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

  • #101

    Wow would you get a nosebleed "because it was humid"?  

    That would suck.

  • #102

    well for some reason I did

  • #103

    Saw 2 guy start beating the snot out of each other. Needed to jump in and break that up. Guess that was not entirely expected.

  • #104

    Wish there were blitz tournaments here that could earn ya $400 :-P

  • #105

    @Shadowknight something likethat.

  • #106
    Abhishek2 wrote:

    Eventually I won my last round and finished with 5/6. I earned almost $400. I was a  then!

    Dollars? it says you're in england?

  • #107
    bronsteinitz wrote:

    I still like to see what happens when a player forgets to push his clock.. Brings out the smaller side of character it seems. My rule is that I tell them after 10 minutes.

    So they move their piece but you decide to cheat them while thinking about your move?  Do you move during this time too, or do you just wait 10 minutes before doing anything?

  • #108

    A 5 Round swiss played about 30 years ago.  A "B" player was doing horrible so after the second round he withdraws from the tournament and leaves the hall. The next day during round 5 he shows up and tells the director after he not only lost his shirt he left his coat.

  • #109

    I withdrew from a tournament once before the last round because I had played that particular tournament like crap and didn't see any possible prize and I was sick...... but then half a week later I got a check in the mail.

    Turns out the prize fund was structured where first place got a large amount, 2nd got something also, and then 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th all got the same exact prize. Very weird.

  • #110

    That is strange. Was it USCF sponsored?

  • #111

    What about when there are a few people tied for each position?

  • #112

    @SmyslovFan It was USCF-rated, I don't know what sponsored means.

    @ClavierCavalier I don't know - I didn't ask too many questions, I just cashed the check.

  • #113

    USCF rated. The USCF handbook has clear guidelines for how prizes are to be distributed. I don't think it's actually against the rules to have equal shares for 3rd through 6th, but it isn't recommended.

  • #114

    when I was on my H.S. team, we travelled to another school to play them. Our opponents board 4 player had the previous week been kicked off the team for fighting. He was replaced by his younger brother.

    So we get there, start the clocks, push some pawns. About 15 minutes into it, the big brother walks in the door and sez "Dad said you can come home now, or stay here forever!" So the younger brother shrugged, tipped his king, signed the score sheet, and left.

  • #115
    piphilologist wrote:
    Abhishek2 wrote:

    Eventually I won my last round and finished with 5/6. I earned almost $400. I was a  then!

    Dollars? it says you're in england?

    I guess that's enough proof that he doesn't come from england - first a recent "thanksgiving tournament", now dollars :P

  • #116

    Piphilologist your post about the blunder from p. 3 of this thread is hilarious!

    This once happened to me as black... I went into the ...Nxe4 trick, immediately realizing that I'm dropping my Bc5 into the bargain. Awful! And to an opponent rated like 1660 when I was rated around 1740, Israeli rating...

    it was tough, but ironically I knew I shouldn't be losing to this player! So I played on, started to run kind of wild, sacrificed another minor piece for inadequate reasons or compensation... and did win the game :-)

  • #117
    piphilologist wrote:
    Abhishek2 wrote:

    Eventually I won my last round and finished with 5/6. I earned almost $400. I was a  then!

    Dollars? it says you're in england?

    lol note that my country is fake.

  • #118
    UltraLaser wrote:
    piphilologist wrote:
    Abhishek2 wrote:

    Eventually I won my last round and finished with 5/6. I earned almost $400. I was a  then!

    Dollars? it says you're in england?

    I guess that's enough proof that he doesn't come from england - first a recent "thanksgiving tournament", now dollars :P

    lol.

  • #119

    So, I play most of my tournaments locally, which means I play more-or-less the same people every time. Since I usually play in the highest section, I pretty much know everyone better than me, down to about 100 pts below me. There was this one tournament were I was doing horribly (final score was 1/2 out of 4, and the draw was very sketchy--I had 3 pawns vs my opponent's 1 pawn and bishop--but my opponent was nervous and didn't want to risk it, and I had 24 and 1/2 points out of the 25 I needed to letter, and it was the last tournament of the year).

    I lost to someone rated 200 points below me in the first round, and then drew against someone rated 250 points below me (I blame the uncomfortable chairs). After the second round, I was stewing in the skittles room and eating lunch. This guy I had never seen before asked me if I wanted to play a game. Since I'd never seen him before, I thought he was rated around 800 (he was a Caucasian high-schooler. What else would he be rated?), so I played without really giving it a lot of thought.

    I used the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (usually I play the Veresov, but I like the BDG for a quick win against weaker players--if worse comes to worse and my tactical fireworks fizzle, I feel confident that they will lose the endgame regardless of being up a few pawns). So 1.d4 d5 2. e4?! and my opponent looks at the "free" pawn, and then takes it without much contemplation of what could be wrong with it. Even most 1000 rated players would check to see if it was a trap (they would probably decide that it wasn't and take the pawn anyway), but this guy just took it without regard of the consequences.

    We played on through the Von Popiel variation, and he surprised me by making a lot of strong book moves (in the BDG, anything not "book" is immediately losing). Then I attacked his queen with another "free" pawn; after he took it (he wasn't supposed to), I nonchalantly played a 4-move tactic while eating my pizza with the other hand. Another day of outwitting those silly beginners. At least I'd get one win that day, even if it wasn't very hard-earned.

    After we shook, the guy gave me this wierd look and asked me what my rating is. "Meh . . . somewhere around 1400," I replied, exaggerating slightly to impress him. "What are you rated?" I asked, trying to figure out how complicated my advice to him should be.

    "1900," He said with a rueful smile.

    Apparently he had just come here from Argentina, which is why I had never seen him before. He was playing in a round robin section (there were only about 4 people rated over 1700), which he later won despite forfeiting the first round because he was late.

     

     But that wasn't the MOST suprising thing to happen to me in a tournament. See post #60 for that.

  • #120

    You and your pizza chess.

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