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  1. 10 Oct '07 12:00 / 2 edits
    I was playing a friendly with someone from our chess club yesterday and he forgot to press the clock, I immediately told him but asked if he would do the same in a league game or just sit and wait to move (with his opponents clock ticking), he said probably. I am begining to change my mind on this, previoulsy I think that I would have told my opponent (we are talking league matches here), but now I am beginning to think that I would just let his clock run down. Would everyone do this or are there some that would tell their opponents?

    I've only played 2 seasons otb.
  2. Standard member adam warlock
    Baby Gauss
    10 Oct '07 12:01
    Originally posted by stevetodd
    I was playing a friendly with someone from our chess club yesterday and he forgot to press the clock, I immediately told him but asked if he would do the same in a league game and just sit and wait to move (with his opponents clock ticking), he said probably. I am begining to change my mind on this, previoulsy I think that I would have told my opponent (we ...[text shortened]... eryone do this or are there some that would their opponents?

    I've only played 2 seasons otb.
    I always tell.
  3. 10 Oct '07 12:35
    In a regular tournament game, I'll tell them at least once, maybe twice, unless the guy's a jerk. (I know, I'm not ruthless enough.) But a league game is a tougher call, because your teammates are depending on you. It's harder to be a nice guy when your points are going into a team total. I'd probably ask the other guys on your team to see what their opinions are.
  4. 10 Oct '07 12:47
    If I'm playing for a team I'll act in my team's best interests no matter what, even if it means winning in a way that isn't particularly satisfying. So I wouldn't tell in that case. It's my opponents fault if he leaves the clock running: not mine.

    When nothing more is at stake than just having a fun game of chess I'll just wait a few minutes and drop a hint.
  5. 10 Oct '07 13:03
    I wouldn't say anything, but I also would not stall just to run his clock down. The clock is part of the complete game in some OTB. You don't remind your opponent to castle or to move that loose piece. Play your regular game at your regular pace and use the time advantage he gives you in the same way you would use any material or space advantage he gave up to you.
  6. 10 Oct '07 13:11 / 1 edit
    I've been playing OTB chess for 25 years and one thing I've found is that if you can convince your opponent that you are a really nice guy then he won't mind losing to you. If you aggravate him in any way, for example by refusing to shake hands at the start, snorting in derision when he deviates from theory on move 2 or by not telling him when he hasn't pressed his clock then he can become more determined and play well above himself.
  7. 10 Oct '07 13:12
    I rarely play team games so I can't say in that situation. However I usually gesture to the clock. There was one guy who continuously forgot (in a tournament), so after the 4th reminder I just let him run his time down. He got really pissed when he realized he just wasted 15 minutes. We still had a friendly post-mortem however.
  8. 10 Oct '07 13:24
    Originally posted by stevetodd
    I was playing a friendly with someone from our chess club yesterday and he forgot to press the clock, I immediately told him but asked if he would do the same in a league game or just sit and wait to move (with his opponents clock ticking), he said probably. I am begining to change my mind on this, previoulsy I think that I would have told my opponent (we ...[text shortened]... e do this or are there some that would tell their opponents?

    I've only played 2 seasons otb.
    I usually wait till I know what move I want to play is, then I tell them they need to hit their clock.
  9. 10 Oct '07 13:26
    If it were me I would probably say something unless my opponent had been rude to me in some way beforehand.
    I have never played club chess before but tomorrow evening I am going along to a local club for the first ever time, I am a little nervous about it as I do not know any of these time rules etc or how my game will stand up there.
    Hopefully they will be a nice bunch, I cant stand egotistical people, I just want to play chess with decent people both on the board and off.
  10. 10 Oct '07 14:49
    Originally posted by Fat Lady
    I've been playing OTB chess for 25 years and one thing I've found is that if you can convince your opponent that you are a really nice guy then he won't mind losing to you. If you aggravate him in any way, for example by refusing to shake hands at the start, snorting in derision when he deviates from theory on move 2 or by not telling him when he hasn't pressed his clock then he can become more determined and play well above himself.
    That's an interesting point, I know that it would make a difference to me because my serious downfall in my two seasons of otb play so far has been concontration lapses. I have dropped quite a few points from winning (even won) positions due to a serious lapse in concontration. Something like that would focus my mind I'm sure.

    I think I would move normally in a tournament, i.e. not tell him but not sit there doing nothing either, so it would only cost him a small amount of time. I will ask my team mates tonight in the car when I drive us up to our game. I think its correct what someone said about getting direction from the team about team points is valid.
  11. 10 Oct '07 14:50
    Originally posted by Restless Soul
    I usually wait till I know what move I want to play is, then I tell them they need to hit their clock.
    That's a good way of dealing with the situation
  12. 10 Oct '07 15:32
    I've only played 5 club games OTB & told 2 opponents on 2 or 3 times that they've forgotten to hit the clock!
  13. 10 Oct '07 15:42 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Squelchbelch
    I've only played 5 club games OTB & told 2 opponents on 2 or 3 times that they've forgotten to hit the clock!
    When you say club games, do you mean friendlies against fellow club members or games for your club against another club, if so were they friendlies or league/tournament games. I don't think many would not mention this in friendly game.

    On a related subject last year in a league game my opponents mobile rang, I immediately said to him, don't worry about it. It's in the leagues rules that you can claim a win, but I wouldn't want to win in such a way. However after the match the team capt said to me that I should have claimed the win, beacuse at the time we could still have drew or won the match, I actually drew my game and we lost the match 4:2
  14. 10 Oct '07 15:58
    Originally posted by stevetodd
    When you say club games, do you mean friendlies against fellow club members or games for your club against another club, if so were they friendlies or league/tournament games. I don't think many would not mention this in friendly game.

    On a related subject last year in a league game my opponents mobile rang, I immediately said to him, don't worry about ...[text shortened]... we could still have drew or won the match, I actually drew my game and we lost the match 4:2
    Internal Club championship matches.
    They are rated so they are fairly important.
  15. 10 Oct '07 16:09
    Originally posted by Squelchbelch
    Internal Club championship matches.
    They are rated so they are fairly important.
    Yeah I would definately mention it in those circumstances, the only grey area for me is when playing for a team