Repetition in LOA

Since I saw the theoretical possibility that repetition could occur, I asked several active players, and posted a question to rec.games.board. Most of the reponses were negative "never seen it", but a posting from Phillip Cohen was more interesting. That post is the basis for this page.

Phillip Cohen Wrote:
...Curiously, a couple of days after this note appeared, the latest issue of *NOST-Algia* arrived, and John McCallion's column contained an annotated Scrambled Eggs LOA game with the first possible forced repetition I ever recall seeing. The game (Walt Roessner v. Paul Yearout)
starting position for repetition
B 1 b1 b3		W 2 a2 c2 
B 3 a5 c5		W 4 e1 e3 
B 5 a7 e3+		W 6 g1 g3 
B 7 a3 f3		W 8 f8 f5 
B 9 c8 f5+		W 10 c2 f5+ 
B 11 d1 g4		W 12 a6 c4 
B 13 b3 g3+		W 14 c4 g4+>
B 15 c5 f5+		W 16 h7 f5+ 
B 17 f1 f4		W 18 b8 f4+ 
B 19 e8 e6		W 20 a4 e4 
B 21 e6 g6		W 22 d8 f6 
B 23 h4 f6+		W 24 h3 g2 
B 25 h2 h5+		W 26 c1 c2 
B 27 g8 h7 ;Check!	W 28 g2 h3 
B 29 f6 g5 ;Check!	W 30 e4 h4 ;Check!

diagram of the potential loop

The interesting thing about the diagram is the possibility of continuing with

B 31 g6 e6. 

White can respond

W 32 h4 e4;check!

Suppose Black moves back with

B 33 e6 g6;Check!

White will not stand for that, and so plays

W 34 e4 h4;Check,

and we're back where we started.

JM wrote, 'There is at present no official rule to cover this situation. Rather than have the game end in a draw, Robin and I would prefer to borrow a rule from Chinese Chess: the player about to repeat a position for the third time must vary the move or lose.

In fact, the game continued this way, so repetition didn't play a part in the outcome; but clearly, it could have, and therefore can be a factor in real games.

the actual endgame position
B 31 e3 e4		W 32 c2 b3 ;Check! 
B 33 g3 c3		W 34 h3 e6 ;Check! 
B 35 f3 d5		W 36 e6 e4+ ;Check! 
B 37 g6 e6		W 38 h4 d4 ;Check! 
B 39 h7 h4		W 40 b3 b4 ;Check! (2 ways) 
B 41 e6 e4+		W 42 b4 c5 ;Check! (2 ways)

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