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there is nothing illegal (i.e. in the USCF or FIDE rulebooks) about pre-arranged draws, so the TD was wrong to proceed down that path. Unethical, you can make a good argument for in some situations, but not illegal. ...
While some may be unconvinced, FIDE Article 12.1: "The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute," and Article 12.6: "It is forbidden to ... annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes ... unreasonable offers of a draw ..." could be understood as rendering collusion illegal. In the latter case, though the opponent would not be annoyed, the tournament director could be. And if a TD can deny any person entry into an event on any basis, can he/she not also eject a competitor from an event on any basis?
12.6 clearly does not apply, since neither player was annoyed.
12.1 is extremely vague, I guess it could be read as banning anything you happen not to like.
Being able to deny entry for any reason is not the same that being able to eject a player for any reason, specially if an EF has been paid and not refunded. And it definitely doesn't mean a TD can force a player to forfeit a game for any reason...
Nothing surprising has happened at any otb tourney I've ever been to, but I enjoy reading about this kind of stuff so keep it coming.
I'm going to an otb tourney in March so maybe I'll have a story of my own to share, but you never know.
My club is very strict about not talking while games are in progress. One night, the guy who makes the coffee had a late start. About ten minutes into the tournament, he announced that the coffee was ready. Six players immediately yelled "SHHHH!" The look on his face was priceless, he was so stunned. Then everyone laughed, got some coffee, and continued their games.
Here's a little tale with the moral being... know when to keep my mouth shut.
About 16 years ago our small local club hosted a weekend tournament. Only 20 or so in attendance and all were familiar with one another. The TD was a friend of mine. The other key characters I will call Frog and Toad for the sake of anonymity.
Going into the last round, Frog & Toad see they are paired together. Being close friends they say in the presence of myself & others that they will quickly agree to a draw and proceed to the nearest exotic dancing girl bar. (I'm paraphrasing for PG purposes here).
Well, pre-arranged draws are one thing but this was pretty blatant. So, I told my TD friend. He then confronted Frog about it and to say the least; harsh words led to the TD chasing Frog into the parking lot. We onlookers thought for a moment they might come to blows. Frog & Toad both got a foreit which was backed up by the USCF despite their(mostly Frog's) protest.
Flash forward a few months. Now Frog is hosting a tourney and denies my TD friend entry based on the rule that the TD has the right to deny entry to anyone he chooses.
Talk about "bad blood"! To this day these guys still hold a grudge.
And all because I opened my well intentioned big mouth. I wish I could take it back now because it caused more trouble than it was worth.
Opinions? What would you have done?
I agree: never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.
What exactly were your intentions? What did you intend to accomplish?
surprising incident. earthquake!
Well..once in a national tournament I blundered a piece on move 8. However, somehow he managed to LOSE that game to fall to a mate attack.
Fischer was at a tnmt (in South America I think) interupted by an earthquake in the middle of a rd. Just about everyone else fled the tnmt hall but not Bobby, who remained seated at his bd concentrating on the game. His opponent then requested the TD re-start Bobby's clock, which he did.
Finally! Got one.
In my recent Thanksgiving tournament, players of all ages, even puny ones,were in it. I was in the Open Section playing my last round. In the middle we all (a small cozy room) heard someone SINGING AN OPERA (or just screechy notes). There was a big crowd so despite trying to catch the singer, it was hard. Believe me, it was hilarious. Eventually the singing came closer and I eventually found out "the singer".
In another tournament there was this person, who dozed off during the tournament. His snoring was loud,and everyone in the room was laughing...even his opponent. Eventually after sleeping for 15 min he was "energized" but still drew.
England celebrates Thanksgiving ?
Not really Thanksgiving, just around that time.
Sorry, but this just seems totally non-believable :P
my opponents clock stopped during a game...he didnt wind both sides...
would that really give him an advantage?weired eh?
some people?then theres me!are you normal:)
@JMB2010 You're supposed to lose the post-mortem
@Shadowknight not a player, just a lady with music on her lap.
in a otb blitz tourney I lost the queen... I played on very dishearted. Later on I checked his king and he didn't see it and as the rule goes I took his king and yelled "YES!!" in sheer joy. My opponent was so surprised he fell off his chair.
I apologized immediately but explained I had totally written the game off and just don't know where this outburst came from. I know where it came from tho but I won't share that.
Once in a tournament in June I was playing the guy 100 points above me. Well I was under pressure and had to make time control. So coincidentally, because it was humid I got a NOSEBLEED! So I RAN to the bathroom and got a towel, I barely had any time. And I spilled some blood on my notating book! My opponent tried to suppress his smile. Well the good news is he wasn't smiling for long, for I found a way to beat him.
Eventually I won my last round and finished with 5/6. I earned almost $400. I was a then!