IanCalvert wrote:For the record, in an "ECF Elections 2016" thread, my view of events, included in Sean Hewitt's post of 10:22 , around his threat to disqualify me at Crawley and the subsequent discussion is very different from his .
i think some of his comments may be libelous and are untrue.
Then sue us. I stand by everything i have said.
I wouldn't have even mentioned it here but, as you have, what happened was
You were perfoming poorly in the event and in Round 5 were due the bye.
We published the paitings for round 5 with you having "See Controller"
When I returned to the office from setting up, you were agitated. You said "Let me make my position clear, "See Controller" had better not mean you intend to give me a bye. I've paid for 7 games of chess and it's your responsibility to give me 7 games of chess".
I advised you that the FIDE laws of chess were prescriptive about who received the bye and in this round, it was you. I would try to find you an opponent, but could offer no guarantee.
You told me that if I didn't find you an an opponent, you would not play in e2e4 events again, and 'threatened' to make sure that all the players you knew were told about this.
Believing you to be totally unreasonable, not being appreciative of threats, and knowing that most players would think you were being an idiot, I told you to go ahead. I further advised you that I would make the decision for you and not have you back at future events.
I then left to finish setting up, and you followed me. You were verbally aggressive, and attempted to invade my personal space. You were stood directly in front of me shouting, and incandescent with rage. At this point I warned you that your actions brought the game into disrepute. I told you that if you did not stop, I would have no choice but to disqualify you. This was not an action that I wanted to take but I needed you to stop behaving in this way.
You challenged my ability to do this, and I quoted law 11.1 (bringing the game into disrepute) and 12.9 (allowabe penaties for such offence). I further advised that you should walk away and take 5 minutes to calm down.
You asked whether you would be disqualified if you went away. I said you wouldn't. You walked away.
After the round had started I tried to find you an opponent (as I aways do). None was forthcoming. I advised you of this at 3.15.
At approx 3.30 you came to see me, much calmer. You advised that you had been aggitated because it had taken 10 minutes to find me, and that you had not expected to get the bye, and that you did not believe it was correct that you did get the bye.
I spent 20 minutes explainging, the FIDE pairing rules. I showed the exact wording to you on the FIDE website. I showed you the pairing record of the player you thought should have had the bye. I explained that the fact that he had had a bye already prohibited him from getting the forced bye in this round. You accepted that the pairing was right, though said you believed that the pairing rules should be different so that you didn't get the bye.
You accepted that your language had been "aggressive" and that you had "blown your top". You explained that you use aggressive language to get your own way, and were frustrated when it did not work on this occassion. You apologised for that, I apologised for you not being able to find me and any upset that had caused and we shook hands.
Issue dealt with like grown ups and matter closed. Or so I thought.
So please, go ahead. Do your worst. I always front up to unacceptable behaviour, and erradicate it from e2e4 events wherever I can.