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Finish the game
Find an opponent when someone dies in the middle of a match
By USCF rules - if someone dies during a game, the tournament
director can adjudicate it and declare a result based
upon best play by both sides.
But I was playing a more casual game with a coworker a couple
week ago when he suffered a cardiac incident. He was losing (I
expected mate in 3)
and joked with him (as they were bundling
him into the ambulance) that he couldn't get out of it that
Turns out he could. We weren't using a clock, though his time
definitely run out. Board is still on my conference table, his
For cases like this, I propose a service that maintains a
of available players by rank, who are willing to step in and
a stalled game. It doesn't feel right to just put the pieces
back in the box.
How I imagine this all went down.
[LimpNotes, Oct 02 2021]
Dead Mans Hand
[a1, Oct 02 2021]
||I dunno man, that board is cursed, now. You haven't
been using the opposing pieces for Ouija to contact
him, have you?
||Nah, I figure if he can be reached hell make his
move. He always was a slow player, but two weeks
||A large, framed photograph of the board, in situ, with an
appropriate title (Bob Millhouse's Last Movement,
Chessticular Fortitude, etc) might net a large sum as art,
enough to fund this service.
||Yep. Epoxy that board as it sits. The last chess move of Bob should be immortalized.
||Experts can debate potential outcomes from there.
||I'm with RayfordSteele on this. Don't pick up those aces & eights!
||Just use a chess program if you want to finish the game? there
are games where you can set
the board then choose a side I'm sure, failing that
commandeer a junior from the post room, do we still have
||DrBob, I accidentally deleted your link but I know
the reference. Thats why you see it (re)posted
under my name.
||If you applied the same system to gladiatorial combat, it
would go on literally forever.
||Thanks LimpNotes. I understood the part where he said Hyen
Tao Yong Tai, but then the subtitles confused me because
they were going too fast and I wasn't sure which way they
should be read, from reft to light, top to bottom or some
||//I understood the part//
It's just a movie recommendation for
people who like chess. English subtitled versions are available.