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Levon Aronian vs Wesley So
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 14, Mar-27
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  morfishine: An "Airport Draw": neither player wishes to miss their flight out, especially after their dismal performances


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  Domdaniel: As they're not allowed to *offer* draws before move 30, this is a clever way of sharing the point. Has it been played before?
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  chancho: A draw and then go lick the wounds type of thing.
Mar-27-18  PJs Studio: I wonder how poorly they ARE actually playing(?) Just because they didnít score well against 2800(!!) level players...

Because these guys eat under 2700ís for breakfast.

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  tpstar: Handy draw line!

Go Wesley!

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  Sally Simpson: Aronian could not avoid last place, he had nothing to play for.

He still gets 17,000 euros, which is off the top of my head is £14,000 or $20,000 (approx) which is not too bad.

Mar-27-18  Petrosianic: It's been done before. But any time there's a rule preventing draw offers in place, there should also be a rule against repeating a position for the third time. The person about to do it should be prohibited from making that move, otherwise the 30 move rule is pointless.
Mar-27-18  Petrosianic: <An "Airport Draw": neither player wishes to miss their flight out, especially after their dismal performances>

Yeah, well getting out of Berlin isn't as hard as it used to be.

Mar-27-18  RookFile: It's fine. Nobody cared about this game anyway.
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  Domdaniel: <Petrosianic) - <there should also be a rule against repeating a position for the third time.)

The problem, as I'm sure you see, is that some triple repetitions are quite artificial - and so can be constructed by the players - but other positions can be deducted.

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