Ok,let's start with openness(Glasnost)
I think I was very open with you,with all the players in this
tournament,and any spectators.
You,however,used that to show me in a bad light.
Now I have to give reasons.
This is wierd.. I don't know what you're getting at, but I feel like I'm
missing half of the conversation because the replys to posts don't
make sense. It seems like you're replying to something that we can't
hear, and above it's like your talking to yourself. I'm even worried that
someone has hacked your pass & is posting in your name. Can you
explain please? Not that you have to of course; I'd just like to
I found the Russians bit quite interesting - it reminded me of the
Macedonians time wasting yesterday... not exactly sporting, everyone
knows what they're doing, but you can't get pulled up for it. I realise
that this wasn't what you were intending though; I'm not trying to say
you were being unsporting.
Just an idea... could you and Alley arrange to be on the site at the
same time and play as if it were OTB. You'd both be trying to win, and
there's no rules about playing too fast. And if there is 1 all (or 2
draws) then you could take the tie breaker slower if you like.
2 questions also.. Does OTB stand for "over the board"? - I've never
know and just guessed that's what it was. And 2nd.. is it called a "GM
draw" because only a GM would know it was a draw before 20 moves,
or because it was GM's doing it? Or something else?
My understanding was that the phrase "GM draw" is a bit derogatory. It
implied a draw between two grandmasters who simple didn't want to
fight each other. I don't actually follow the the exact details of why it
gave a points advantage in tourneys to the GMs doing it, but
apparently it did ('ve never played in tourneys..one day). The games
were generally drawn very early, often in the middle of a very standard
I first ran across this while looking at games in a database, and very
annoyingly spent a bit of time trying to understand WHY the games
were draws. I thought there was something subtle about the positions,
didn't realize it was just "politics". Sneaky sneaky. Most of the games
I saw like this were from the 50s and 60s. Dave's info that it was often
pulled to make life more difficult for Bobby Fisher was something I
didn't know - and very interesting.
Dave (or anyone who knows!) - did Tal also get the short end of this
type of stick early on - thought I read that somewhere?