62 ( +1 | -1 ) Tournament AdventuresI'd like to hear from anyone with an interesting or amusing tournament experience that they have had. Or heard about. Just a short example, from one where I was TD. I used to host a monthly 40/1 Tornado Tournament. One Saturday during the event, out came Real Tornado Warnings. We ended up moving to the basement and playing part of the tournament by candlelight, when the lights went out. Found out I'm pretty good at Candlelight Chess that day. In the end, we didn't get hit by that Tornado, but the NEXT one almost did, "jumping" over my house to hit a few blocks away on each side. There was no tmt that day. [8-) PS. I've moved !
55 ( +1 | -1 ) Relevant??? Not sure but good fun anyway!I recall David Norwood in an end of tournament lecture recounting how, at an event he once played played in, a Russian GM (he never did name him) known for his lunchtime drinking came to the board rather late and worse for wear.
He was playing the black pieces and his opponent had already played 1.d4. He replied 1...Nf6 as he sat down at the board and White followed with 2.c4. The move 2...e6 was flashed back instantly and then , in response to White's 3.Nc3 he (intending to pick up the bishop) played Kb4!!!!!!!
White even more quickly snapped back with Qh4# and that, as they say, was that :-)
51 ( +1 | -1 ) In a junior tournamentThere was a move made with the king the that put the monarch in check. Niether of the players noiticed this because it was time trouble. Several moves were made with the king under direct threat, but this wasn't noticed until the white player (who was a piece short by the wasy, but finally won the game) decided to check and realized that the Black king was alredy under threat. The TD was called, the position was reconstructed and the game was played in a normal fashion.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) that reminds me of another...illegal move I once saw in a tournament. Well, it was in a blitz tournament which was held after a long day of slow chess, so I guess it is somewhat understandable. An 1800 player was playing against a 1500 player and the 1800 player captured his own piece. I think it was a rook if I remember right.