Didn't the authors of the latest version of the Laws of Chess put it in?NickFaulks wrote:Is there any way to claim 3x repetition in blitz? Nobody seems to know.
http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html? ... ew=article
Under the Appendix for Rapid chess
Under the Appendix for Blitz chessA.2 wrote: Players do not need to record the moves, but do not lose their rights to claims normally based on a scoresheet. The player can, at any time, ask the arbiter to provide him with a scoresheet, in order to write the moves.
B.3.2 wrote:The player may at any time, when it is his move, ask the arbiter or his assistant to show him the scoresheet. This may be requested a maximum of five times in a game. More requests shall be considered as a distraction of the opponent.
On the face of it, a player could rely on B.4 and A.2 to make such a claim, but it might be a complicated process to attempt with seconds on the clock. Disruptive to the flow of the game as well if the clocks have to be stopped to speak to the arbiter.B.4 wrote: Otherwise, play shall be governed by the Rapid chess Laws as in Article A.2 and A.4.
The existence of A.2 is presumably why you see arbiters writing the moves for Rapid and Blitz games they are supervising, even where there's a DGT board in use.