Post by lond0nvisitor on Oct 15, 2011 3:41:22 GMT -5
Just want to say that I went there a couple of Sundays ago, and one guy in particular, Sergey I think was his name, was quite rude for no real reason. A shame that chess players are such strange people. He was arrogant and snotty for no real reason other than to be a jerk. For someone who is probably about 2000 FIDE rated tops, he needs to check his ego. If you do not want people watching you, do not sit in a super busy park. Have fun at the park visitors.
ha, yes, i got the same ' warm ' welcome from them. a shame, i was looking forward to meeting some chess players during my stay here. some nice ones at least! fortunately there are lots of other chess clubs in london.
Sorry that some folks didnt get a welcome from some players. I dont know of a Sergey, so hopefully that guy isnt arond anymore. One thing I will say though just for any that might need to be reminded is it is polite to ask if you can watch, and also never make any sound or gesture regarding the game, including not calling "check" even if someone misses it. Some people take kings, and also thinking about an illegal move wastes your clock and may also force a bad move if playing touch move, i.e. is part of the game. If people get angry with you for disturbing their game, they have a right too. Again, most people though are friendly.
I found a couple of players at holland park cafe d**n right rude and obnoxious today. 8/3/13. The cafe is obviously shared with other park users including families, mums and babies. These players started shouting at us for not getting my 18 month old son to keep quiet. I did my best to keep him quiet enough and within our area (the other end of cafe) and when he started crying I even took him out into the rain for a few minutes to calm down. On my return we received a lot of abuse even whilst trying to pack up the buggy / kids and leave the place. These grumpy old men are a disgrace to our society. Having been told by the staff that they cannot expect silence in a park cafe and that the level of noise was perfectly acceptable, they proceeded to be rude to the staff, clear out all other customers but continue playing! 'Not the nicest people' puts it politely...
Post by petejwatts on Jun 14, 2013 19:29:27 GMT -5
I am very sorry for Gemma and anyone else who has suffered rudeness from a chess player. Generally I think there is only one or two individuals prone to this at most who spoi community relations for everyone. I guess we have a commitment to openness and honesty here in that we are not deleting this thread, even though it is possibly damaging to our community's image. I must say also that "in the rain" is a bit misleading, as the arches provide shelter which you no doubt used. Fwiw the cafe is v poorly designed with absolutely no soft surfaces to cushion noise and I wouldnt be surprised if the noise levels actually violate health and safety laws when there are several or even one small child screaming fit to bust (no, its not as silly as it sounds, confined hard spaces are echo chambers). That isnt the fault of people with small children though,although I have seen a non=player complain about a noisy child and sometimes I think parents could do more to quiet them. Some let their children run around or even ride trikes inside sometimes, an obvious safety hazard, plus some let their children throw a frisbee around inside the gated area which ended up hitting me. Selfishness and rudeness can go in both directions.
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2013 19:39:11 GMT -5 by petejwatts