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cjjpeterson ♡ 54 ( +1 | -1 )
was this a draw? I would like to know if the ending position on this game really would lead to a draw. It is the tightest position I have seen this far into a game in years.

pompey_dave vs. cjjpeterson

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 e6 4. d5 Nce7 5. c4 d6
6. Bg5 f6 7. Bh4 e5 8. Nc3 a6 9. Bd3 Ng6 10. Qa4+ Bd7
11. Qb3 Rb8 12. O-O Nf4 13. Ne2 Nxe2+ 14. Bxe2 b5 15. Qc2 b4
16. b3 g5 17. a4 gxh4 18. Nxh4 Ne7 19. Bh5+ Ng6 20. Nxg6 hxg6
21. Bxg6+ Ke7 22. Qe2 Rg8 23. Bf5 Bxf5 24. exf5 Bh6 25. Qh5 Rh8
26. Qf3 Qg8 27. h3 Qg7 28. Kh1 Kd7 29. Rad1 Rbe8 30. Rfe1 Rhg8
31. Re4 Bf4 32. g4 Qg5 33. Kg2 Rgh8 34. Rh1 Rh6 1/2-1/2

We at this point agreed to a draw.
cjjpeterson ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
a little easier board #5408964
johnrowell ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
You could have won I played this position against Fritz 8 and it beat me. It's not enough for white to just shuffle the king or rooks back and forth. Black can exploit a pin down the g file to threaten the f5 pawn and the rook on h1. White ends up having too many pins to thwart and something will give in the end.
bittersweet_ballad ♡ 44 ( +1 | -1 )
i agree with johnrowell I haven't had a very close look at the position, but I think that black can manage to win this.

Black should pay Rg8, then move the B to c3. The white king can now not stay at g2, because black can play Rh5 and threaten to take on f5 (the g pawn is pinned). The rook cannot help because the bishop could always chase it off from d2.

So the king must go west through f1. This opens up a likely attack with the queen and bishop.
bittersweet_ballad ♡ 11 ( +1 | -1 )
hmmmmmmm I'm having second thoughts now... perhaps it is a draw. Will have to examine the position more closely!
johnrowell ♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Against Fritz 8 I set up the position again, and played black against Fritz 8. I broke through as follows:

35 Ree1 Kc8
36 Re4 Rg8 (with threat to take f5 pawn with Queen)
37 Kf1 Rh4 (maybe not necessary)
38 Re1 Rgh8
39 Ke2 Qh6
40 Rd1 Rxh3
41 Rxh3 Qxh3
42 Qxh3 Rxh3

and black has broken through. This was played quickly but I'm sure there's a way.
ionadowman ♡ 49 ( +1 | -1 )
Not only... ...Does have Black have the potential to break through in the manner johnrowell has demonstrated (trebling the heavy pieces on the h-file, and exploiting the pin on White's g-pawn), but don't overlook the potential residing in Black's protected and passed e-pawn (and the powerfully placed extra bishop is not to be sneezed at, neither).
Even if you can't find a clear way to win, as Black you can afford to poke and prod to see what shakes. White has absolutely no play: all he can do is defend (react to Black's initiative). You ain't gonna lose!