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    Most drawish position?
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-09-03 08:40
Is this the most drawish variation in the world? (from the Streatham & Brixton Chess Club blog)

1. d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bd3

Search Chessbase Online Database for occurrences of this position with both players graded 2400 and above.

135 hits. One win for each colour. 133 draws. (that's a draw rate of 98.52%!)



  
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   RE: Most drawish position?
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-09-03 11:44
The only problem, Bob, is that if Oscar is still playing his London System, you're never going to reach this position. His 'c' pawn only gets advanced to c3, not c4, and his Queen's Knight goes to d2, not c3. That said, the London System, albeit rock solid, is rather a draw condusive opening - at least with best play by Black.
   RE: Most drawish position?
Author
Jack Maguire
Date
 2008-09-03 11:39
Thanks Eydun. Your same diagram was originally part of my 'copy and paste' from the Streatham & Brixton Chess Club blog but it somehow (and unfortunately) got lost in the process.

I hate draws so I'm rather pleased that I don't play either opening and thus never end up with this incredibly drawish position (the 133/135 figure is truly mind numbing).
   RE: Most drawish position?
Author
admin
Date
 2008-09-03 09:16
Jack, that is an interesting question. I thought the Petrov was the most drawing opening, but now I'll reconsider that :-)

Here is the position after the moves you mention:


   RE: Most drawish position?
Author
Bob Armstrong
Date
 2008-09-03 08:59
Hi Jack:

Eureka - now I'll know how not to lose to Villalobos in future !!!

Bob