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sebas4life> Actually, you are lucky your opponent didn't claim a draw. He can pause the clock and tell the arbiter that the game is drawn.
That's not how it works in the United States... it's not enough to know it's a drawn K+P vs K position, you have to actually prove you can draw it. At least, given non-blitz time controls and digital delay clocks, which are what I always play with.
pvmike was attempting to make progress, and he was successful! I actually just watched a player bungle Philidor and lose a drawn R+P vs R ending.
I wasn't trying beat my opponent on time, I just wanted to see how he responded to Ke4 if he played Kf2 I would have offer a draw. He could have claimed a draw under USCF rules, but I think the arbiter should have made him play out the moves up to Kf2.
But know you basic endings by heart, whenever I study endings I always practice with fast time controls because I know in OTB by the ending I'm not going to have time to think just react.
In France, the arbiter would have demanded that the player play "a few extra moves", and if the player with black shows that he actually knows the drawing pattern, he would have been awarded a draw, even if his flag fell.
Hey! I just started a group for those interested in slow chess. I'm not sure how to make it work yet, but maybe someone here is interested in helping making it work? Let's grow this thing!
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