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LarryN

Chess rating: 1730





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United States
Give chess goodie
Mon Feb 8 2016 3:01AM | MsgID: 18834478


At a chess tournament silence is golden. As said above food at the table is a no no. I have seen bottled water at the table being OK. You can get up and stretch any time you like. When the game is over and you want to talk to your opponent or other people about it leave the room the games are being played in. I have found that it is best for me to relax between rounds. If I have traveled and have a room in the hotel the tournament is at I will go back to my room and rest. I take a nap or watch a little TV. If I am playing a tournament that is local I find a comfortable chair between rounds and I vegetate. Keep yourself hydrated......but not with alcohol.

Enjoy the experience.







R_De_Siota

Chess rating: 1263



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United States
Give chess goodie
Wed Feb 3 2016 9:54PM | MsgID: 18825690


You're welcome! OTB games have the effects of psychological warfare in action. Body language and facial expression can do wonders. Look perplexed while shifting the game to a clearer direction for you. Look worried at b5 when you wished he'd put the Bishop there. Subtle is better. Info helps. You might play the guy who was reading Anti-Sicilian literature. Or sport some yourself to shy him off something. Remember he is doing it to you. The fellow talking to the plant is not necessarily mad. Cheers!







ockendon

Chess rating: 1777
LCF 109 Fide approx. 1795






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England
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Wed Feb 3 2016 5:36PM | MsgID: 18825052


Thanks for the comprehensive explanation!

I think you're right, I should give it a try.







R_De_Siota

Chess rating: 1263



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United States
Give chess goodie
Wed Feb 3 2016 4:33PM | MsgID: 18824917


I've never been to an ECF sponsored event, but I'm sure it's like a USCF event. You will have a great time! I've never been to an event that permits food at the table. Understandable. Imagine trying to concentrate while your opponent is munching crisps. Drinks vary; some say it's ok, some don't. Pace yourself. Playing goes by quickly. It's the time between games that is critical. Don't waste time regretting what you did in the last game or worrying what you will do in the next one. Read a book, listen to music, take a walk, think about... whatever you think about when you're not thinking about chess. Socializing can be interesting! You will overhear some great stories, laugh at clever jokes, be amazed at the abilities of some of the younger players... A bit like a London Social, except with strangers. Good luck and good chess!







Taotaomonas

Chess rating: 1699





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Australia
Give chess goodie
Tue Feb 2 2016 11:09PM | MsgID: 18823560


Originally posted by: "ockendon"
...I'm sure that lots of members on here have been to such tournaments...




Do you want her email or phone number??😊







ockendon

Chess rating: 1777
LCF 109 Fide approx. 1795






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England
Give chess goodie
Tue Feb 2 2016 10:52PM | edited: 10:54:59 | MsgID: 18823539


A friend at the chess club I joined last year has suggested I try out an ECF-approved weekend chess tournament that's coming up.

This would be another new experience for me. I'm sure that lots of members on here have been to such tournaments - so what are they actually like? I love the game of chess - but to me this seems like an awful lot of chess in one weekend! It starts at something like 9.30 in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, and goes on until late at night on the Friday and Saturday.

How formal are these tournaments? Are you allowed drinks/chocolate at the tables? Are you allowed to 'stretch your legs' during the games? Is there a chance between rounds for a wind-down and a chat with like-minded people?

I'm genuinely interested in your opinions, because it's probably something I'd like to try; but I'm hoping it would be a bit of fun too, and not just deadly serious and silent for the whole weekend.