Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Quick Draws, how to avoid them?

Was Radjabov vs Motylev Biel Rd8 really a 10 move draw? Playchess and the live site both say so, I'm not sure if ICC agrees they may have posted an extra few moves.

Surely this is a really bad way of promoting the game of chess, so how can the situation be addressed?

Well of course there's the Sofia rules which could be applied to all tournaments, but I would much rather, prefer to see them adopt the increased points scoring system for wins the same way other sports such as Football and Rugby have done.

There are those that would object of course, because there are concerns that players tournament positions could in effect be manipulated. In my opinion I doubt very much if this would be the case, I would in fact excpect players to get more combative and more creative and thus create magnificent games to be replayed, over and over again 50 years from now, much the same way as we play through a Capablanca, Morphy, Alekhine game looking on in awe at the way the pieces dance around the board.

No criticism is directed at the 2 players involved today, Radjabov may well have been tired from his previous slugfest with Van Wely that he wasn't up for a fight today. He may also have glanced over at Carlsens game and seen that he was losing, and thus the tournament lead was up for grabs given that they play each other in round 9.

7 comments:

Tom Chivers said...

If you play out a short draw, you should swap colours and start a second game in the time remaining. If you win that one, you score .75, your opponent .25, etc.

Juicy_plums said...

Ok, but wouldn't that need quite a bit of arbitration, given that there would have to be a couple of parameters set for when that no longer applies. Wouldn't this then be quite simple to manipulate?

Tom Chivers said...

Not as simple as the current system, which just involves agreeing a theoretical variation in advance, then going to the pub shortly after.

As for the arbitration - well, yes, but they get paid - right!

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