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Lev Polugaevsky vs Boris Spassky
Interpolis 7th (1983), Tilburg NED, rd 11, Oct-26
Dutch Defense: Classical. Stonewall Variation Botvinnik Variation (A93)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-20-16  Whitehat1963: How do the engines evaluate the final position?
Aug-20-16  Retireborn: Advantage for White, according to Houdini. But he may have felt that after 29...Ng7 he has to make a decision about the h5 pawn; 30.h6 looks nice but may block the position too much, while if 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Bh1 Nge6 32.Rh2 Bf8 Black will be able to contest the h-file.
Aug-20-16  Whitehat1963: Thank you. I mainly wonder if it's truly a hopeless draw. I always wonder when a position like this one, full of pieces and possibilities, is given up on by grandmasters -- long before computers could render a more objective opinion.
Aug-20-16  Retireborn: I think draw offers are often influenced by factors like time trouble, tournament position, physical/mental tiredness as much as objective assessment of position.

I wouldn't call this a hopeless draw, but my impression is that the magnificent knight blockade on e6 does make it difficult for White to do anything positive with his space advantage.

Aug-21-16  Whitehat1963: Good point about draw offers. It seems that the last round of tournaments are all but guaranteed to yield a large number of short draws except among players who have a chance of affecting the top of the standings.

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