Saturday, May 1, 2010
May Day Parade of Rambling Thoughts.
What follows here are a few observations on things I've seen or been a part of.
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Some chess players have really strange quirks. Sometimes it's unclear whether they're even aware of what they're doing, or if it's an intentional routine to annoy the hell out the opponent or those sitting near by. There's a fairly new member of my club who joined over the winter. My first encounter with this guy was at the start of the club championship. I was not paired against him, but he was sitting next to my opponent and me in the first round. Like many players, he likes to write his move down first and then play it on the board. Don't even get me started on the heated debate of 2006 over the issue of writing one's move down before or after it's been played on the board. I don't really care one way or another. However by the time my game was over I wanted to take the guy's pen and break it.
Every time I saw him he bring up that particular tournament, and if I had to play him he'd offer me a draw early in the game. One game against him I played horrendously. I was getting smashed, he had mate in two and he offers me a draw. I refused the draw and promptly resigned. I'm not sure why he was so obsessed with only wanting draws with me, but I found it really annoying to the point of it being kind of creepy. I got to the point that I asked the tournament director to avoid pairing us if possible.
In the position below he had just played 28. Bh3.