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“Draw offer” issue proposal by Susan Polgar, Chairperson of the WOM

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  • “Draw offer” issue proposal by Susan Polgar, Chairperson of the WOM

    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information: Proposed rule change regarding draw offers
    http://lightsquaredbishop.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Huh. That'll never fly.
    Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

    An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

    My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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    • #3
      It's a good idea till you realize that they can still fake stalemate with little effort, or even take a game draw to draw with no mating material with little effort. You can't stop GM draws no matter what you do.
      I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

      If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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      • #4
        The only way to fight GM draws is to kick everyone causing them off the circuit. That would be a mess and likely unfair.
        Have you read the Forum rules?

        Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
        Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
        Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
        Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
        Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
        Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
        Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
        --Red Dwarf

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        • #5
          Money's the bottom concern with this suggestion.

          "chess fans, sponsors, and media"=MONEY, and the article lists them as the reasons for this proposed change. Chess will NEVER be exciting enough for the masses, not in the States anyways, and pandering to the public desire for entertainment by disallowing GM draws will debase chess in short order. 'Cause, it'll soon be found that "no draws" fails utterly to sustain public interest. Receipts will fall, and then the glitz and production values of Hollywood/Vegas will have to be resorted to in an attempt to keep up profits.

          A huge problem is a mass of "chess fans, sponsors, and media" who focus on the individual games to the exclusion of the overall activity of an event/tournament.

          It's as if a baseball fan focused too heavily upon the individual innings of a game, without making the simple and logical connection of those innings to the overall activity of the entire event of the game.

          Some innings are boring. Nothing happens, no strike-outs, mediocre batting, no home-runs. A batter is purposefully walked, the pitcher purposefully throwing to the catcher who's standing eight feet away from the plate. Boring some say, unfair some say, but if we lose our myopia we begin to see some intelligence and skill functioning within a framework of something larger than an inning.

          Checkmates are more interesting than resignations, wins are more interesting than losses, and GM draws are the least interesting of anything--but, they're an integral aspect of chess, just as the shuffling and throwing of salt is an integral aspect of Sumo wrestling, or the shuffling and nervous flexing of a batter at bat is an integral part of baseball.
          "They work at the pace of amnesia."--M. Bloch

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          • #6
            Well if they worked to make GM draw interesting, they might as well hire Vince Mcmahon as a promoter and have a new organization made called WCW or something.
            I am a proud supporter of the GM Igor Smirnov way of teaching. If you would like to see the system and want to try out his teaching methods please follow this link: http://chess-teacher.com/affiliates/...?id=1517_2_3_1

            If you have questions/want a tutor inquire with messages. I am going to rewrite my web page and it will also go here.

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            • #7
              I hate the GM draw as much as the next spectator, but I can definitely see their use at that level.

              If two GMs are playing and they know for a fact that they are going to have to play tougher opposition the very next round, why spend five hours in a grueling battle when they can conserve energy and draw the game, which in effect helps out both of them?

              The GM draw isn’t going anywhere.
              Alexander Alekhine is my chess hero.

              An eerie chess short story: The Empty Chair

              My newest chess story: Gamble: A Supernatural Chess Tale

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              • #8
                In a lecture by Alex Yermolinsky, that I attended, he was stating his opinion that we need to be very carefull about changing draw rules, sighting ,for example, some very speculative sacks where the attacker sees a purpetual if his effort fails. If the draw is penalized with 3-1-0 scoring he is less likely to risk the attack making for more conservative chess, opposite of what the rule change was meant to accomplish.

                Victor

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