06/29/07 06:04 PM
Re: Durrr in process of losing 60k+ in a chess bet.. good month for ra


GMs tend to be pretty big pussies when the money is on the line.

In a big tourney 1st might be $15,000. On top board, either player who wins would clinch first place. Instead, they usually agree to a quick draw, where they get into a massive 6-7 way tie for first for like $4,000

Sometimes the stronger player will have WHITE (will prolly score upwards of 60%).
I understand they need the money to live off and yada yada, just has bugged me for a while.

Most either have no clue whatsoever on how to determine +EV plays or they lack the guts.

I think a USA championship saw this recently. Like 10 people in first place, 4 boards make a quick draw (thus 8 players), the 5th board becomes a crazy game. Clearly +EV (for these 2 guys) in the short run, but especially in the long-run! Think of all the invitations you'll get when you win. It always amazes me how short-sighted some GMs can be.

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