Saturday, February 24, 2007

Black to play - how should the game go?


11 comments:

Tom Chivers said...

I suspect we all now know the answer to that one!

Anonymous said...

I always like to resign late as I am terrified that I might have resigned in a position where I still have some chances.
(Andrew)

ejh said...

I can't remember who it was used to have a column where the positions were always captioned "how should the game go?". Was it Leonard Barden and if so, in which paper?

I can't remember if I've resigned a drawn position (althgh I assume I must have). I've certainly agreed a few draws in won positions though.

Tom Chivers said...

Barden sets usually very good puzzles in The Standard each evening. His preamble is usually good at scene-setting - you get a sense of what had gone on in the game, what the players were probably thinking about. I'm not sure he has a regular catch-phrase though, but 'how should the game go' sounds plausible enough for the kind of questions he asks.

Alexey Hurricane said...

it's from Carlsen-Topalov , i saw that game on playchess.com. Qd5+ is a draw move , i read that Magnus showed Veselin that move after his resignation. they just played few days ago!

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember your position was pretty good when you agreed a draw against me at Ilford Justin!
(Andrew)

Jonathan B said...

Perhaps Topalov wanted to get the game over with asap because he was busting to get to the toilet?

ejh said...

Some way short of winning though. But yeah, I often do that against stronger players (I once offered a draw when playing Harriet Hunt and she replied "yes, but aren't you doing rather well here?). Nerves, lack of confidence, what you will. It is true that I often fold up very quickly against stronger players close to the time control, so it's not entirely irrational....

Tom Chivers said...

That's interesting Justin. I think I'm sort of the opposite. Against the five strongest players that I've played over the last few years - the weakest a 180, the strongest Basman - I scored +2, =1, -2 - a performance way above my grading, in other words.

ejh said...

Back to the game - if Topalov had played one more move, the check on d5, he would surely have had a far better chance of seeing the saving move that follows.

Tom Chivers said...

Quite. Always play a spite-check!