David Sedgwick wrote: harrylamb wrote:
David Sedgwick wrote:For some reason this incident reminds me of a famous dispute at Hastings about fifteen years ago, when a player insisted that he couldn't play without having a large mascot next to the board. His opponent objected that the mascot was extremely off-putting, a view upheld by the arbiter.
I remember it well. I was on the appeals committee. It was one of the more amusing disputes I have had in my career. The appeals committee upheld the arbiters decision and awarded the game to the mascot-less player. This naturally lead to a follow up dispute. Neither player had actually played a move. The mascot player claimed he should lose by default because the game had not started. His opponent claimed a win on time because the mascot player had turned up at the board and thus the game had started. You may think disputing the method of victory is a bit pedantic, but the mascot-less player got the FIDE rating points if his opponent was deemed to have turned up. If the game was a default it would not be rated. The appeals committee decided that the match had started and should thus be rated. I always felt that while this decision was harsh it was nevertheless the correct one.
Hi Harry. Good to see you on the Forum.
I chaired the Appeal Committee. I can't remember who the third member was - can you?
My recollection is that it was only the question of whether the game should be scored 1-0 or +/- default that was the subject of the appeal. The player with the mascot didn't mind being defaulted, but he didn't like losing the rating points.
He started shouting at me when I told him the decision. I calmed him down by telling him that if he was unhappy he could ask his Federation to raise the matter with FIDE. I subsequently heard that he'd sought to do so, but that his Federation or FIDE ( I'm not sure which) had agreed with us.
'Twas me David. Most distressed not to be remembered. But thanks for the post-Appeals beer!
Big darned teddy it was too. Though, do remember his Dutch opponent had taken bets with his mates that he was gonna complain. Fair play to him.
Remember we asked to have it brought in, though whether as witness, culprit or evidence unclear to me, even at the time.
Re cultural expressions, a haka would certainly be interesting.
I made sure that our Japanese team expressed ourselves at the Calvia 2004 Olympiad prizegiving, where we got Category E gold (whoopydoo).
Led team yells of BANZAI!!!!!
onstage (3x, arms outstretched in air in traditional fashion). Shocked Campomanes who dropped the medals, silly sod. Mind you, could have been old war memories coming back...
"BANZAI! BANZAI! BANZAIIIIIIII!"