[Grammar] both former champions, had different meals before playing each other.

sania-baharat

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Original sentence: In an experiment for a TV show, two chess players, both former champions, had different meals before playing each other.

Are these following OK, too?

In an experiment for a TV show, two chess players, who were both former champions, had different meals before playing each other.

In an experiment for a TV show, two chess players, both of whom were former champions, had different meals before playing each other.
 
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Rover_KE

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What is the source of the original sentence, which is just fine?

Your alternatives add unnecessary words.
 

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What is the source of the original sentence, which is just fine?
Thank you.
The source is Top Notch 3.
I want to use main sentence too, but I just wanted to know how the original sentences was formed.
 

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They would both be grammatically correct if you removed the commas from the first one.
 

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In an experiment for a TV show, two chess players, who were both former champions, had different meals before playing each other.
To me, that works with/without the last two commas (I would not remove the first comma).
 

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I think we should make the sentence as close to the original as possible. It needs a non-restrictive relative clause, in my opinion.
 
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