Crash Course on How to Disturb Your Opponent When You're Losing

Aug 3, 2012, 5:30 AM |

If you think you have known all those ways of how to disturb and distract your chess opponent, read this: you will be amazed at how some people may be imaginative and what they may come up with.

Here's what a desperate loser can do (as described by his opponent in a book later on):

“In the course of the entire game, and especially after he realized he was going to lose it, GM ??? behaved very uncivilized, and tried various tricks to get me out of composure.”

“Our masters, brought up in the Soviet tradition of impeccable sports ethics, may read these lines with a great suprise.”

“The arsenal of techniques GM ??? employed was primitive and unrefined. He copied with “photo-precision” all my postures, my moves and body language, skillfully imitating a mirror.”

“While I was pondering my next move, he groaned and sniffed needlessly. He pulled, as if by chance, a tethered pencil secured to the holder via a rubber band, making with it fanciful curves in the air, right in front of my face. He turned the chair around, sitting with his back to me, sighing heavily and pretending he was going to fall asleep.”

“And I can’t even remember what else!”

“Such was the moral character of one of the most prominent Grandmasters.”

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If you want to see the game and make your guess who this Grand Distractor may have been, go to: