Potty Trained, World Class Chess

xsedrinam

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Oct 21, 2004
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Frequent toilet breaks have resulted in a row between two world champions, Russian Vladimir Kramnik and Bulgarian Veselin Topalov. One has accused the other of "cheating" in the bathroom. Knight takes pawn, check.
 

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elfin buddy

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Sep 16, 2001
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Ah, makes more sense now that I've read the article. When I first read "Frequent toilet breaks", I took that as meaning one of them was continually clogging the toilet and annoying the Hell out of the other player :eek:

Imagine how much more exciting the world of chess would be, if players started pranking one another to throw off one another's concentration...I'd pay for that!
 

katie ta achoo

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May 2, 2005
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elfin buddy said:
Imagine how much more exciting the world of chess would be, if players started pranking one another to throw off one another's concentration...I'd pay for that!
That would be AWESOME!

One goes to the bathroom, and the other puts a whoopee cushion in his chair!
 

fuzzwud

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Jul 30, 2004
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CorvusCamenarum said:
For the modern day chess player, this will allievate those pesky bladder problems without interrupting play:


Nice, if I played chess, I would use that as a party tray. Pretzels, chex, etc. Then, I'd make a refridgerated version for ice cream out of the bucket. Rocky road ...
 

ZoomZoomZoom

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May 2, 2005
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Bathroom cheating happens, but I wouldn't have thought it to happen at such high levels of play. (Though, logically, it probably would as professionals cheat from everything from bicycling to baseball.)

When I used to play in high school, there were a few cases of cheating. In smaller "meets", there was a time limit of 40 minutes per player - sacrificing 1/4th of your time to make 2 moves (max, not like you're going to get away with 3+ bathroom breaks) wouldn't be worth it. In larger tournaments, where time limits were raised, cheating might be easier. However, you'd still probably be limited to 1 or 2 'cheating sessions' at great expense to time, and at the risk of being caught and disqualified.