Posted 2012-January-23, 00:22
When I started playing here, 24 boards in three hours was the norm. Now clubs are trying to get 26 or 27 boards done in the same three hours. Folks now expect that when the session starts at noon, they're going to be out the door at 3:05, however many boards were scheduled. Couple this with players who will not sit down and shut up at noon (or better, at five minutes 'til) so the director can count tables and get the movement started, and you have a situation where people will show a definite lack of interest in late plays. Yet there is still an expectation, I think, that if you agree to play a session, you agree to play all the boards the director schedules for you in that session, and if that means taking a later train, so be it. Of course, if there is no later train, no doubt the pair will just assume that the club will accommodate them, even if they don't mention the need in advance. At least, I've rarely seen anyone around here say anything to the TD about a need to leave on time (or early) until the time comes.
It occurs to me that if a pair comes to me before the session starts and says "we have to leave in no more than three hours", I will at least be able to plan ahead a bit, and perhaps cancel the last round or part of it for them and their opponents because they need to leave when they do. Or use a movement that accommodates the need. I have had pairs ask for a last round sit out, when there's an odd number of pairs, and I would certainly accommodate that where possible too (I might get two or three pairs asking for that, I suppose, though it hasn't happened yet). But if they don't do that, I don't see why I should feel obligated (other than the standard club owner's fear they won't come back, to which I don't subscribe) to accommodate them in that way.
I have come to realise it is futile to expect or hope a regular club game will be run in accordance with the laws. -- Jillybean
Factor in Alzheimers, and I can not recall a bad result from aggessive action in this situation. -- Aguahombre
When I look through the hand records after a club evening, the boards I didn't play are always the ones where I would have done great. -- Cherdano