Dayton TD protests 3-move draw!

Riley Driver of Dayton, Ohio (USA) directed the GEM City Open on the weekend of 25-27th of April. Out of 150 games that were played, all but one met the requirements of an actual game. Thus, Mr. Driver had recommended that the Wojtkiewicz-Kreiman game (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 -) not be rated. He stated in his letter:

The Official Rules of Chess within rule 14.b.6 state, "It is unethical and unsporting to agree to a draw before a serious contest has begun."  Clearly this draw was agreed to before a serious contest had begun.

Mr. Driver is familiar with GM Maurice Ashley's essay and tournament and perhaps is taking a proactive step to rid his tournaments of anti-competitive play.

Read Driver's letter to USCF

Posted by The Chess Drum: 12 May 2003