Rule 10.2 suggested ammendment
1. Too many decisions are being made in favour of the claimer (the person claiming a draw) and not enough in favour of the claimee (the opponent).
2. Arbiters are not either a) Trained well enough in the application of this rule b) Incapable of understanding the purpose and proper application of the rule c) Not a good enough chess player to apply the rule correctly in some cases.
3. The claimee is not being given the benefit of the doubt.
4. The game is being brought into disrepute.
5. Arbiters/claimers do not understand what â€œby normal meansâ€ means. (apologies for repetition of â€œmeansâ€ made worse by this note).
6. No right of appeal is available.
Here is the 10.2 rule as it stands:
10.2 If the player, having the move, has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may claim a draw before his flag falls. He shall summon the arbiter and may stop the clocks. (See Article 6.12.b)
a) If the arbiter agrees the opponent is making no effort to win the game by normal means, or that it is not possible to win by normal means, then he shall declare the game drawn. Otherwise he shall postpone his decision or reject the claim.
b) If the arbiter postpones his decision, the opponent may be awarded two extra minutes and the game shall continue, if possible in the presence of an arbiter. The arbiter shall declare the final result later in the game or as soon as possible after a flag has fallen. He shall declare the game drawn if he agrees that the final position cannot be won by normal means, or that the opponent was not making sufficient attempts to win by normal means.
c) If the arbiter has rejected the claim, the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes time.
d) The decision of the arbiter shall be final relating to (a), (b) and (c).
I propose to try to strengthen the position of the claimee and reduce the pressure on the arbiter in the following way:
I. The arbiter should retain the power to declare the game drawn in 10.2a but should be advised to exercise this power with caution and always give the claimee the benefit of the doubt.
II. The arbiter should retain his powers in 10.2b. However if he declares the game drawn on flag-fall the claimee may accept the decision or should have the automatic and immediate right to invoke the following clause:
Immediate right to invoke the following clause
Both clocks should be put back 2 minutes and the game should continue. Both players must complete 15 moves with the time they have left. If a flag falls before 15 extra moves have been played the player whose flag has fallen will lose the game. If a flag falls after 15 extra moves have been played the arbiter will make a decision according to 10.2b. No further right to invoke the clause remains.
The benefits are obvious and various;
1. The arbiter will end up deciding the result of the game in far fewer cases.
2. The arbiter will be guaranteed to see at least 15 moves (if the clause is invoked) which will give him far more opportunity to make the correct decision.
3. The claimer will have the opportunity to prove that the draw is obvious and arbitrary as he will be given a generous 8 seconds per move.
4. The claimee will have far more opportunity to try to discover the best and possibly various winning attempts.
5. Both parties may lose the game on flag-fall if the clause is invoked The remaining time left to both (2 minutes to the claimer and 2 minutes+ to the claimee) becomes a factor in the result of the game and this is good since the claimer should be at a disadvantage here as they have used up more time than the claimee in the game. The clock is after all an integral part of the game and should remain so in these circumstances.
6. The whole appeal/clause should only take about 5 extra minutes.