When I was ultra keen living and breathing chess I always use to
study with the plastic set and board that is used in all tournaments.
These are weapons I will be fighting with - these are the weapons
I will study with.
I actually invested in different boards and different sets for different
clubs and tournaments.
True - that is why I've ended up with so many sets and boards.
You have to get climatised to playing on a new strange set.
I remember hacking and trapping my way to board one in some tournament
and was horried to see I'd be playing on a 'posh set' v IM Mark Orr.
I arrived 15 minutes before the game and played over a few games
on this posh set to get my eye in.
Not an excuse. I was out-played in a Knight ending
It's silly I know, but the important thing is that I thought it was good for me.
Now here is another true story.
Edinburgh Allegro 1980?.
I arrive at the board and see that one of my white pawns has been vandalised.
Some nerd had attacked it with a felt tip pen and given it a blue head.
So I try to swap this pawn with some other boards but nobody will let me.
So I hold up the start of the round whilst I get the controller to get
me another pawn.
A player called George Coutts sitting next to me said;
"Geoff just sac the bloody thing."
So I shrugged my shoulders, put the blue headed pawn on e2,
shoved it to e4 and this happened.
Black was a player called Choudhury.