 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Clash of Giants
Spassky vs Botvinnik, 1970 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Great Battle
Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1922 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Great Fireworks
Svidler vs Morozevich, 2012 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Studylike Pawn Ending
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sharp Clash
W Blank vs M Pepe, 1999 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Show Stopa
J Stopa vs D Kuljasevic, 2007 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Six Queens on the Board
E Szalanczy vs Thi Mai Hung Nguyen, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian's Masterpiece
Tal vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

The best defense is attack
Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

True Masterpiece
Vitiugov vs Kramnik, 2013 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Halprin's Homework
Halprin vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein's Imagination
Bronstein vs Polugaevsky, 1963 
(B44) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bold Attack Brings a Half-point to Underdog
A Dale vs Wei Yi, 2015 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Amazing fortress against two Queens
A Kosten vs R Zelcic, 1992 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Awesome Battle of Giants
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(B32) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Endgame Classics
Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Miracles of Peter and Paul
Keres vs P Romanovsky, 1939 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

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