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Anatoly Karpov vs Henrique Mecking
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 15, Dec-10
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Sep-08-08  Miachonzinho: Why draw???
Sep-08-08
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  Phony Benoni: <Miachonzinho> If you're going to look at a lot of grandmaster games, get used to this sort of thing.

There are any number of reasons for a game like this. The players are in the middle of a grueling schedule, and think they can afford a day off. One player--usually playing White--is intimidated by the other. Or it could just be a matter of professional courtesy.

Here, it was the tournament situation. This was the last round of the tournament. Karpov and Petrosian were tied for first place with 10 points, just ahead of Portisch who had 9½ and was playing the dangerous Bent Larsen. Karpov and Petrosian decided not to take any risks, but be satisfied with a tie for first place. They drew their games almost simultaneously, and waited to see if Portisch could catch them. This game was the result: Portisch vs Larsen, 1972

Sep-09-08  Miachonzinho: Thank you.
Jan-10-09  M.D. Wilson: Surely Karpov and Mecking played more than three times?

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