Dink Heckler wrote
on 04/18/23 at 19:08:45:
blame the format, not the players
Kavalek wrote that in any tournament where Petrosian was playing, Petrosian would agree to a quick last round draw and very soon after all the other games would also end in draws. Only if Fischer or Larsen was also playing would it be different.
I think it's fair to say there are a small number of strong characters
who will do their own thing regardless of what others are doing, and a large number of weak characters
who will decide what to do based on what others are doing. Whether doing your own thing, regardless of what others are doing, is a good or a bad trait is open to debate. Some people might prefer to reverse the labels of strong and weak.
On a different axis, both the strong players
and the weak players
are least likely to change their behavior based on others; it's the ones in the middle who will look around before deciding. This may be rational behavior, or it may be how they became strong or weak in the first place.
So I think everything matters
. Take the same players and put them in a different format, or take the same format and plug in different players, the results will be all over the place. Then take different formats and different players, and now people can say almost anything they want about it, and who really knows?