129 ( +1 | -1 ) Topalov/Anand MatchTopalov and Anand will play a blitz match in Bulgaria on Feb. 1. They will have ten minutes with no increment for all moves.
part of the regulations state:
"1. The main rule while holding the competition will be correctness and mutual respect – “FAIR PLAY” When achieving an equal position (equal score) in the last minutes of the match, it would be ADVISABLE for the party having more time, if it were not to see a winning plan, to offer a draw."
I find this illogical. Suppose an equal position is reached on the board when Topalov has eight minutes remaining but Anand has only two minutes remaining. Then this informal "fair play" rule dictates that Topalov should offer a draw if he sees no way of improving his position. But shouldn't Topalov be rewarded for taking 1/4 the time that Anand took to reach an equal position? And by "rewarded" I mean permitted by rules of fair play to try to cause Anand to lose on time? After all, good chess play is a function of not only skill but of time as well.