Horfield E win in Yate: Pandemonium at the death

Yate B 1 1/2 Horfield E 2 1/2

Played 8 January 2019

There was an exciting and educational denouement to this closely fought contest.  Alex won comfortably and Piotr lost quite early.  Graham was winning throughout but the excitement was on board one.  Mike had a clear and winning material advantage but was well down on time.

Kevin was sensibly maintaining his advantage on the clock and Mike was getting more and more tense.  Mike’s time dropped below five minutes and he stopped writing down his moves.  Pandemonium.  Kevin explained that Mike had to carry on writing down his moves.  Alex was there and said he did not.  Kevin said that with the increment you did.  Alex persisted and asked for the copy of the laws that each club is obliged to have.  The relevant law is  8.4 here:

8.1.1 In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent in the correct manner, move after move, as clearly and legibly as possible, in the algebraic notation (Appendix C), on the ‘scoresheet’ prescribed for the competition.
8.1.2 It is forbidden to write the moves in advance, unless the player is claiming a draw according to Article 9.2, or 9.3 or adjourning a game according to Guidelines I.1.1
8.1.3 A player may reply to his opponent’s move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another.
8.1.4 The scoresheet shall be used only for recording the moves, the times of the clocks, offers of a draw, matters relating to a claim and other relevant data.
8.1.5 Both players must record the offer of a draw on the scoresheet with a symbol (=).
8.1.6 If a player is unable to keep score, an assistant, who must be acceptable to the arbiter, may be provided by the player to write the moves. His clock shall be adjusted by the arbiter in an equitable way. This adjustment of the clock shall not apply to a player with a disability.
8.2 The scoresheet shall be visible to the arbiter throughout the game.
8.3 The scoresheets are the property of the organiser of the competition.
8.4 If a player has less than five minutes left on his clock at some stage in a period and does not have additional time of 30 seconds or more added with each move, then for the remainder of the period he is not obliged to meet the requirements of Article 8.1.1.

Kevin and his squad thought that any increment meant you had to write down the moves, but 10s increments are not 30s increments.

All was settled amicably.  Graham now won his match and Mike rather than demonstrate how to mate with two bishops in five minutes agreed a draw.  So Horfield won.


Yate B Horfield E
Kevin Langmaid 1/2 1/2 Mike Jennings
David Clarke 1 0 Piotr Zielinski
James Bliss 0 1 Alex Dunn
Lester Moon 0 1 Graham Strickland
Total 1 1/2 2  1/2 Total



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