Originally posted by Squelchbelch
One of our players was winning easily on time in the league recently & had his opponent make an illegal move.
It was the last game & everyone was watching & after the illegal move all 4 of us spectators said "that puts you in check" & one of our guys said to the one playing "hit your clock" which he did & the bloke who made the illegal move had to r lternative move & then remember to re-hit the clock. All the while, his time is dwindling.
I agree, I do think your approach is better. In that situation, I'd consider it rude (if not completely against the rules) to reposition my opponent's piece after the illegal move. The only time I'd consider touching an opponent's piece (other than capturing it, of course!) is if I had to "j`adoube" one of his pieces because it was too far off-center of a square - and of course, it would be done on my time.
Also, under USCF rules, if your opponent makes an illegal move in a sudden-death time control and hits his clock, it's often to your advantage to stop both clocks, summon the TD, and claim an illegal move, which will then entitle you to an extra two minutes on your clock. (I believe FIDE Rule 7.4 also does the same thing, regardless of the time control.)
Also, keep in mind that if you immediately restart your opponent's clock after he makes an illegal move, then the clock's move counter (if it has that feature) will no longer be correct, and might need to be adjusted by the arbiter. (The score sheet is the official record of number of moves made, but you could get confused if you only watch the clock's move counter.)
The only thing that distresses me about your story is that the spectators were coaching the players. This is absolutely not allowed by the rules of chess! Of course, the players can talk to each other or to a TD (arbiter) if making a claim or discussing a problem with the game, and under certain conditions an arbiter can point something out to a player, but spectators are NEVER allowed to interact with the players in any way. That means no talking, no face making, no winking or nodding or rolling of the eyes, no pointing - no nothing! The only time a spectator should talk to anyone is, if he sees an example of intentional cheating, he can point it out to an arbiter (but not the players). Maybe chess in England is a lot more casual than here in the states.