Reports | October 22, 2009 21:19

Video: drawing in 8 (and games from the Univé Open)

Making a video about a game that lasted only eight moves, now that's a challenge. But I thought, why not? At least Brodsky and Nijboer had something to explain, hadn't they, after their short draw in round 6 of the Univé Open in Hoogeveen.

It was a disappointing little act on the top board, but luckily there was enough spectacle to witness on the other boards. We'd like to draw your attention to e.g. Gruenfeld-Ootes, in which the Israeli veteran mated his opponent nicely. Down below there's a selection of games from the open group played so far.

After six rounds GMs Nijboer, Brodsky, Haslinger and Romanishin share the lead with five points. In round seven it's Nijboer-Romanishin and Haslinger-Brodsky, which just started - live here.

Univé Open 2009 | Round 6 Standings (top 30)

Univé Open 2009

Selection of games

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


nick burrows's picture

Nice Peter! Why hide away from these ugly short draws - full exposure makes a refreshing change.

White simply displays fear. Where is the creativity and love of playing the game?

Hortensius's picture

Drawing in 8 is a crime in my view...

Vooruitgang's picture

"Fear makes cowards of us all" - Vince Lombardy. It happens and it is a part of chess. Still a very good report.

marpada's picture

Brodsky's excuses are childish, but Nijboer's point is more understandable: it's very hard to fight for a win as black in KID's exchange variation, specially if your opponent wants to draw.

jussu's picture

I don't really see any need for "excuses". They earn their everyday bread with chess, we merely watch and complain.

sosko's picture

agree with Jussu...for us its fun..for many of these guys its braid....why to spend blood in vain (when one can simply share point playing in the top board, and keep energy for coming rounds!)..wise denk ik!

sosko's picture

well..not 'braid' of 'bread'!!!

adam's picture

these were the comments of two grandmasters topping the standings of an international open?!? it is much more sad than the game itself...

Estragon's picture

There are plenty of chess professionals out there. How many have you seen draw a game in eight moves with the White pieces?

If it were the last round with a draw guaranteeing prize money and a loss meaning much less, perhaps the "he has to earn a living" defense would make some sense - although even then eight moves would be controversial.

If the need to make money justifies this, how about just fixing games? Would that be okay, too? After all, one has to earn a living . . .

Boybawang's picture

It's like boxing where the two fighters claim draw after the first round.
My point is that competitive sport is meant to be played!!

Luzin's picture


i liked the comparison with boxing :)
But fortunately chess is not like boxing, where the crowd pays for a ticket to watch blood and violence.
In that tournament there was no fee for watching the games, was there? And much more important, there were plenty of other games to watch if you happened to be there. chess is not mass sport industry, based on passive spectators, if you want battle that bad, go play some chess yourself and leave the players alone please.

stop comparing chess with other sports, chess is not a sport, chess is chess, deep and unique, it has no need to be classified or compared with barbarous activities like boxing.

jussu's picture

In fact, I have witnessed a professional fixing a draw for the next round, openly for everyone who happened to be in the hearing distance, and then notifying the arbiter of the fix so that he and his opponent could sleep longer in the next morning. Nobody seemed to have a problem with it, and I don't see why anyone should - all this draw-fighting looks like another internet craze to me. Don't ask me who it was, though, I am not sure it was legal even if nobody complained :)

I, for one, would not tolerate someone from many leagues below me (well, there is actually no space for very many leagues below me) telling me how I should play chess. I don't think the situation with grandmasters vs most ChessVibes visitors is any different. It is their game; we are naturally free to express our opinions about their play but we should avoid taking our opinions too seriously, unless we play in the same league as they.

Finally, how many of us would have ever noticed this game if it were, say, 80-move win for White?

rajeshv's picture

Good, interesting points, jussu.

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