Originally posted by Fat Lady
I remember reading that Tony Miles had a pre-arranged draw with a fellow player once. They were just going through the motions, playing an innocuous game, when suddenly the other player walked into a brilliancy - Miles had a fantastic move with his knight which would win immediately. Miles laughed, picked up the knight, gave it a little polish and put it back where it came from. Then he played a different move and agreed a draw a few moves later.
Chess Review (August 1949, page 225) New York 1927 Tournament Director Norbert Lederer commented:
"In fairness to Capa, it should be noted that he had already secured first prize since he had a three and a half point lead with only three games to play; these were against Alekhine, Nimzowitsch and Vidmar. Capa announced that, in order not to appear favoring one of the three, who were all in the running for second or third prize, he would play for a draw against each of them, and he so informed me as tournament director. Needless to say, I did not relish this attitude, but there was little I could do about it. During his game with Capablanca, Nimzowitsch indulged in some fancy play and found himself with a practically lost position. Capa then not only asked me to warn his opponent, but actually had to dictate the next four or five moves which Nimzowitsch played with great reluctance as he suspected a double-cross. However, he did follow instructions and a draw was reached four moves later."
[Event "New York"]
[Site "New York"]
[White "Jose Raul Capablanca"]
[Black "Aron Nimzowitsch"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2
Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 O-O 8. Nc3 Ne4 9. Nxe4 Bxe4 10. O-O d6 11. Ne1
Bxg2 12. Nxg2 Nd7 13. e4 e5 14. Ne3 Nf6 15. f3 c5 16. dxe5
dxe5 17. Rad1 Qxd2 18. Rxd2 Rfd8 19. Rfd1 Rxd2 20. Rxd2 g6
21. Kf2 Kf8 22. Nd5 Rd8 23. Ke3 Nxd5+ 1/2-1/2