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    The Good Behaviour Thread

    There has been comment on this board (and no doubt in many many chess circles) regarding screwing the pieces in and bangin' 'em down.

    This is what Bobby Fischer had to say on the matter. Tell your children.
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    I get slightly annoyed when someone plays a move, hits the clock, then adjusts the piece in my time.

    Easy to do I guess, I almost did it against Solo last Sunday, the piece was not quite in the center of the square and my impulse was to correct it but I kept my hand to myself.

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    how do you like your knights.

    This is probably not the right thread to discuss this,

    but I don't think it warrants its own thread and Howie won't get many replies anyway but,

    how do you like your knights ?

    I always turn mine in towards the royalty at the start of the game.

    Some people point them forward.

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    aha

    thanks Rincewind !

    I have been facing them inwards since I was a little boy. Not sure if it had much to do with the old descriptive notation or not.

    Anyway - I am hijacking the Gunners thread.

    Damn those people who bang the pieces down !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett
    I have been facing them inwards since I was a little boy. Not sure if it had much to do with the old descriptive notation or not.
    We may not even know why. Perhaps the person who taught us did it because the person who taught them did it, etc, etc.

    A friend of mine faces them both the same sideways direction. Many people face them forward, ready for action. I don't hold knight orientation against anyone.

    However piece banging is unprofessional. I'm told the way I handle the pieces changes depending no the stage of the game. When I'm getting into a winning position I tend to move the pieces more "confidently" however I would be mortified if I discovered I was a banger.

    Blitz is another story and for reasons of speed (I'm not very good at blitz relative to my slow chess) I often get into terrible time trouble, leading to more animated games. In such situations it is not good to be the clock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett
    I have been facing them inwards since I was a little boy. Not sure if it had much to do with the old descriptive notation or not.
    I think that is right. The idea was to keep them facing the same way throughout the game, so KN and QN will always be distinguished.

    I face mine towards the centre, but don't mind if you want to face them inwards.
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    Normally a paragon of etiquette within a playing hall, I found I failed to prevent a disgusted audible snort (my first one ever!) on the weekend while observing a game on the second board. I required myself to leave the playing hall immediately, lest I did something naughty.

    One of Queensland's up and coming juniors (watched by his father) was dead lost (K v KBPP) and had a right strop on! His face was wracked with petulance - no doubt with disappointment at his own play as well as possibly a junior version of "why must I lose to this idiot?". This 'talent' made his opponent play the game out to mate - and no, this lad is not new to the game and would know better. In fact, I'm sure I can invoke visions of his complaints had the same been done to him.

    However, that is not the gripe. This petulant brat was barely placing his pieces on the square. Slumped back in his chair, making no effort to reach forward, he managed to misplace his king every move requiring his opponent to adjust - the king on every occasion was cut across a line. Clearly he didn't care and most likely so because his behaviour is tolerated by his parents and coach.

    And so this went on for 15 moves - forcing the game out to mate (I am told).

    Parents. If you are reading this thread, please take time to de-brat your children!

    Footnote: There is little prospect of parental salvation in this particular instance as the parent himself was disciplined for holding a full strength conversation aside of board one in round one (which I enjoyed immensely - the disciplining, not the conversation ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    ... I failed to prevent an audible snort ...
    I have a sneezing problem on occasions. They're not the sort of sneezes you can predict either, so perhaps they're a cross between a sneeze and a snort. Very disconcerting because they are very, VERY LOUD. One caught me off guard in a meeting at my son's school the other night. About 250 people in the auditorium, someone speaking from the stage, sitting next to my 15-year-old son, when all of a sudden:

    AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH-HEHHHHHH!!!!!

    I swear every face in the room turned towards me, all 250 of them. Son was mortified. DAD!!! I started laughing uncontrollably, which only embarrassed him even more.

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    backwards facing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett
    This is probably not the right thread to discuss this,

    but I don't think it warrants its own thread and Howie won't get many replies anyway but,

    how do you like your knights ?

    I always turn mine in towards the royalty at the start of the game.

    Some people point them forward.
    I recall in NZ that a young Michael Freeman (past NZ corres chess champion and a Corres Master) always pointed his knights backwards! Psychological I guess - makes people think they are just for defending. Of course, It would not stop him as White playing a move like Nd6! or Ne6!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett
    thanks Rincewind !

    I have been facing them inwards since I was a little boy. Not sure if it had much to do with the old descriptive notation or not.

    Anyway - I am hijacking the Gunners thread.

    Damn those people who bang the pieces down !
    My knights are always facing the enemy king!

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    Some coaches teach juniors to never resign.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    Talking

    ^^

    Chess coaches should teach some chess etiquette in their lessons, such as: "Pack up the pieces when you are finished and not leave them lying all over the floor!" (In my experience, many juniors [and adults] are sadly lacking in this ability).
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    What can we expect from juniors if some strong adult competitors also play till mate?

    I still remember playing IM Solomon in Elwood Open about 10 years ago..I was queen, rook and a couple of pieces up..but he was playing on.

    The good thing is..spectators were greatly entertained
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron
    What can we expect from juniors if some strong adult competitors also play till mate?

    I still remember playing IM Solomon in Elwood Open about 10 years ago..I was queen, rook and a couple of pieces up..but he was playing on.

    The good thing is..spectators were greatly entertained
    when an opponent refuses to resign i like to take everything untill they have a lone king, give it only 2 possible sqaures to move to and make as many queens as possible... I have never hand anyone who plays on till mate using this method

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