Longest kept tension?
Seeing the game Nakamura-Van Wely today in the World Rapid Championship after going quickly through the moves I immediately stopped and backtracked. I went back to this position.
I did so because I had gone forward first several moves and at no point did Nakamura take the pawn on e4 or Van Wely take the pawn on f3! There followed
10. a3 Ba5 11. O-O-O Nbd7 12. Bf4 e5 13. Bg5 O-O 14. Ng3 Bxc3 15. bxc3
Still nobody takes? Up till this point Van Wely was worried about his lack of development and probably didn’t want to hand such a dangerous player as Nakamura the initiative with an open g-file to his king. At this point though taking starts to be a real option.
15… Qa5 16. Kb2 Nc5 17. Bxf6 Qb6+ 18. Ka1 Qxf6 19. Bc4 Be6 20. Bxe6 Qxe6 21. Qd5
Unbelievably nobody has yet released the tension. It’s finally now on move TWENTY TWO that white takes on e4 releasing this tension. So we saw both sides makes twenty-three moves between them without either side capturing a pawn that felt like a natural choice!
Do you know of any examples of such a long tension with pawns in the centre (well anywhere really) that can capture each other for such a long time? Let me know!