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Richard Gerber vs Kevin Spraggett
CEG vs Legends (2012), Geneve SUI, rd 9, Aug-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-13-12  Martha Stewart: I've never played in a tournament, just computers and online. But I've looked through this tournament and see several games that were draws very early on in the game. It seems to me that they could be played out a bit further, try to draw the opponent into making an error in the endgame.

From anyone experienced in tournaments, why do they agree to a draw? Is it that they both fear a loss and don't want to risk a loss in what seems to be an even game? Or is it that they don't want to waste more energy / brain juice, and save it for the next game?

Aug-13-12  diagonal: Indeed, there were some games with very early draws, an argument for the Sofia (Bilbao, London, Biel,...) rule, a scoring-system counting a win three points.

The tournament schedule here was incredible though with three double rounds, even two double-round-days in a row (with starting the games at 10:00 am and at 4:30 pm, with 90 minutes for 40 moves, then plus 30 minutes and increments of 30 seconds from the beginning), and no rest day at all.

At least part of an explanation, and if Andersson, Ribli or Spraggett offers you as lower rated player a draw, you will take it unless there is a good reason not to do so.

Or a player doesn't want to waste more energy / brain juice, and save it for the next game, as mentioned by <Martha Stewart>.

Or he is simply too lazy, in one game (Domont versus Ribli, draw after 11 moves in the penultimate round, played in less than half an hour), not a single piece was taken!

Richard Gerber seemed to be a bit exhausted at the end of the competition, and with consecutive short draws he still managed to consolidate his first place in the Geneva team.

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