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  1. 11 Sep '08 00:35
    David Tebb is playing in this tournament:
    http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/crosstable.htm

    He's played Grandmasters in the first two rounds, and even managed to draw the first game!

    I spotted one other RHPer in the crosstable, but he prefers to stay anonymous.

    Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant beat up Nigel Short in round 2. Maybe she could have won the British Championships after all...
  2. 11 Sep '08 00:36
    Did Keti not win because Nigel's mobile went off?

    Strong rumour about this on another site.
  3. 11 Sep '08 00:39 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Did Keti not win because Nigel's mobile went off?

    Strong rumour about this on another site.
    Indeed, a reliable source (The Chess Parrot) says this is the case. Here is the game:

    White: Nigel Short
    Black: Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

  4. 11 Sep '08 00:43
    I wonder who called?

    Perhaps a friend telling him to turn off his mobile.
  5. 11 Sep '08 00:51 / 5 edits
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I wonder who called?

    Perhaps a friend telling him to turn off his mobile.
    Stories about mobile phones going off in unusual circumstances are already circulating. My favourite is one about a team captain who was worried that one of his players hadn't arrived so he went outside to call him to see where he was, only to be told that the said player had just arrived via a different door and the captain's call had cost him the game!

    Keiran Smallbone lost in the last round of the Kidlington Congress last year (? maybe the year before) when his girlfriend called him to see how he was getting on.

    I was the captain of a team where one of my player's opponent's phone went off. He claimed the game but the league secretary decided to award him half a point and his opponent no points!
    http://www.oxfordfusion.com/oca/ViewResult.cfm?LeagueID=41&Display=1040

    And here is a great one from Sean Terry of Oxford City Club from his Disinformator magazine, featuring local legend Kelly Riley (a man who was once arrested for being drunk in charge of a horse):

    An ordinary night at the club. Wantage are playing City 3, and Kelly is on board 2 against Clive Walley. Univ 2 are playing City 2 on the other side of the room.

    Kelly gets up from the table and heads to the door. His mobile phone goes off. Disconcerted, he hops to the other side of the door.

    A moment’s silence; and his phone rings again. In rushes Kelly, to collect the phone… which has been in the coat jacket on his chair all the time.

    The audience collapses.
  6. 11 Sep '08 00:59
    There were three well known cases in Scotland last season.

    One was actually his girlfriend calling to wish him good luck.

    A spectator's mobile went off in the Edinburgh Congress.
    Controllers appeared from everywhere trying to find the player.

    I wonder. Can a player refuse to be awarded the game and carry on
    playing or must he accept the win?
  7. 11 Sep '08 01:05 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34

    I wonder. Can a player refuse to be awarded the game and carry on
    playing or must he accept the win?
    According to the FIDE rules, the arbiter/controller is the person who decides on the outcome of the game. The person whose phone went off will get zero points, but the other player may get zero, half or a full point at the discretion of the arbiter.
  8. 11 Sep '08 01:11
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Did Keti not win because Nigel's mobile went off?

    Strong rumour about this on another site.
    In a tournament I played in a little over a year ago Grandmaster Sam Palatnik lost to a national master because his phone went off. The rule was that if your phone went off, you lose 10 minutes from the clock. And he had 7 left before the call.
  9. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    11 Sep '08 10:32 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    There were three well known cases in Scotland last season.

    One was actually his girlfriend calling to wish him good luck.

    A spectator's mobile went off in the Edinburgh Congress.
    Controllers appeared from everywhere trying to find the player.

    I wonder. Can a player refuse to be awarded the game and carry on
    playing or must he accept the win?
    In Riga Open 2008 there was case when player`s mobile ringed but opponent wanted to play and arbiter agreed to continue game.
  10. 11 Sep '08 15:21
    For your perusal......

    http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/reports/reports_rd2.htm
  11. Standard member JonathanB of London
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    11 Sep '08 15:33
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I wonder who called?
    I suspect a Doris Stokes/Tony Miles combo

    http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com/2008/09/tick-tick-tick-ix.html
  12. 11 Sep '08 21:13
    Originally posted by JonathanB of London
    I suspect a Doris Stokes/Tony Miles combo

    http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.com/2008/09/tick-tick-tick-ix.html
    I wonder if the players will start yanking the batteries out of their phones before their games.
  13. Subscriber no1marauder
    Humble and Kind
    11 Sep '08 22:47
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    In a tournament I played in a little over a year ago Grandmaster Sam Palatnik lost to a national master because his phone went off. The rule was that if your phone went off, you lose 10 minutes from the clock. And he had 7 left before the call.
    Ouch, the rules across the pond are tough. The rule at most of the big tourneys here is:

    35. Cellphones are prohibited in the tournament room. If your cellphone rings in the tournament room during play, you lose 10 minutes or half your remaining time, whichever is less. For a second offense in the same tournament, you forfeit your game.
  14. 11 Sep '08 22:53
    It's not that difficult to turn off a cellphone.Are people so addicted to their little toy they can't do without it for a few hours?
  15. Subscriber no1marauder
    Humble and Kind
    11 Sep '08 23:31
    Originally posted by Katastroof
    It's not that difficult to turn off a cellphone.Are people so addicted to their little toy they can't do without it for a few hours?
    You just forget; you have other things on your mind at a tourney. I always carry my cell with me (that is what it's for) and have sometimes forgot to turn it off during an OTB game (generally though the TD gives a little speech reminding you before you start the clocks). Fortunately, it has never rang on those occasions.