Charlie, the treatments are working. I am glad that you
agree now that some draws are ok. I agree with your issue. However
changing the chess rules will not solve the problem. I have no problem
with draws that occur in the endgame. This shows that the players have
given it all they can.
The issue is the early no-fight draw, the kind we
saw in today's game between Anand and Leko. It was drawn after 19 short
moves. Anand with the white pieces could have pressed Leko, but he did
not. If Anand beats Leko in this short match, I think Anand could say, hey
maybe I really deserve to play Kramnik for the world
championship. Now it will be Leko turn on Friday, 7/29/2004, to press
Anand. Should Leko win this match, then he can say, hey I am the best of
the rest and deserve to play Kramnik for the world
championship. Well in a
two game match not much can be determined, however Leko can use this to
build momentum going into the world championship match in September.
On Friday, I think Leko
should be looking to beat Anand, the number 2 player
in the world. A Leko victory over Anand would reaffirm Leko's
right to face Kramnik for the title. Anand strategy might be to bring the match into the rapid/blitz phase,
where Anand excels. GM John Fedorowicz said it best on chess fm, you
got to take advantage of your whites. Today, Anand did not take advantage of
his white, lets see if Leko will do so on Friday.
Charlie, in order to have an exciting chess game, you need two opponents
trying to win. Maybe the players should follow my 7th
chess commandment. We need to change players attitudes
about the game and not the game itself.
Here are some more ideas about fixing the short draws:
Lets make use of the Fischer rule in the 1992 match against
Spassky. If a game ends in under 1 hour, then switch sides and play again.
Lets take a page from Don Shultz book “ChessDon”.
Don likes to split out some of the prize fund into a winning pool. Each
player gets money for each game they won.
4) Alex Baburin had an interesting Idea, in ChessToday.
In today's game, the appearance fees are higher than the prize funds. He
suggests taking money from players appearance fees and putting it into the
prize funds. This might just be what the doctor ordered. This could
put the fight back into the game.
5) lets encourage winning more, by changing the scoring
1.2 points for a win with black
1.1 points for a win with white
.5 points for a draw
I will close with the my Fischer equation:
Sponsorship (big dollars) =
(Players Reliability) * (Players Ability) * (Players desire to win).
It is in the players interest to play for a win most
of the time.