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Ivan Cheparinov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
NH Chess (2008), Amsterdam NED, rd 10, Aug-30
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-30-08  cannibal: Is this game score messed up, or did they really perform some comedy here, ending the game with a NINEfold repetition?

I also wondered if Ljubo couldn't try to play on with Kc6, saccing the knight, instead of Kd8 (and then g3-g2-h4), but I guess white is in time to defend.

Aug-30-08  Landzhev: Lubo had 58... e4! instead ot Rf8... but in mutual time trouble I guess it's only natural to overlook. Kinda feel bad for Chepa though, as a fan and a fellow countryman, because he also showed some good quality games here and deserved the ticket. Anyway, not more than Wang Yue. Congratulations on an amazing performance! The Chinese GM's tranquility and calmness in both style and behavior over the board are admirable ... Still, as a spectator, I couldn't say anything positive about that 9-move draw. It's justified from a sportsman point of view, and I perfectly understand he needed a break at the end when everything was secured, but that doesn't change the fact that it was still awfully unpleasant to watch such a game on the internet :)
Aug-30-08  Danya: Yeah, it seemed like Ljubomir was better.
Aug-31-08  playerXchess: <In the very last game of the tournament to finish, Cheparinov-Ljubojevic, nothing was wrong with the live broadcast and the resulting PGN file, as you might have thought. No, in reality the players did actually repeat the position from moves 68 to 84! Ljubojevic refused to offer a draw because earlier in the game “I offered him a draw in a slightly better position but he refused” (Ljubojevic), whilst Cheparinov stated afterwards that he did offer a draw at some point, which was apparently rejected by Ljubojevic. Not a very mature way to finish such a tournament by the two players, but OK. Most of these remarkable moments is captured in the last two videos.>

Aug-31-08  cannibal: Well, that video of Ljubo and Chepa is even sillier than I expected. I thought at least someone got tired in the end and claimed the draw. But no, the arbiter actually had to literally force them, in private conversations, to draw. And what's this nonsense about already having offered a draw and not wanting to do it again? You don't need to <OFFER> a draw by repetition, you just call the arbiter, you don't even have to speak to your opponent about it.

(And Chepa's voice cracks me up every time, btw)

Aug-31-08  acirce: That's one of the sillest things I've seen in quite a while. How long would they have gone on if the arbiter had not intervened?
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  tamar: Ladies and Gentleman,


In this corner

Ivan "Nine Times Repetition" Cheparinov


Ljubomir "Nine Times Repetition" Ljubojevic

Let the staring commence.

Aug-31-08  Landzhev: Nine is a good number for the moves in an instructive chess game... Made as much sense as the nine mover Yue-Bareev.
Aug-31-08  sallom89: ROFL LOL! what a joke!
after a hand shake problem, now a 9 move repetition thing.
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: should have been a draw much sooner
May-05-09  WhiteRook48: stupid!
Aug-20-10  mavaddat: The video demonstration of this machismo can be found here:
Sep-18-10  swr: I guess nobody wanted to leave the board.... here's a video about what happened

Sep-19-10  brankat: Cool stuff :-)

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