The Immortal Mirror Game

Joel Hackbart vs. Graeme Cree

Austin - 1988

Loath as I am to include one of my own games against such august company, this really is one for the ages.

This was a blitz game played in between rounds of one of the annual A.C.E. Ladder Championships. Hackbart was a player that I played and analyzed with quite often before he moved across the country, and we always seemed to know what the other was thinking.

It's said that the problem with a symmetrical position is that White often has the opportunity to breaK the symmetry in a way that Black can't match, and obtain the advantage. But what happens if he doesn't do that? Look and see. This game was published in Larry Evans on Chess in 1988. Now the full story behind it can be told...