games in the classical collections are not finished!
simply how these games, historically, have been recorded, and
they DO stop at that point.
It happens very often that
masters and grandmasters do not play the game until checkmate.
The player who is obviously losing simply decides to
This decision saves him both the pain and the
energy to go to the end of the game, so he can start
concentrating on the next game instead. It is also seen as a kind
of courtesy to his opponent: if you continue playing a lost
position it can be interpreted somehow like you are only waiting
for your opponent to make a mistake because it is the only way
you could not lose.
It can also happen that both
players agree that the game is going to be a draw, because with a
lot of experience you can recognize such cases. So they both
agree to stop the game by offering each other a draw, which is
permitted by the rules of chess. If the referee also agrees, the
game is stopped and recorded as a draw.
There can also
be other special cases:
A player can forfeit at some point in the game if he feels that,
for any reason, he cannot continue (maybe he has caught a cold
and must take some rest).
A player can behave badly in the tournament room and the referee
decides to declare his opponent as the winner and to exclude him
from the competition.
you want to know why the game has been stopped, just tap
> Game information
at the result. If it's 1-0 or 0-1, then one player resigned. if
it's 1/2-1/2, it was a draw by mutual agreement.
is also a special case which happens very seldom. The result "*"
(a star) means that the game has been unfinished. Maybe the
tournament has been interrupted, or it is an historical game
which has not been fully retrieved, and we do not know how it has