Hang on a second - 7 or 8 moves to the time control? Not in a quickplay finish; 10.2 claim should be immediately rejected as inapplicable to the situation.John Anderson wrote: I am reminded of an incident at the kidlington Congress a few years ago. I was playing an FM (212/215ish in old money) who was well known for getting into time -trouble. I was pressing hard for the win and, with maybe 7 or 8 moves to the time control, my opponent seemed deep in thought. When he stopped the clocks with 2 minutes to spare I assumed he was resigning but in fact he had simply let his clock run down from around 20 minutes down to 2 in order to summon the arbiter to claim a draw.
(And letting your clock run down should be an immediate rejection anyway; if you've got 20 minutes, you have time to actually play your drawing line.)