Today's game at the World Cup between Alexander Moiseenko and David Navara had been remarkable enough already - Navara was initially worse but eventually achieved a pure queen v. rook ending. Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich are among those who've failed to deal with the technical task of winning that in 50 moves, but on move 114 Navara had finally reached an easily won position. Then something incredible happened: he offered a draw. Sergey Shipov explained at Crestbook.
Shipov had been commentating on the game in Russian for the official website, and was delighted that Navara had finally managed to win. However, as he wrote on the Crestbook forum (the emphasis is Shipov's):
I talked to Moiseenko after his game against Navara – they DREW! What happened was as follows: in the first time trouble Navara accidentally touched one of his pieces and if he moved it he’d lose a piece. Moiseenko pardoned him that touch in a short dialogue.
It seems a sense of guilt weighed on David and then, having achieved a won position, he considered it wasn’t possible for him to win and offered a draw.
All in all, they’re going to play tiebreaks tomorrow.
David Navara and Alexander Moiseenko are the noblest representatives of the chess world. Let’s remember their names…
You can play through the game at the WhyChess broadcast page.
Navara wins and... offers draw!