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Equal Chances

Dominik Čech | February 25, 2011 – 21:48No Comment | 527 views
Equal Chances

In the seventies, during a local division of the british championship a highly unusual pair met across the board. Dan Sawtkoat, at 93 being the eldest participant in the tournament, was paired against a young local boy, the 6-year old Sebastian Sinclaire.

After a tough fight, the more experienced player in the matchup was a pawn up when the adjournment came. Surprisingly though, he offered the boy a draw and the game ended peacefully without a second session of playing. Mr. Sawkoat explained his decision to offer a draw in the following way: “I was a pawn up, and my opponent was 87 years younger. In my opinion, the chances were clearly equal.”

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