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I have played chess in prison with prison inmates--one thing you do NOT do is ask why someone is in prison.
the reasons are obvious.
Not to me. Some tell me without me asking. One I knew served time for burglary, one for embezzlement, and one got 12 years for manslaughter. Almost forgot to mention one on death row for "Killing a pig." Not meaning the animal.
In prison there are crimes which other prisoners think are worse than say murder. These include child molesting and any kind of crime which results in death or terrible harm to a child.
There are "famous" criminals who gain stature because they are famous but on the other hand other inmates become jealous.
Every crime known can cause problems to an inmate--have to remember where you are.
Thus prisoners use "dont ask, dont tell"
Interesting story. Not to rain on the parade, but anyone who bangs the pieces down or bangs on the clock, regardless of the venue in which the game is played, is an insufferable prick
Not trying to stir anything, but I heard that in tourneys, you're not supposed to say check to your opponent, because it disturbs the other players. If they don't see it, you can point it out, but don't say it loud. One guy on here was griping cause the TD made him forfeit his nearly won game, cause he kept saying it.
I don't know if it's not allowed or if it's impolite, but it hardly seems necessary.
It's because it can not only disturb your opponent, but also the other players next to your game.
That's what I stated. The thing about other players, anyway.
There are things you don't ask of a prisoner. Especially if you are only a visitor and you get to go home. If the prisoner volunteers the information then that is another story.
Besides I was young at the time and it was my first game in the league. Also in 1961 in all the games that we played in our club, everyone said "check". I believe when the Queen was able to be taken we even said "En Guarde".
Slamming the pieces of the clock was called "Gesticulation" I didn't do it all the time. Yes it might have disturbed the other players also.
It was a memoir and part of it was made up like Stephen King writes his stories.
Thanks for calling me a "insuferrable prick" whatever that is.
Thanks for reading and the comments.
It was actually "insufferable prick" and I stand by that comment - for anyone who does it. If you tried that "Jasticulation" in a legitimate tournament, you'd get a warning, and if you continued, you'd be thrown out of the tournament on your a**. If you did it in a non-tournament game, you'd risk a justifiable punch in the face. It's not my place to teach you manners. Pretty surprising you're the age you say you are and think acting like an Ill-mannered 6-year-old at the chessboard is acceptable behavior. But if you don't know that by now, it's unlikely you ever will.
I used to volunteer with a prison program after an escape had all but shut down a very active and ongoing club. They lost any administrative support and funding, so depended on donated books, sets, broken clocks which they would repair, etc. So I visited twice a month to do that and give group lessons.
The prison system had been plagued with escapes and incidents the previous year or two, and security was high, but I entered, was searched, and walked alone across the yard and into the meeting room in their school building. Once a guard mentioned I was the only civilian permitted to do that.
Later I had a meeting with an Assistant Warden about the program, and happened to ask him about that, and he laughed. "Two of your avid players are Lew C. and Bernard F. (both in for multiple homicides +) and Lew's the baddest white guy in the house and Bernard is the baddest black guy. The word is out, it's no secret here. Hell, you are safer on that yard alone than the Warden is with his full detail!"
Which was pretty cool, especially since both of them, and nearly every inmate I got to know, were really interesting people, not unpleasant or scary at all to talk to. Men who had committed some horrific crimes, but weren't so different than anyone else you might meet. In another setting, you would never guess their "occupation."
Chessplayers have always been open to all, just follow the rules of the game and the event and you are welcome. It can have a very positive influence on people in the system.
If you get a chance, spend a day playing at a prison that has a program. It will be worth your while - but have a good breakfast, because the food really sucks. They used to feed us in the officers' mess, which was supposed to be better than what the inmates got. First time I ever ate there I turned to CO next to me and asked, "What did you guys do to get punished?"
What did the meal consist of?
Breakfast was "scrambled" eggs which were obviously powdered, a piece of fatty bacon, and a slice of white toast. And coffee that was as awful as it comes. Lunch was a "ham" sandwich on white bread, a pickle, and a portion of canned lima beans. None of it was edible, seriously, I've never had food so bad, even when I visited the late SM Charles Powell at his mountain cabin in Greene County, Virginia, and his only running water was in the creek.
The hippy couple on the other side of the mountain always had Charles over a couple times a week for a shower and a hot meal, and I was happy to go along. Chess and beer and canned beans and Vienna sausages are great to a point . . . we were younger fellows then.
So we get there and the showers were great, then dinner was this green spaghetti with a gray sauce, and some whole wheat croutons with natural soy sauce for dipping. It was spinach pasta - with possum sauce! Yes, opossum meat and gravy. I filled up on croutons. And cheap wine, which was better than dinner.
But the possum sauce was at least as appetizing as the prison food.
Sounds like a good way to lose weight. :)
Fun story Denver I really liked it! I have been to prison as a prisoner for a 6 month stretch. The first thing I remember is seeing just huge dudes. It is intimadating! But its all about respect (even when you disagree with the others idea of what respect is). There are alot of unstable people, but if you keep your head down, and not allow disrespect when it comes your way typically you will be alright. I will say i was in a "soft" prison. But after awhile you feel the beginnings of "institutionalized" starting. But it gets to be enjoyable even some days, just playing chess and pinochle all day with really no worries..at least that is my experience. There are many "bad" people in prison, but the vast majority are decent people that just made really bad mistakes, usually cause of drugs. It is fun for movies/TV to sensationalize prison, but most of the time it is overblown. I wish people would see these men/women as normal people first and foremost
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