Game 10 Ladder Games with the Normal scoring and Results from August 9th, 2004

# Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Henry Getz W2 L5 W6 W8 W4 4.0
2 Peter MConaghie L1 W3 W7 W4 D5 3.5
3 Bob Dressen W6 L2 W8 W5 D7 3.5
4 Wayne Zimmerle W10 W8 W5 L2 L1 3.0
5 Laszlo Naszodi W7 W1 L4 L3 D2 2.5
6 Peter Ayler L3 W10 L1 D7 W9 2.5
7 Rick Bischoff L5 W9 L2 D6 D3 2.0
8 Drew Streitmatter W9 L4 L3 L1 B--- 2.0
9 Jon Daker L8 L7 L10 B--- L6 1.0
10 Partha Nookala L4 L6 W9 U--- U--- 1.0

Game 10 Ladder Games with the Twisted scoring and Results from August 9th, 2004

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Henry Getz 1941 W2 L5 W6 W8 W4 4.0
2 Peter MConaghie 2191 L1 W3 W7 W4 D5 3.6
3 Bob Dressen 1955 W6 L2 W8 W5 D7 3.4
4 Wayne Zimmerle 2124 W10 W8 W5 L2 L1 3.0
5 Laszlo Naszodi 1971 W7 W1 L4 L3 D2 2.4
6 Peter Ayler 2272 L3 W10 L1 D7 W9 2.6
7 Rick Bischoff 1600 L5 W9 L2 D6 D3 2.0
8 Drew Streitmatter 1970 W9 L4 L3 L1 B--- 2.0
9 Jon Daker 1563 L8 L7 L10 B--- L6 1.0
10 Partha Nookala 1914 L4 L6 W9 U--- U--- 1.0

Note that the only thing that the twisted scoring did was reverse the position of Laszlo Naszodi and Peter Ayler.  Rick Bischoff drew twice, once with white and once with black to nuetralize the twisted scoring.  This little experiment was done in response to a letter to the editor in Chess Life that was complaining about Grandmaster draws.   After having done this little exercise I've come to these conclusions.  There may be a problem with Grandmaster draws but changing the scoring system isn't the answer.  For the vast majority of chess players drawing is simply about saving that lost game and getting what we can out of a bad situation.  There are more draws in the latter rounds simply because players of equal strength or meeting each other. 

Wayne Zimmerle