Originally posted by stevetodd
I would have been interested to know what you thought about this as I am relatively inexperienced in otb games and I get the impression from the forums that you play otb quite a lot. Personally I would have shook his hand and congratulated him as my time ran out, but maybe I am too generous and should make him claim his win? It's just that I wouldn't think ...[text shortened]... the end which I was pleased with, I wouldn't feel pleased if I had won a game in such a way.
I've played a considerable number of otb games in recent years (and watched many more), and I think I can safely say that in the vast majority of cases, a player would not call his own flag fall. I've had my flag fall maybe half a dozen times, and each time my opponent immediately noticed it, so I haven't even had to think about whether to call my own flag fall.
If my opponent didn't notice my flag fall, I'm not sure what I'd do. If I said nothing and continued playing, I'd be perfectly within the rules, and nobody could criticise my behavior. (Sort of like "tough love". Players need to be punished for their failure to manage the clock, so they'll have an incentive to learn clock management.) My decision in this case would probably depend on whether my opponent was a decent guy or a jerk. If you call your own flag fall, you give up the possible half point, but I think you gain some respect from your opponent. Whether that respect is worth a potential half point is up to you to evaluate. In any case, if you call your own flag fall, you're definitely in the extreme minority.