But what about threefold repetitions? In round 8, the top board game was drawn in 16 moves, after the players engineered a well-known repetition in the Berlin Wall. But that same day, Safarli and Baron were double-defaulted, after they repeated three times and then signed the scoresheet - their crime, apparently, was failing to consult an arbiter, before signing. Like Mafia bosses, Danny Boy's arbiters are big on "respect", it seems. But then in the final round yesterday, Bologan and Malakhov repeated three times, and called the arbiter, only to be refused permission to agree a draw anyway - on what grounds, only Don Corleone could say!
Anyway, forewarned is forearmed. Sebastian Maze and Ilya Smirin took no chances in their game. Having reached a position after 15 moves, in which they wished to draw, they then repeated moves - 13 times, all the way to move 40, whereupon they smoked the pipe of peace!