Originally posted by PureRWandBVery interesting- sort of a Gruenfeld reversed! I think you could easily have played on to win, but I know what it's like to have a clean draw in hand against a much much higher rated opponent.
I like it Paul, good job.
Here is mine, and I am a little proud of this one as well.
My opponent/friend is about [b]600-700pts higher then me.
[pgn][Event "CCC First Tournament"]
[BlackRating ...[text shortened]... 1. Qa4e8 Kb8a7 42. Qe8a4 Ka7b8 43. Qa4e8 Kb8a7 44. Qe8a4 1/2-1/2[/pgn][/b]
Originally posted by EladarIt's very hard to generalize, as every opening has it's sharp and drawish variations.
Isn't the Colle a bit drawish anyhow?
Originally posted by Paul LeggettThanks Paul,
Very interesting- sort of a Gruenfeld reversed! I think you could easily have played on to win, but I know what it's like to have a clean draw in hand against a much much higher rated opponent.
Originally posted by lotharstarThat is a hugely instructive example of a tactical draw, with the added bonus of mate threats while material down in the endgame.
In a national tournament many years ago I found myself in the above position as black. White had just played Ne8 preparing to force a queen trade and end the game. Observing that Ne8 had cut off my last King escape square, I played 1. ... g4 as a last ditch effort at a draw. White played 2. fxg4 (the only ...[text shortened]... to stalemate, he may have attempted 3. Kh4 without thinking about the obvious 3. ... Qxh2#
Originally posted by Paul LeggettJust one more case of "don't resign unless you truly have no active play." If the queens went off the board, I probably wouldn't have made him finish the end game. Tactics like this are still possible with the queens on, so why not take a crack at it?
That is a hugely instructive example of a tactical draw, with the added bonus of mate threats while material down in the endgame.
I have a real soft spot for sudden draws and mates in the ending, and this is quality!
Originally posted by Paul LeggettGood job on that game! He seems to be in the mid 2200's, not bad for a Patzer
My opponent waxed me in our other game of the thematic tournament we were in, and he had outplayed me in this game, but I used an advanced passed pawn as an "ace in the hole" for a draw.
I think this game has some learning value in that some players will look at the final position and say "No way that's a draw!"
The essence of the pos ...[text shortened]... Re3xe4 34. Rf4xe4 fxe4 35. Kd2e2 e5 36. Ke2d2 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
Originally posted by teacher1If you are down KQ v K or KR v K, there is no time pressure, and you don't resign (and take a day to move), then that's not exactly the lesson I'm trying to teach. The point here is don't resign when you still have material on the board with which to possibly facilitate a draw.
As I HAVE said before.........never resign.
As we CHESS aficionados know, there is no such THING as a truly lost position. It is the rank amateur who thinks because they are down -17 in material and there is a "mate" in 4, that the game is LOST.
HA!!! Do some RESEARCH people and see how many games at the GM level went from being "won" to being "drawn ...[text shortened]... of TWO MOVES!!!!!!
Play on, people. Show some RESPECT for your opponent and the GAME.