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And in one out of one hundred games, their opponent slips and gives up a stalemate.
Was that worth the five hours they spent playing out the other 99 games?
Most people say no.
Actually, I get more like five out of a hundred, put it's probably the class of player I compete against. Again, your mileage may vary.
It is considered good manners to say check when one checks ones opponent......
It's actually considered bad manners, especially in a tournament game. Only beginners feel the need to say check. It literally "goes without saying" with stronger play.
Laws of chess: Handbook FIDE
12.6It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims, unreasonable offers of a draw or the introduction of a source of noise into the playing area.
From this rule, if saying check distracts you or annoy's you, then you are within the rules to tell the Arbiter your opponent is so doing so.
For me, it is ok if my opponent is saying so in a very low volume unless it happens in the end game with very few pieces left on the board. However, yes after a move is made, the position should speak for itself and saying check in not nessecary and can be considered rude by some.
I wouldn't except low volume either. It's rude because it implies you're so weak as to not know you're in check. I won't put up with that at any volume.
and you are within the rules to object. Not all chess players have the same perspective. I was playing in a tournament and this guy keep talking to me during the game. Under time pressure I blundered and lost the game. After the game I told the arbitor about what happened. He consulted my opponent and then declared a draw. I should of known the rules and nipped the talking in the bud. I am not much of a tournament player. I also remember in another game my opponent whispered check. That did not bother me, but I do not do it. If they do not see the check and make an illegial move, then the score sheet comes into play. I always thought is was kinda odd the players keep score, but with so many players in a tournament and so few officals what choice is there. I guess someone could try to cheat by keeping an incorrect scorecard on purpose!
Had to correct my post as I saw I used "except" instead of "accept". I must have been asleep when I wrote that.
At any rate, I remember during my first OTB tournament, I got paired with the leader in the 4th round. In order to disrupt my concentration, he would smack the button on my clock really hard so the noise was sharp and loud. It worked to the point of causing me to lose focus and I played into a lost position. Finally I spoke up and told him to stop doing that, but by that point he knew he had me beat and it didn't matter. I vowed from then on to never let my opponent pull distractions like that.
By the way, that opponent went on to win the tournament, and turned out to be a sandbagger upon investigation. He took the prize money and promptly never played a rated game of chess again. That was 15 years ago.
Just to be clear about my position, ...
Had I not had reasonable counterplay, I would have resigned once it became clear that my position was hopeless. But given the checkmate possibility, the position was not completely hopeless. I had a realistic chance to save the game.
That sounds like a magnificent multi-sacrifice combination. I'd be interested in seeing that game if you have it.
I will try to dig it up, I should have the score, it was normal time control so unless I have lost it.... It was many, many years ago. I haven't played rated OTB for a long time.
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