Originally posted by Paul Leggett
IReading vandervelde's account reminded me that the current chaos that seems to envelop modern amateur tournaments is a relatively new phenomenon, and that things were indeed different once upon a time.
It perhaps comes with years, but I think so too.
As I (probably vaguely) remember, the hall where people played chess was regarded as a sanctuary. "Hush!" was on everyone's lips.
There is a famous anecdote, that an older umpire napped in his chair in the middle of a tournament, and when he woke up and saw a game in zeitnot, he stopped the game, took their clock and said: "No zug games under tournament!"
I saw something similar thing (*but quite reversed) during Belgrade Junior Ch in late 1970's when a famous umpire (*retired national master) shushed people around an ordinary friendly blitz game, coz he thought it was a tournament game.
During Serbian semifinal ch in March this year, the composition of players was diverse. Since I played at the bottom tables, I had to meet local retirees, who were simply delighted by the fact they play with clock and that they note their moves. One of them didn't mind losing only if he made "enough amount" of moves.
The other used hearing aid (which he disconnected during the game /as Petrosian used to do later in his life/ and who liked to comment his game immediatelly after he finished it. He developed a habit to yell since he was deaf and he didn't hear warning since his hearing aid was still disconnected.