[Retros] Illegal move at Dortmund?

andrew buchanan andrew at anselan.com
Sun Jul 1 05:51:40 EDT 2007

That's very interesting. I am trying to understand the move 68 b6. Is
that effectively an offer of a draw?

Hope this one ends up on Tim Krabbe's site.


--- Noam Elkies <elkies at math.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Meanwhile, back in the real world (or at any rate in the thin

> slice of the real world where super-GM chess is played): a game

> S.Mamedyarov (2757) - V.Anand (2786) in the current Dortmund

> tournament

> (first game at

> http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/games/dortmund05.htm)

> reached this position after 67...Bd6-c7:


> White Kc4, Bg7, pawn b5; Black Kb7, Bc7


> The position is clearly drawn, and after 68 b6 Kxb6 was literally

> dead drawn; but the game score continues 69 Kd4 before ending

> 1/2-1/2.


> Back in the era of the Korchnoi-Karpov matches, one game ended with

> a 125-move stalemate that relieved the players of the obligation to

> shake hands on a draw. But I've not read of any aversion between

> Anad and Mamedyarov...



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