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Nadezhda Kosintseva vs Tatiana Kosintseva
ACP Women Cup Rapid (2012) (rapid), Tbilisi GEO, rd 6, Feb-20
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. Alapin Gambit (C69)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Feb-21-12  Blunderdome: Even in rapid they don't want to play :(
Feb-21-12  Olavi: Some people say chess is crueler that boxing, the Klitschkos don't take on each other either...
Feb-22-12  paavoh: It is their trademark by now, they have to do it...
Feb-22-12  SimonWebbsTiger: they have to be told off for this. It doesn't look sporting at all to keep playing the same draw.

I'd love to see the sisters actually try to beat one another.

Feb-22-12
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  whiteshark: <SWT> in chess boxing? :D
Feb-22-12  paavoh: Let's all pray that the two do not reach the WCh finals...
Feb-22-12  Jim Bartle: Five straight times they've played this variation to a perpetual. Their longest game in the database is a fifteen-move draw.
Feb-22-12  Olavi: Going by this database, the three Polgars mainly played short draws (re number of moves - some of them may still have been genuine fights), but at least in lighter events of this kind they fought.
Feb-22-12  waustad: Tahe a look at the dates. With Susan and Judit it was all draws before a particular game and hardly any after. i hope that happens with these two.
Feb-22-12
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  Penguincw: What other siblings play like this?
Feb-22-12  Jim Bartle: I think it's poor to play the exact same draw over and over, but you've got to think it's tough. If you've ever seen a Williams vs. Williams tennis match, you can see they don't enjoy playing each other, and the winner doesn't feel too great. Neither tends to play her best either.
Feb-22-12  wordfunph: make the scoring -3 for draw, +3 for win and 0 for a loss and we'll see how they play.
Jun-20-12
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  OBIT: <Jim B>Maybe the Williams sisters could use the match to set all sorts of records for duration. For example, checking the record books I see the longest point in a match went 643 points and 29 minutes. If they just lob the ball back and forth, they should beat that record easily. To set the record for longest game, they could just keep sending the game back to deuce - heck, if they did this consistently, in theory the game will never end.

Imagine all the records that could be broken! Even better, after this match the public may stop complaining about how dull grandmaster chess is.

Jun-22-12  Lonnie Lurko: Given that one of the players collapsed with cramp immediately after completing the 29-minute point, I'm not at all sure the Williams sisters could beat it "easily".

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/s...

Jun-22-12  Petrosianic: <Olavi>: <Some people say chess is crueler that boxing, the Klitschkos don't take on each other either...>

Yeah, but these two DO take on each other, then play phony games.

It would be better if White just offered a draw before the first move. If they don't want to play, then don't pretend to, and don't clutter up the databases with fake games.

Or if you must, then at least show a little variety. Play different fake games. Maybe for their next 10 games, they could re-play all the draws from the Anand-Gelfand match, for example. Show a little imagination.

Nov-26-12  waustad: After the knockout tournament when they looked like they were both about to cry after each game, I expect we'll see these again in the future.

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