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What is the most SURPRISING incident happen with you while playing OTB tourney?


  • 13 months ago · Quote · #261

    varelse1

    dashkee94 wrote:

    YY yes I am--they were nothing alike.  

    On a personal level, I once lost a game in a club tournament by playing the move checkmate.  It was a rapid transit tournament, and I simply didn't wait for the buzzer and moved immediately, an automatic loss--no matter what the move!

    Those can get confusing. I played in one once. Too easy for players to cheat in those.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #262

    varelse1

    I was at a tournament, my friend from my club showed up. He said he was worried about his car, Because he parked it on the street. where there was 2 hour maximum parking. He was afraid they might tow it.

    So I said there's a parking lot not too far away, I could show him where it is. So he said okay, and we walked out of the hotel and started walking.

    And talking.

    And walking. And talking.

    And walking. And talking.

    After several blocks, about 15 minutes later, he gets mad and says "How far is this parking lot??"

    I said "What are you talking about?? I thought we were walking to your car! I'm following you!!"

    And he said "I'm following you!"

    Here we were crossing streets, turning corners, and neither one of us was leading.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #264

    TetsuoShima

    lol

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #265

    shoopi

    Heh, that's funny.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #267

    varelse1

    I bet it feels presumptuous to tell a GM and former US Champion how to play chess.Tongue Out

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #268

    FirebrandX

    varelse1 wrote:

    I bet it feels presumptuous to tell a GM and former US Champion how to play chess.

    Maybe he was attempting a swindle. If the opponent doesn't catch it, you didn't do it. :-P

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #269

    varelse1

    FirebrandX wrote:
    varelse1 wrote:

    I bet it feels presumptuous to tell a GM and former US Champion how to play chess.

    Maybe he was attempting a swindle. If the opponent doesn't catch it, you didn't do it. :-P

    Very true. Polgar didn't call Kasparov a cheat, when he did it. Did she?

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #271

    Zenchess

    I played a tournament in manhattan, my opponent moved a piece, let go of it, paused for about 5 seconds, realized it was a blunder that dropped a piece, and then said "jadoube" and moved it back.  

      I argued with him about it but he didn't want to admit that he cheated.  I also didn't have any proof so I just let it slide.  Eventually I got outplayed, and would have lost the game, but then he offered me a draw.  

      He then said "Are we even?"  And I thought to myself:  sure, jerk...

    :)

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #272

    UltraLaser

    Zenchess wrote:

    I played a tournament in manhattan, my opponent moved a piece, let go of it, paused for about 5 seconds, realized it was a blunder that dropped a piece, and then said "jadoube" and moved it back.  

      I argued with him about it but he didn't want to admit that he cheated.  I also didn't have any proof so I just let it slide.  Eventually I got outplayed, and would have lost the game, but then he offered me a draw.  

      He then said "Are we even?"  And I thought to myself:  sure, jerk...

    :)

    I saw something similar to that in another match, where this guy moved a piece to a square, paused for about 3 seconds and then said "adjust" and moved it back (without taking his hand off it). I think this is still cheating, but nobody could prove that he did it - he lost the game anyway :)

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #273

    FirebrandX

    UltraLaser wrote:
    Zenchess wrote:

    I played a tournament in manhattan, my opponent moved a piece, let go of it, paused for about 5 seconds, realized it was a blunder that dropped a piece, and then said "jadoube" and moved it back.  

      I argued with him about it but he didn't want to admit that he cheated.  I also didn't have any proof so I just let it slide.  Eventually I got outplayed, and would have lost the game, but then he offered me a draw.  

      He then said "Are we even?"  And I thought to myself:  sure, jerk...

    :)

    I saw something similar to that in another match, where this guy moved a piece to a square, paused for about 3 seconds and then said "adjust" and moved it back (without taking his hand off it). I think this is still cheating, but nobody could prove that he did it - he lost the game anyway :)

    I wouldn't allow people to do that to me in a tournament. I'd signal the TD and explain the situation. If the person denies it, then they are lying in addition to breaking the rules. It would be on record with the TD even if no ruling was made, thus, the next time a complaint is made, they will not be able to lie about it successfully.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #274

    Samsch

    hoynck wrote:

    We were asked to leave the tournament room and the beachhouse burned to the ground. All games (blitz) were declared a draw. Last round. Noordwijk 1977.

    Wow.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #275

    11qq11

    Zenchess wrote:

    I played a tournament in manhattan, my opponent moved a piece, let go of it, paused for about 5 seconds, realized it was a blunder that dropped a piece, and then said "jadoube" and moved it back.  

      I argued with him about it but he didn't want to admit that he cheated.  I also didn't have any proof so I just let it slide.  Eventually I got outplayed, and would have lost the game, but then he offered me a draw.  

      He then said "Are we even?"  And I thought to myself:  sure, jerk...

    :)

    I had a similar experience.  I was playing someone in a very small tournament run by a high schooler.  My opponent, a nice middle aged man eventually blundered a piece.  With a very friendly tone, he said something along the lines to, "That's not a good way to end a game.  Can I take that back?" As I was 10 years old, I didn't have enough sense to disagree so he took it back and eventually outplayed me.  When it was mate in 1, he offered a draw.  

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #276

    mvtjc

    UltraLaser wrote:
    Zenchess wrote:

    I played a tournament in manhattan, my opponent moved a piece, let go of it, paused for about 5 seconds, realized it was a blunder that dropped a piece, and then said "jadoube" and moved it back.  

      I argued with him about it but he didn't want to admit that he cheated.  I also didn't have any proof so I just let it slide.  Eventually I got outplayed, and would have lost the game, but then he offered me a draw.  

      He then said "Are we even?"  And I thought to myself:  sure, jerk...

    :)

    I saw something similar to that in another match, where this guy moved a piece to a square, paused for about 3 seconds and then said "adjust" and moved it back (without taking his hand off it). I think this is still cheating, but nobody could prove that he did it - he lost the game anyway :)

    I thought as long as he is not removing his touch he can still change where it goes?

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #277

    Zenchess

    He let go of the piece, and then moved an entirely different piece :)

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #278

    blueemu

    mvtjc wrote:
    UltraLaser wrote:

    I saw something similar to that in another match, where this guy moved a piece to a square, paused for about 3 seconds and then said "adjust" and moved it back (without taking his hand off it). I think this is still cheating, but nobody could prove that he did it - he lost the game anyway :)

    I thought as long as he is not removing his touch he can still change where it goes?

    Yes, he can move it to a different square as long as he didn't let go of it... but since he didn't say "adjust" or "j'adoube" BEFORE touching the pice, he still has to move that particular piece.

    If the move that he started to make (without taking his hand off the piece) was a capture... in other words, if he has touched both his own piece and also one of yours... then he MUST make that capture, regardless of the fact that he didn't let go of his own piece.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #279

    EricFleet

    Strangest thing to happen in an OTB tournament? I actually won a game.

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #280

    BetweenTheWheels

    I'll start off by saying this was not my proudest moment and I'm not terribly proud of it. This was the last round of an OTB tournament in North Carolina. If I won this game I would win my section. Except that I am getting trounced. I have my opponent's queen, but in return he has 3 minor pieces and a rook. This will not end well.

    Then I look over at the clock, and realize he's running very short of time. It's 40/2 then G/60, and he's only made 39 moves and his flag is about to drop. He's really scrutinizng the position and searching for the perfect move; he seems oblivious to his clock situation. I watch his flag fall, then call it. He says, "I've made 40 moves though." I show him my scoresheet, whcih very clearly shows he has only made 39 moves. He shows me his scoresheet, which is a complete mess: chickenscratch writing, scratchouts everywhere, and he's using descriptive notation to boot. We stop the clock and get the TD. He plays through each of our scoresheets, and upholds my claim. My opponent is burning holes through my forehead. I can tell he wants to say, "So you wanted the win that badly?" Yes. Yes I did.

    I can't say I feel great about winning this way, especially in a game that I was supposed to lose. But then, managing your clock is part of the game. Managing your scoresheet so that it's readable is also part of the game.


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