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The "playing area" includes not just the playing hall, but the immediate areas outside the hall like the book shop, bathroom, pairing sheet room, etc. No one is chained to their chair while their game is in progress.
That's right, so if the tournament director is doing their job, nobody is leaving that area. And no one from outside should be bringing electronic devices into that area. Simple really.
I really object to the blanket use of the term "electronic devices." I have a foot odor problem, and I use an electronic device in one of my shoes to control it. This should be allowed.
Use a spray instead for the duration of the tournament, and wear double layered socks. Allow one electronic device, you allow them all.
Yeah. I have a foot odor problem too but it's only in one foot you see. So I too have to have an electronic foot odor controlling device but in one shoe only. It causes me to limp kind of odd. I should be allowed to have that with me. It's called the Dr. Scholldini.
You're being just as unreasonable as that damned Bulgarian chess federation. I tell ya, I get no respect. No respect at all.
TDs generally aren't walking around the bookstore making sure no funny business is going on.
Bad TDs then. Like I said before, if I was running that tournament in Spain that Ivanov was in, he would have been caught red-handed.
One solution is to not include the bookstore as part of the playing area. Rope it off to the tournament players.
The only place players with active games should be allowed to be is in the immediate playing hall or the bathroom. Why on earth would they be in the bookstore while their game is in progress? If they are going to enforce this at the world open, then I can understand why they stated no electronic devices in the bathrooms since thats the only place you can come into contact with a player who has an active game.
P.S. I'm also assuming that they are referring to the bathroom that is designated to the players who are playing and not the entirety of the hotel, so why are people complaining about not being able to have their phone in the bathroom? I'm sure the hotel has more than one bathroom.
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