Jan 142019

When I was much younger, there was a bit of a running gag in my chess club about players who tried to draw as many games as possible. “Who did you play?” when one of the top seeds could only draw. “Ivan Swapoff” would come the dispirited reply.
Eventually we learned how to deal with such players, by making sure that our remaining pieces were better placed than the opponents remaining pieces.
Here is a recent game that demonstrates this policy quite well. Whether Black consciously exchanged as many pieces as possible against his much stronger opponent isn’t clear, but what did happen was that White’s position got better and better. As a result White was able to play a ‘petite combination’, winning a pawn, and Black surrendered when it looked like another pawn was going.

Xu,Xiangyu (2567) – Devallee,J (2278) [A43]
15th Vandoeuvre Open 2019 Vandoeuvre les Nancy FRA (2.3), 02.01.2019 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game931”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.Nxd5 Nxd5 6.Qxd5 Nc6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.O-O-O O-O 9.a3 h6 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.e3 Rd8 12.Qd6 Kf8 13.Bc4 Qxd6 14.Rxd6 b6 15.Rhd1 Ke7 16.Bxf7 Kxf7 17.Rxc6 d5 18.Ne5+ Kg8 19.Rc7 Be6 20.Nc6 Rf8 21.f3 Rf7 22.Re7 1-0′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

Ivan Swapoff
Source: Chessexpress