A prearranged draw, if proven (how?), will earn the players a -:-. Now consider this situation: Today, big kids tournament by our club/school. Two players from the same school are paired, 1.e4 e5 Draw. Tournament director gives the two rascals the talk about birds and bees and unsporting behavior: Either you play an earnest game or double forfeit. I was main arbiter and had my doubts, but kept my big mouth shut. Where to draw (sorry) the line between the unalienable right to agree on a draw following the rules (i.e. after two half moves and no Sofia in effect) and a prearranged draw?

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    I thought it was the FIDE arbiter's job to rule on this kind of thing? What is Sofia, pls
    – Laska
    Commented Jun 23 at 12:31
  • @Laska: Sofia rule, a fairly standard rule to disallow draws before the 40th move (especially relevant when watchers want something for their money). For the question who had the last say, it was a giant tournament (100 kiddies), the subarbiter (incidentally from our club) directly reported to the director (also from our club, and our youth referent), and I (the chairman of the club) found it pointless to miff off my colleague with rule interpretation on such a petitesse. He was already testy enough due to petulant tech ;-) Commented Jun 23 at 14:35
  • It's one of those things that can't really be adequately defined. Try to define it in such a way that the Berlin Draw can be considered pre-arranged. At GM level it would be obvious, but at lower level probably less clear. Really it just needs to be a judgement call decision
    – Darren H
    Commented Jun 24 at 15:19


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