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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    "Good luck!" and other pregame chatter

    Before you start a tournament game, what do you say to your opponent, if anything? Does it vary by opponent?

    I usually just say "good luck" ... which is ironic given that I have an incredibly large proportion of "lucky" wins and relatively few "unlucky" losses.
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    One day I noticed Norm Greenwood say, "best wishes". At first I copied him. Then I just decided on, "all the best" - and that's what I say without fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    One day I noticed Norm Greenwood say, "best wishes". At first I copied him. Then I just decided on, "all the best" - and that's what I say without fail.

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    Friendly greetings before the game, fine - after the game, great - but during the game ??!
    I was coordinating results from the Rooty Hill Open on Monday night so I could go home and update the web page, when I came across two (inexperienced) players doing an analysis. I asked who won and they said, "Oh, we're still playing."
    Now that's friendly!
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    I usually say "good luck" and offer to shake hands.

    Someone needs to teach juniors how to shake hands. Seems to be a dying art. Understandable for primary school juniors but all teenagers and above should be able to do a half-decent handshake.
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    I say 'enjoy the game' and then shake hands. I think that is the most appropriate thing to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    I usually say "good luck" and offer to shake hands.

    Someone needs to teach juniors how to shake hands. Seems to be a dying art. Understandable for primary school juniors but all teenagers and above should be able to do a half-decent handshake.
    I think it is very nice when a sweet little thing puts her hand out - just gentle is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    I say 'enjoy the game' and then shake hands. I think that is the most appropriate thing to say.
    I like that, might start using it myself. "Lady Luck" is such a temperamental mistress.
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    I try to make sure I introduce myself if I don't know my opponent, partly to be friendly and partly to be sure we spell each other's names correctly. When it's time to start, I shake hands and either say nothing, or say something like "have a good game".

    I try to avoid saying "good luck", because that's exactly what I don't want them to have (during the game, that is). (But I'm sure I've said it on occasion).

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    Alot of people who say "Good Game" before the match has started and when you offer to shake hands the barely accept the offer and shake incredibly lightly that you can barely feel it. I have only played in one tournament and about 5 of the 11 people said "Good Game"

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    I yell "DIE!!! YOU SCUMSUCKING FREAK FROM HELL."
    And if they don't flinch, I show them a photo of their children going home from school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    I usually say "good luck" and offer to shake hands.

    Someone needs to teach juniors how to shake hands. Seems to be a dying art. Understandable for primary school juniors but all teenagers and above should be able to do a half-decent handshake.
    I think i say "good luck" and i always offer to shake hands. RW I agree with you! One of my pet hates is the pee weak handshakes that some older juniors and some adults make. I feel like grabbing their arm and saying "this is how you shake hands" .....
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    pee weak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the chess nut
    One of my pet hates is the pee weak handshakes that some older juniors and some adults make. I feel like grabbing their arm and saying "this is how you shake hands" .....

    YES YES YES. What is wrong with these people?

    To shake hands:

    1. Firm without crush.
    2. Eye contact without phycho.
    3. Warmth without softness.

    Why do people give you something like a wet flipper in the dark? It should be grounds for a warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mischa
    pee weak?
    = piss weak.

    No, it isn't a 7 day bender

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    Chessnut,do you come from the Latham school of handshaking?

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