That’s not a legal move

Venue: Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament

Time: 9:30 AM

Timers pressed. Game began.

My opponent was a little girl, not more than 10 years old.  And when the game started I noticed that she had a wrong placement of king and queen (Or something like that, I don’t remember exactly).  I thought, “Oh..this innocent kid, poor girl, why should I make her in trouble” I told her to correct it and the game restarted.

After sometime, she called the arbiter.  Did I make any mistake? My eyes scanned the entire board..no, nothing is wrong.. then what’s wrong with her..I thought.

The timer was placed on my left side, so I was moving pieces with my left hand to meet the law of pressing the timer with the same hand which made move. And as a poke-yoke, I kept a pen in my right hand too and was writing the moves in the notepad.  The cautious me, no..;)

The little girl assumed that I was playing with right hand, as it is the normal way. And when she noticed that I was pressing the timer with left hand, a bulb lighted in her head. Anyway, it didn’t take much time to make it clear for her as the arbiter was the real witness to shield me.

Another 10 or 15 moves over. I did a short castling. Again she stood up.. I scanned my board..the cycle repeated, found nothing wrong. The arbiter came and at once she said that I moved into check. Castling is only forbidden when an opponent’s piece controls a square that the king has to cross. Thanks God, I am saved this time, too. She might have got mistaken by the rules.

After a few more moves, she called the arbiter again. My heartbeats started to increase. And this time, she had a complaint about the table, that it’s not steady.. Anyway the arbiter solved this problem too…the match continued..

Please don’t ask me who win or lose the match, I give full credit to that little girl as she gave me an alternative insight to her generation.

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One thought on “That’s not a legal move

  1. Geetha B

    August 31, 2016 at 9:14am

    I’ve played some opponents in championships who had dirty tricks up their sleeve (like they would ask their friends to come and stand behind me to watch the game from right behind me and try to create pressure during zeitnot) but I did not think that applied to little girls. Surely is a different generation…

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      Akhila

      August 31, 2016 at 9:20am

      yaa.. it was a different experience for me.. infact even after the game, i was thinking in favor of the child. i thought like, it wont be justifiable if i talk against her since herself being a little girl…but there were many who shared similar experience.. may be they are the smarter generation.

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      • Geetha B

        August 31, 2016 at 9:22am

        I don’t think it is a smart thing to use something out of the game to try to win the game. Chess is a noble art and must be won on its own merit

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          Akhila

          August 31, 2016 at 9:26am

          true.. but seems the world is tuning them in such a direction…the world including, everyone of us..

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    Akhila

    August 31, 2016 at 9:23am

    there was no grouping based on age..since being chess game

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    Akhila

    August 31, 2016 at 9:24am

    any why dont, while I am just nearing 11 😉

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    Akhila

    August 31, 2016 at 10:36am

    ha ha.. i really enjoyed your reply, a kind of advice wearing the shoe of someone in 70’s..lolz…
    true that the arbiter might have got tired, as she didnt end even after three calls.. i just stopped writing with the initial three..

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  5. Bikramjit

    August 31, 2016 at 11:29am

    Clever indeed.. and to do it in a way that in end you still thinking of her as

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    Akhila

    August 31, 2016 at 11:35am

    ha ha..in a dilemma now.. who is more innocent..;)

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  7. Carolyn Page

    August 31, 2016 at 12:19pm

    Perhaps the lesson has something to do with naivety! Deception can come in many guises; little girls not excluded. You strike me as a beautiful soul. Some beautiful souls like to think the best of all people, when the opposite can also be true; even in little girls! Acceptance can be a wonderful key!
    Getting down from my soap-box now….. 😉 😉
    Really enjoyed your story… 🙂

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      Akhila

      August 31, 2016 at 12:22pm

      thanks carolyn. true that.. just need to accept the reality…infact still i doubt who lost the sportsman spirit..

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  8. Shalini Sharrma

    August 31, 2016 at 6:00pm

    You reminded me of the last time, almost years back i played chess with a kid who’s no more :’) Almost a tutor and in a year a student as the kid’s moves and mind so perfect that i lagged behind since then i left the game, almost out of my mind.

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    Akhila

    August 31, 2016 at 10:23pm

    extra curricular activities…of course it will be a fun time to be with kids.

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    • prashantt

      August 31, 2016 at 10:58pm

      Yeah! Actually i love bieng with kids and this week we will be bringing them to planetarium.Fun with studies.

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  10. Daisy in the Willows

    August 31, 2016 at 11:05pm

    All I can say is I wish I could play chess. The way you described it makes it one of the best sports to engage the mind in . 🙂

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      Akhila

      August 31, 2016 at 11:13pm

      true that it is one of the best games to engage your mind..in fact i was a kind of addicted to it earlier.. a little bit relieved now

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      • Daisy in the Willows

        September 1, 2016 at 12:30am

        WOW! I admire you even more. You play hardcore chess. It is now officially on my bucket list of to do’s

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          Akhila

          September 1, 2016 at 9:09am

          Daisy.. it is really good that you have it in your to-do list.. I am sure you will take it up.. thumbs up

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      Akhila

      September 1, 2016 at 9:06am

      may be the generation gap…and even after hearing similar experience from many other players during that day, i was suspicious on my own sportsman spirit..

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  11. Josh

    September 1, 2016 at 8:52am

    Bottom line you had an amazing experience! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      Akhila

      September 1, 2016 at 9:01am

      true that..and above all, she was a wonderful player

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    Akhila

    September 1, 2016 at 9:08am

    hnefatafl.. i donno about it…
    and regarding a match: why not.. I am ready to win..lolz…

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    Akhila

    September 1, 2016 at 9:10am

    absolutely.. it’s a game enhancing focus…

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    Akhila

    September 1, 2016 at 9:28am

    oh.. it’s such a nice thing prashant.. really proud of you..

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    Akhila

    September 1, 2016 at 9:47am

    wish you too a great time at planetarium on week ends..share the experiences..

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      Akhila

      September 2, 2016 at 2:47pm

      ha ha…who knows whether she had another version for this story..

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  16. avinamdar

    September 1, 2016 at 10:35pm

    Thank God I haven’t yet played chess with a ten year old girl. I’m going to take this post as a warning and steer clear of those little rascals. 😛

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    Akhila

    September 3, 2016 at 10:20am

    may be i need to promote guess works with some awards

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