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philaretus ♡ 142 ( +1 | -1 )
Why I'm thinking of giving up chess For the first time since I joined Gameknot more than three years ago, I have no active games. This is the game I have just completed:

[Event "Let's play chess"]
[Site "";]
[Date "2005.01.21"]
[White "cejot1986"]
[Black "philaretus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2001"]
[BlackElo "1760"]
[TimeControl "1/259200"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7
6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. f4 O-O 8. Nf3 c5 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Bd3 f5
11. O-O Nc6 12. Nb5 a6 13. Nbd4 Bd7 14. c3 Nxd3 15. Qxd3 Qc5
16. Kh1 Nxd4 17. Nxd4 Bb5 18. Nxb5 axb5 19. a3 Rfd8 20. Rad1 Ra4
21. Qf3 Re4 22. Rd2 Ra8 23. Rfd1 Raa4 24. g3 g6 25. Rd2d3 b6
26. h3 Qc4 27. Qf2 Qc5 28. Rd3d4 Raxd4 29. Rxd4 Rxd4 30. Qxd4 Kf7
31. Kg2 Ke7 32. Kf3 Kd7 33. g4 Kc6 34. Qf2 Qxf2+ 35. Kxf2 Kc5
36. gxf5 gxf5 37. Kg3 d4 38. cxd4+ Kxd4 39. Kh4 h6 40. Kh5 Ke4
41. Kg6 Kxf4 42. Kf6 Kg3 43. Kxe6 f4 44. Kd6 f3 45. e6 f2
46. e7 f1=Q 47. e8=Q Qd3+ 48. Kc7 Qc2+ 49. Kxb6 Qxb2 50. Qe3+ Kh2
51. h4 Qf6+ 52. Kxb5 Qxh4 53. Qe5+ Kg2 54. a4 Qh3 55. Qd5+ Kg1
56. a5 Qf1+ 57. Kb6 Qb1+ 58. Qb5 Qg6+ 59. Qc6 Qb1+ 60. Ka7 Qh7+
61. Qb7 Qf5 62. a6 h5 63. Qb6+ Kf1 64. Kb7 Qe4+ 65. Qc6 Qb4+
66. Kc7 Qe7+ 67. Kb6 Qe3+ 68. Qc5 Qe6+ 69. Ka5 Qa2+ 70. Kb5 Qb3+
71. Kc6 Qe6+ 72. Qd6 Qc4+ 73. Kb6 Qb3+ 74. Kc7 Qf7+ 75. Kb8 Qe8+
76. Kb7 Qf7+ 77. Qc7 Qd5+ 78. Kb8 Qb3+ 79. Ka8 Qd5+ 80. Qb7 Qd8+
81. Qb8 1/2-1/2

Since my opponent's passed pawn was further advanced than mine, I had no choice but to keep checking his King. As he had already declined a draw, it would have been discourteous to offer it again. This is one of the consequences of playing an opponent with a rating much higher than your own --- he has too much to lose by agreeing to a draw.

The idea of getting into another Queen ending like this one is now so repugnant to me that I'm reluctant to join any more games. Can you blame me? Show this game to a beginner, and you'll turn him off chess for life.

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i_play_slowly ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
On the other hand... If I played the game that you played, I would never stop bragging about it. I would love to be able to say that I forced a draw against an opponent whose rating was 241 points higher than my own, a draw that he had earlier refused to accept, and that the outcome was only possible because I had played the last 35 moves of the endgame impeccably. Quit chess?! I'd be challenging that opponent to a rematch!
"Omnia ad opinionem suspensa sunt." -- Seneca
('Everything depends on the view you take of it'.)
brunetti ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
Actually it's you the one who wasted a lot of time :)
You had the choice to enter a simple draw as early as at move 58 (QxQ), as well as at move 61.

i_play_slowly ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
Trading queens Imagine the position after 58...Qxb5. White would have queened first, but what then? If White activated his king, your pawn would then have been able to reach its promotion square. If White didn't activate his king, his queen by herself could neither have checkmated you nor forced your king to abandon your pawn. In short, if you had traded queens, the unwinnable nature of the game would have soon become self-evident.
philaretus ♡ 31 ( +1 | -1 )
My analysis (which might have been wrong) indicated that the White Queen could have forced my King away from the pawn --- which is why I rejected the exchange of Queens at move 58. Of course, if I was wrong, then my technique is inadequate, which only adds to my exasperation.
atrifix ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
For future reference One ought to know, in general, that a Q vs. RP or BP on the 7th rank (and only a RP or BP on the 7th rank) is drawn due to the stalemate possibility, unless the king can advance to threaten mate. So, for example:

58... Qxb5+ 59. Kxb5 h5 60. a6 h4 61. a7 h3 62. a8=Q h2 with a book draw (once the Queen comes to g3, ...Kh1 is stalemate).
i_play_slowly ♡ 21 ( +1 | -1 )
Take heart! Chessmaster 9000 repeatedly plays the position to a draw, but give yourself a break! After all, "Endgames with the queen and pawns on both sides are among the most difficult in chess" (Keres).