Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Funny

This may be one of those "You had to be there" moments, but I found it very funny at the time. Monday night at the club I played one of the kids in the last round. Neither of us had a set out, so we used one of the club's sets that someone else had put out. Our club's sets are what I refer to as a mutt set. The pieces have come from a number of different sets, so the white pieces in particular tend to be 3 or 4 different shades of white. Mutt sets kind of annoy me. I like all the pieces to be the same color of white.

After a pawn trade early in the game I noticed that one of the black pawns was from those weighted plastic sets with the fat pawns. I said "j'adoube" and replaced it with the normal sized black pawn that had been captured. Several moves later I'm staring at the board and notice that my e pawn is smaller then all the other pawns. Again I say "j'adoube" and replace the little pawn with a normal sized pawn. I put it down next to the fat black pawn that I had replaced earlier. My opponent looks at the two pawns standing side by side, and says with the straightest face, "I'm down by half a pawn." I had to do everything I could not to burst out laughing. It was the way he said it, that just had me cracking up.

I guess you had to be there, but here's a picture of the pawns next to normal sized pawns.

Half pawn, pawn, pawn, fat pawn.

8 comments:

Rolling Pawns said...

I loved that "I'm down by half a pawn". All these computers will never be able to estimate that position correctly.

Polly said...

:-)

wang said...

LOL.

Thanks, for what its worth I actually did laugh out loud.

chesstiger said...

Hmmmmmm, maybe he was cheating and it was his fritz 11 talking. :-)

I hope you won that game being up half a pawn!

m.aoufa said...

LOL

Blue Devil Knight said...

LOL

Polly said...

Actually it ended out a draw. Those pawns were the only ones traded and we ended out in and ending of 7 pawns and rook versus 7 pawns and rook. It was pretty locked up. I had 3 minutes and he had 4 minutes. I had offered a draw a few moves earlier, which he declined. Then he offered back when his big time edge vanished. Even up 1/2 pawn in a rook and pawn ending isn't enough. :-)

likesforests said...

That was funny. :)