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

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #61


    Nate 23

    I think it is 39  years too late to sue for a masters title and besides I no longer have proof.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #62


    Tell chess.com staff, they might count you as one and give you a premium membership.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #63


    The chances of that are slim and none, I think but thanks much for the suggestion!  I do not even get a premium membership for having won the finals of the United States Correspondence Chess Championship.

    But sincerely thank you for suggestions.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #64


    What I mean is this: chess.com awards premium memberships to masters. They even give them to those who haven't purchased the master title. Maybe if you tell them what happened and that you should be a master, they would give you one. Also, why don't you play in another tournament? If you lose, you just lose a few bucks, if you win, you become a master!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #66


    i think he means in some cases (maybe fide titles only) you have to pay a small ammount for the certificate and stuff or w/e

    I vaguely remember hearing this once before 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #68


    Back 39 years ago i realized that my over the board USCF chess was not near as good as my correspondence chess and even though I could have been a master [per my last performance streak of one loss and 2 draws and 13 wins vs opposition which included one gm and a couple of high masters and a couple of ordinary masters]

    I just did not covet the USCF master title as I was going for higher things. Winning a national title where the preliminary rounds consisted of experts and masters and you had to place first in the prelim to even make the finals and then to win the finals is [to me] a lot higher than a uscf master.

    but in any event -now I am not the player I once was, I have brain damage to specific areas of my brain and this includes spatial and I have other severe health problems and would not even be able to get to a chess tournament. I do not mind at all not getting a free membership and do not mind not ever getting the uscf master title there is no room in life to really hold on to a grudge . sure I was mad at that tournament director for a few days but then I got over it. 



    Of course I did not realize 39 years ago about chess.com and whatever their rules are.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #69


    In the early 70s I played in the English lighting chess championship played over a week end with the team event on Friday and Saturday and the individual event on Sunday. When we arrived we met a friend of one of my teammates who was a quiet, very scruffy, beatnik style guy sleeping in a van.  During the team event this guy played Jana Hartston and had to warn her twice about moving after the buzzer (in lightning chess a buzzer sounds each 10 secs and each player must move at once so as not to eat into the opponent's time). Anyway she kept being slow and eventually this guy claimed and was awarded the game as a result.

    So now it is Sunday and I am playing, with no distinction, in the individual. I passed scruffy and asked how he had done, "Oh, I won." Next round, same thing. And again. So now he is playing up near the top. And keeps winning. Comes the second last round and he is playing Bill Hartston one of England's top players at the time and (then) husband of Jana.  By now I (and quite a lot of others) was much more interested in the exploits of scruffy than in my own game and as soon as I finish I hurry over to join the crowd watching scruf -v- Bill Hartston.  The position is sterile and soon enough scruffy is offering a draw. Which offer Hartston, looking very smart in suit, collar and tie, treats with a measure of contempt. This is his chance to avenge his wife and besides, this unknown scruffy patzer will soon enough blunder.  But he didn't and after a tough fight it was Hartston who cracked.

    So now it is the last round and scruffy needs a win to take first prize, his opponent will at least share first with a draw. Now there was a great deal of rivalry at the top of English chess at this time, a financier Slater was pumping money in and Hartston and Keene had been in hot competition (until pipped by Tony Miles) to win a prize for the first english person to become a GM. So scruffy's opponent is quite tickled at the idea of scruffy finishing ahead of Hartstone in this event.  He played for a while, achieved what looked to me like a clear advantage but then offered a draw which scruffy was very pleased to take finishing second in the event as a result.

    Jana left Bill Hartston some time after this altho', of course, her smartly dressed husband's failure to crush the untidy patzer who would not tolerate her rule infringements can have had nothing at all to do with that!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #70


    These are all wonderful!!!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #71


    Weelll. As the lad was crying.

    I ... think ... she ... did right.

    Yes, she did right.

    A nice girl. She's going to make some other lad (or this one, who knows) very happy one day.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #72


    This wasnt during a game, but rather the first round of each tourney-

    In the pacific coast open from 2010-2012, on the first round of each of them, i received a full point bye every time. 3 YEARS IN A ROW?!?!?!?!?!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #73


    In one game I played against a weak opponent, he moved a pinned piece. Instead of  showing him that the move was illegal, I captured his king. Then we reset the pieces and replayed from before his illegal move. This happened thrice in two games.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #74


    One tournament I played in was a national middle school competition and there were about 500-600 kids playing our 1st round in a giant room. About 45 minutes into the game (time incrament was 2-hours each) the microphone on the podium short circuts and sends an explosion of noise that echoes around the room. What seemed like every other person in the room screamed out and jumped up with a start which caused many games to be knocked about and an entire table almost flipped over. Luckily for me, I had been in a deep think so I wasn't startled like many of the other people and I got to enjoy watching the ensuing chaos. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #75


    UltraLaser wrote:

    One very funny moment in an otb tournament was at a junior tourn, with ages ranging from 6-12. I remember the room was completely silent while people were playing, then suddenly someone shouted "HAHAHAHAHA CHECKMATE I WIN!!!!" breaking the dead silence, then the next thing, his opponent shouted back "WHAT NO IT ISN'T I AM WINNING!!!". Everybody in the room then burst out laughing, and when an arbiter went over to their board, they both started crying because everyone was looking towards them and laughing. It turned out that they were both 8-year-olds and that it was checkmate :) I don't think the room became silent again until after the round had finished!

    Chess Palace this year?! I was there!!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #76


    Well, when i was playing recently, this dog came running through the venue. Then it proceeded to run into multiple boards and knock all the pieces onto the ground. :/ Wasn't a good day :(

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #77


    The dogs owner was probably losing :)

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #78


    Shadowknight911 wrote:

    well that could easily happen if you played up a section or two sections all the time.

    Here is this rating and section for each:


       12 | SPENCER TOY                    |3.5  |B    |L   6|D   7|L  24|W  23|W  20|
       CA | 14256286 / R: 1565   ->1576    |N:3  |     |     |     |     |     |     |


     3 | SPENCER TOY                    |4.5  |B   0|W  13|D  10|W   7|L   1|W   8|
       CA | 14256286 / R: 1381   ->1485    |N:3  |     |     |     |     |     |     |


     4 | SPENCER TOY                    |4.5  |B   0|W  36|D  16|W  23|D   3|D  10|
       CA | 14256286 / R:  902P22->1186    |N:4  |     |     |     |     |     |     |


    the first one is the one where i played up. i had the 902 rating, and never lost.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #79


    why did you all delete your comments? Frown

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #80


    it was staff, i have no idea why they did.

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