|95 years of separation.|
|Breathing in surround sound|
With such a variety of persona, it is easy to spot the loud families. Some people are unable to whisper (especially kids, with their robust diaphragms!) and yet others speak loudly because they can't hear so well (the older crowd). The one good thing about bad hearing is that you can turn your hearing aide off when playing in a tournament. There will always be occasional voices when there is a blunder. And, everyone in the room will crane their head to see what happened.
This is why some people insist on listening to music during tournament play. This tends to be at the Tournament Director's discretion. In Idaho, some allow it and some don't. Sometimes players can ruin the privileges for others as one man listened to a symphony that I could "sing along" to. I prefer Deadmau5, but invariably, I model good behavior and refrain from the zune (microsoft's ipod).
|Some players like to listen to music while they play (more to drown out other distractions than anything else).|
With the youngsters playing and learning etiquette (I like the "brush your teeth rule"), toleration can be very difficult. It is clear to me when a child is more concerned about his rating than the actual game he is playing by what they say (and how often they say it). One little guy will always offer a draw (draw etiquette link) in the quality of voice that is like whispering in a megaphone every time his game takes a bad turn. It was cute when the little boy offered a draw when Kevin Patterson went a piece up, but every turn after that? He began to beg for a draw. I had to restrain myself from turning around and saying "resign or play your game!" This is one of the scholastic drawbacks - rating fever. Kevin was a good sport.
|Gary from Pokey|
Unfortunately, I had to sit next to the same boy while Jamie Lang had a go. While looking at the pairing sheets, I told Jamie to please win quickly. Jamie won a piece and the draw offers commenced but the little guy seemed to have Vaseline on his king and the game continued longer than I hoped. He was getting bored and made a pyramid out of the pawns he had taken from Jamie and then knocked them over onto the table. I finally said something when he was holding onto the table so he could rock better in his chair while shaking his Pepsi. Our table shimmied and I began to feel like I was playing on a boat! Thankfully, my round 5 game was not affected by all the distractions offered and I played the shortest tournament game (seven moves!) against Kevin Patterson and I tied for 1st place with 4.0 points. E4 G4 is not an opening I am likely to play!
|Chess is a spectator sport as Kevin watches his daughter Emily play.|
|Idaho chess hero, Glen Buckendorf|