by Tyler Cowen
on January 1, 2008 at 3:57 pm
1. Books that claim the world is getting better
2. How to discourage chess draws; an excellent "social choice" discussion.
3. How to read beyond your level
I think I played Jackson Showalter somewhere.
Darn it, grandmaster chess is really hard, and perhaps the hardest part of GM Chess is creatinng reasonable opening innovations. A GM runs thru 15 moves of a Ruy or a KID and tries something new, and the brilliant opponent across the board answers in a way not considered in the preparation. Then quite often there are no good moves left to play.
Get yourself a good search program and a huge tournament database and search for duplicate games, identical positions drawn. You will find a good number of true “GM draws” but you will find many more unsuccessful innovations and a lot less duplicate games than the CB discussion implies. Early draws are a critical part of the science of chess.
Having said this, the last suggestion about standing draw offers is a good one.
This standing draw offer suggestion is brilliant, although I can’t imagine that it will be introduced in practice. A very small step could be to use the bilbao rule as a second score in case of equal “traditional” scores (instead of Sonneberger and all this crap no one understands anyway). This could be easily introduced and if you stop sharing the price money between players with equal “traditional” scores you get the right incentives.
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