Hi DavidDavid Grobler wrote:Different things distract different people.At the recent Sheffield Weekend Congress I was distracted by a player who was drinking bottles of beer at approx 10:00 in the morning . Noise doesnt bother me in the slightest....
Yeah I saw him, he was doing it during every round. He seemed to have a backpack with an unlimited supply of Bex and a bottle opener - I personally found it quite amusing, but I know what you mean, I wouldnâ€™t have fancied playing him - by the end of the game he had about 6 empties lined up next to him at the board
Still if there is a bar at the congress I will occasionally indulge in a pint with my game (not a morning round!) so Iâ€™m not really one to talk
There was one very annoying junior who shall remain nameless, at the recent Heywood congress (and I think Iâ€™d played him before at York) who literally offered a draw after every single move, once we were about 10 moves into the opening. I was well within my rights to complain to the arbiter - but he was no older than 9 - you canâ€™t really can you.
I was determine to trade off, eek out my extra pawn and win the ending, but at one point he offered a draw, I said no, he then left me thinking at the board. He returned, saw I had not moved and offered another draw - this particularly irritated me and I could feel myself getting seriously p***ed off so I stuck my hand out and accepted - a decision I regretted about 2 minutes later.
From talking to other players I found out heâ€™d done it in every other game.